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Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM is a dynamic, state of the art Allergy/Clinical Immunology practice established in 1989. We promise to provide to our patients the most scientifically advanced allergy and asthma care in a personal, thorough, considerate and efficient environment in order to obtain the best possible health for every patient.

Get the Facts on Children with Asthma

Asthma is a disease that involves the chronic inflammation of the lungs. It is among the most common chronic conditions diagnosed in infants and children. If you suspect your child mayvhave asthma, schedule an appointment with an asthma specialist right away. An asthma doctor can conduct a thorough examination and provide treatment guidelines for managing the disease.

Risk Factors

Certain risk factors may increase the likelihood of childhood asthma. Your child may be more likely to develop asthma if he or she has allergies, frequent respiratory infections, dermitits or eczema, or exposure to secondhand smoke—before or after birth. Other risk factors of childhood asthma include having a low birth weight and having a family history of either allergies or asthma.

Symptoms

When you bring your child to the allergist for an examination, he or she will ask you about the symptoms you’ve noticed. Childhood asthma can cause infants and children to have rapid breathing, labored breathing, and wheezing while breathing. They may frequently cough, complain of fatigue or weakness, and appear lethargic. Asthma can also lead to chest discomfort. Children may have asthma attacks, which are periods during which the symptoms can become quite severe and breathing is particularly difficult.

Diagnosis

Before the allergy specialist can diagnose your child with asthma, he or she will carefully review your child’s medical history, conduct a physical examination, and evaluate the child’s everyday living environment. The allergist will also conduct a panel of skin tests to check for allergies and lung function testing to measure the capacity of the lungs.

Treatment Options

There is no cure for asthma. However, it can be managed. The asthma doctor can discuss how your child can avoid asthma triggers. He or she can prescribe medications to control the symptoms and demonstrate the use of quick relief inhalers to be used in the event of an asthma attack. Allergy immunotherapy may also be helpful for managing childhood asthma.

Fellowship trained, board certified allergists/immunologists comprise the entire physician staff of Allergy & Asthma Specialists. Allergy doctors at this premier medical practice provide comprehensive allergy and asthma diagnostics and state of the art treatment, including three types of immunotherapy, at offices located in center city Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Schedule today online at www.AllergyandAsthmaWellness.com or by calling 1-800-86COUGH, extension two.

What Is Allergic Rhinitis?

Allergic rhinitis is commonly known as hay fever or rose fever. An allergy doctor may diagnose a patient with seasonal allergic rhinitis, which means that the symptoms develop in the spring, summer, or early fall. Common triggers of seasonal allergic rhinitis include mold spores and pollen. If a patient experiences symptoms throughout the year, the allergy doctor will diagnose him or her with perennial allergic rhinitis. This type of allergic rhinitis may be triggered by pet dander, dust mites, mold, or cockroaches.

When the patient reports his or her symptoms to the allergist, they will typically include sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, and fatigue. The condition can also cause itchy eyes, skin, and mouth. Allergy doctors can recommend a multifaceted treatment plan for allergic rhinitis, which may include lifestyle modifications, over-the-counter medications, prescription medications, or immunotherapy.

Fellowship trained, board certified allergists/immunologists comprise the entire physician staff of Allergy & Asthma Specialists. Allergy doctors at this premier medical practice provide comprehensive allergy and asthma diagnostics and state of the art treatment, including three types of immunotherapy, at offices located in center city Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Schedule today online at www.AllergyandAsthmaWellness.com or by calling 1-800-86COUGH, extension two.

Should You See an Allergist?

An allergy doctor is a healthcare provider who has undergone extensive training in the evaluation

and treatment of patients who suffer from allergies and/or asthma. By seeking proper care from

an allergist, you’re likely to find that your quality of life improves as your symptoms become

better managed. There are a number of reasons why you might schedule a visit to an allergy

doctor.

Have You Experienced Possible Symptoms of Allergies or Asthma?

You should see an allergy specialist if you’ve been experiencing persistent shortness of breath,

wheezing, coughing, and tightness in the chest. These asthma symptoms may be particularly

noticeable after exercise or at night. You should also see an allergy doctor if you’ve noticed

potential symptoms of allergies, which may include hives, eczema, contact dermatitis, sneezing,

congestion, runny nose, or itchy eyes and nose.

Are You Unsure of Your Allergy or Asthma Triggers?

Even if you’ve already been diagnosed with allergies or asthma, you can benefit from making a

follow-up appointment with an allergy specialist. The doctor can identify the triggers that may be

causing your asthma. Some common asthma triggers include irritants, allergens, exercise, cold

air, humid air, infections, and certain medications. The allergist can also perform skin testing to

determine your allergy triggers, which may include certain foods, drugs, insect stings, animal

dander, pollen, dust mites, mold, and cockroaches.

Are Your Current Medications Insufficient to Control Your Symptoms?

It’s not uncommon for an allergy or asthma patient to visit an allergy doctor to have his or her

medications adjusted. Sometimes, patients initially tried over-the-counter medications, only to

find that they did not bring sufficient relief of asthma or allergy symptoms. An allergy doctor can

prescribe stronger medications. You could also visit an allergy doctor if you’ve been

experiencing unpleasant side effects from your medications, such as drowsiness. Your doctor

may adjust your medications to help you tolerate your treatment.

Board certified allergists/immunologists comprise the entire physician staff of Allergy & Asthma

Specialists. Allergy doctors at this premier medical practice provide comprehensive allergy and

asthma diagnostics and state of the art treatment, including two types of immunotherapy, at

offices located in center city Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown,

Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Schedule today online at

www.AllergyandAsthmaWellness.com or by calling 1-800-86COUGH, extension two.

A Look at Pollen Allergies

If you sniffle in the spring or sneeze in the fall, it is likely that you have a pollen allergy. Pollen allergies are extremely common, but that doesn’t make them any easier to deal with. The good news is that if you have a pollen allergy that is severe or exacerbating your asthma symptoms, an allergy specialist can help.

Pollen that causes allergic disease typically comes from grass, trees, and weeds. Because it is a fine powder, it is easily inhaled, which triggers allergy symptoms like sneezing, itchy eyes, itchy skin, allergic rhinitis and asthma. An allergy doctor can determine which types of pollen are causing your symptoms and recommend strategies for coping with your allergies.

Allergy & Asthma Specialists has eight convenient locations staffed with fellowship trained, board-certified allergists and immunologists in Jenkintown, Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville, PA. Call us at 1-800-86COUGH, option 2, or visit our website to schedule an appointment today.

Identifying Food Allergies

Food allergies can range from mildly annoying to life threatening, so identifying them as soon as possible is essential. If you or your child is experiencing the symptoms of food allergies, your physician may refer to you an allergy specialist for diagnosis and care. Here are some of the steps involved in identifying food allergies.

Spotting the Symptoms

Food allergy symptoms vary. Some people experience hives, eczema, gastrointestinal problems, and itchy ear canals. Others may have sneezing, nasal congestion, and a dry cough. With severe reactions, people experience swelling in the throat, lips, or tongue that interferes with breathing. There may also be a drop in blood pressure, persistent shortness of breath, and loss of consciousness. Sometimes, there is an impending sense of doom before a severe allergic reaction occurs.

Diagnosing the Allergies

An allergy doctor can use a variety of different tests to diagnose a food allergy. One test is a skin prick test, in which a drop of liquid that contains the allergy trigger is introduced to your system via a prick in your skin. If a mark called a wheal appears, it indicates that you are sensitive to that food. A blood test may also be used. In some cases, eliminating suspected triggers from your diet for two to four weeks to see if your symptoms disappear is the most effective way to identify a food allergy. An oral food challenge, in which you eat a measured amount of the suspected trigger food, is the most accurate diagnostic tool. However, this test must be performed strictly under the watch of an allergy doctor, as it could cause a dangerous reaction.

Diagnosing and treating food allergies is possible with help from an allergy doctor. The fellowship-trained, board-certified allergists and immunologists at Allergy & Asthma Specialists provide comprehensive allergy and asthma diagnostics, including testing for food allergies in King of Prussia, Philadelphia, Blue Bell, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville, PA. You can schedule an appointment today online or at 1-800-86COUGH, option 2.

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