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.

Avoiding Dust Allergy Triggers While Cleaning

Dust contains the droppings from dust mites, tiny (microscopic) eight-legged creatures that are closely related to ticks and spiders. They grow best in warm, humid areas and live predominantly on a diet of human flakes of skin. It is these droppings that trigger allergic reactions in some individuals.

Symptoms of dust mite allergy tend to be most prominent in the spring, fall and winter. Dust mites thrive in fabrics such as mattresses, pillows, bedding, carpet, upholstered furniture and stuffed animals. To reduce the amount of dust in your home—and make cleaning a less triggering activity—make it a goal to keep clutter off your floors, wipe down counter and furniture surfaces daily, vacuum your carpets weekly, and change blankets, throw rugs, and bed linen as frequently as possible.

If you have allergies, it’s important for you to find effective ways to avoid triggers while you’re cleaning your home. Avoid using commercial cleaners that use harsh chemicals such as ammonia or formaldehyde. Instead, opt for non-toxic cleaners such as mixtures that use baking soda and vinegar.

Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM provides state-of-the-art allergy testing and treatment for the entire family. Our goal is to help you find relief from your symptoms so you can get back to enjoying your life again. To set up a consultation, call 1(800)86-COUGH. We have conveniently located offices in Blue Bell, Lansdale, Philadelphia, Jenkintown, Pottstown, King of Prussia, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania.

Is Your Asthma Under Control?

How can you tell if your asthma is uncontrolled? As an experienced allergist explains in this video from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, you can determine whether you need to see an allergist about your asthma by using the “rule of two.” If you’re needing to use your rescue inhaler more than twice a week—and not when you’re exercising or otherwise physically exerting yourself—or if you find yourself waking up in the night as a result of your asthma, it’s time to contact an allergist.

Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM works to provide all of our patients with the capable care and effective asthma treatment they deserve. If you’d like to learn more about our services, call 1(800)86-COUGH to reach one of our locations near Collegeville, Pottstown, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Blue Bell, Lansdale, Philadelphia, and Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

Got Egg Allergies? Read This Kitchen Survival Guide

Any type of food allergy can make mealtime more difficult because you must be diligent about reading ingredient labels before digging into prepared dishes and packaged foods. Egg allergies can present an even greater challenge, because eggs are such versatile ingredients that they end up in countless recipes, from breakfast staples to baked goods. If you do have an egg allergy, it is possible to eat well and still enjoy many of the recipes that commonly feature eggs, as long as you know some helpful substitutions to employ.

Where Eggs Are Typically Found

When eggs are fried or scrambled, it’s obvious that they’re on the plate, so they are easy to avoid. However, the biggest challenge for egg allergy sufferers comes from foods where eggs are among many other ingredients. Most baked goods fall into this category, including many types of breads, cakes, cookies, muffins, bagels, and pastries. Eggs are also commonly used as a binding ingredient, so they may also be found in fillings for pasta dishes or foods like meatloaf.

What You Can Use as a Substitute for Eggs

One of the easiest ways to avoid eggs is by selecting vegan options, especially when you are dining out and have limited access to ingredients lists. However, you can get more creative and substitute eggs in your own cooking so that you don’t have to omit more ingredients than necessary. Here is a look at some great egg substitutes and their best uses.

  • Applesauce, pumpkin puree, or mashed banana: Use ¼ cup for each egg in any recipe for baked goods, and reduce sugar in recipe to taste.
  • Commercial egg replacer: Use according to package instructions. This is available in the baking aisle at most grocery stores, and is excellent for limiting any added flavor.
  • Silken tofu: Use ¼ cup pureed tofu per egg. Expect a denser finished product. This is best for breads, brownies, and cookies.
  • Carbonated water: Use ¼ cup per egg where added leavening is desired, such as in cakes and quick breads.
  • Aquafaba: Use 3 tablespoons of this substitute—which is the liquid left over from cooking chickpeas or the fluid found in cans of chickpeas—to replace one egg. This can be whipped into stiff peaks where egg whites would normally be used.

Living with a food allergy does take some extra work and knowhow in the kitchen, but it is easier with the help of allergy doctors serving Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania. For allergy care in these areas, schedule an appointment with Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM by calling 1(800)86-COUGH. Our specialists can provide food allergy testing as well as immunotherapy and other treatments to help you manage your symptoms.

Understanding Anaphylaxis

When you have allergies, you probably experience limited allergic reactions only affecting certain parts of the body. For example, rhinitis will only cause symptoms like sneezing and a runny nose. As this video explains, anaphylaxis is a different kind of allergic reaction because it affects the entire body. Anaphylaxis is a severe reaction that occurs very quickly and can be life-threatening, so it is imperative to recognize the reaction occurring and seek emergency care immediately.

The board-certified doctors at Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM can help you recognize your risk for anaphylaxis due to food allergies, insect allergies, or other triggers. If you are looking for allergy care in Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, or Collegeville, Pennsylvania, call our offices at 1(800)86-COUGH and schedule a consultation.

Undergoing the FeNO Test

If you suffer from allergic or eosinophilic asthma, you may use a steroidal inhaler to suppress inflammation and improve breathing. When you take this medication, you may feel that your breathing has improved, but there may still be higher concentrations of nitric oxide—an indicator of inflammation in the airway—when you exhale. For this reason, your allergist may recommend a FeNO test to establish a baseline and then to measure the effectiveness of your medication.

A FeNO test is a simple test, during which you will breathe into a special instrument to measure the concentration of nitric oxide in your lungs. Unlike other lung function tests, this test requires you to blow out slowly in a long, steady stream rather than breathing hard and fast. If your nitric oxide levels are still too high after you take your medication, your allergist may recommend increasing the dose of your daily inhaler.

Allergy & Asthma Specialists is one of the few medical practices in the region that performs the FeNO test in the office as a standard protocol for all new patients.

At Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM, you can expect a full range of care for allergies and asthma, including specialized testing to measure lung function and better manage your symptoms. For more information about our services in Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania, call us at 1(800)86-COUGH.

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