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.

Is Gluten Intolerance a Food Allergy?

If you have been diagnosed with gluten intolerance, or celiac disease, you may be wondering whether it qualifies as a food allergy. While gluten intolerance is often spoken of as if it were synonymous with an allergy to wheat, it is fundamentally different. If you have a wheat allergy, it means that your body has an allergic reaction to foods that contain wheat. Gluten intolerance is an autoimmune disorder characterized by an inability to digest foods that contain gluten, the protein found in most grains. If you eat foods with gluten, it can damage your small intestine and lead to a number of serious health complications.

If you have been diagnosed with food allergies or believe you could be experiencing an allergic reaction, then make an appointment with a doctor at Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM. Our team of allergists is available in Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania. To learn more, visit our website or call 1(800)86-COUGH, option 2 or schedule online at www.AllergyandAsthmaWellness.com.

The Delayed Symptoms of Red Meat Allergies

Many people associate food allergies with bad reactions to foods such as nuts, shellfish, and wheat. They aren’t likely to think of red meat. In fact, red meat allergies do occur—but the warning signs may not show themselves immediately. An allergic reaction to red meat can happen hours after you consume it, and you may not even associate your symptoms with the food. Watch this informative video to learn more about red meat allergies and how to recognize the symptoms.

Don’t let food allergies put your life at risk—talk to one of the knowledgeable allergists at Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM . To make an appointment with a specialist in Philadelphia, Pottstown, Lansdale, Blue Bell, Jenkintown, King of Prussia, or one of our other area locations, please call 1(800)86-COUGH, option 2.

Can People with Egg Allergies Still Receive Vaccines?

Vaccines are generally considered to be extremely beneficial, considering the role they play in protecting us against dangerous diseases. For people who have egg allergies, however, the issue may not seem as clear-cut. Some vaccines, such as the flu vaccine, may contain a small amount of egg protein. Are they safe for people who have an egg allergy? Your allergy doctor will be able to give you advice that is specific to your case, but this general information may also help.

How do I know if I have an egg allergy?

If a person shows a pattern of allergic reactions to foods that contain eggs, he or she should see an allergist for a professional diagnosis. Egg allergies can range from mild to severe, but all of them are diagnosed in the same way—by undergoing blood or skin testing to look for the presence of antibodies after exposure to eggs.

Do people with egg allergies need to worry about vaccines that contain egg?

The amount of egg protein used in vaccines is usually very small, and the risk is often outweighed by the positive effects of getting the vaccine. However, you should ask your allergy doctor if you need to be concerned about receiving any specific vaccines if you have been diagnosed with an egg allergy.

Which vaccines are most likely to contain egg?

The measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), yellow fever, and flu vaccines are the most common vaccines that may contain egg protein. The MMR vaccine is considered to be safe for most patients. In some cases, people who experience hives when exposed to eggs may need to get a special type of flu shot. The yellow fever vaccine is the most likely of these vaccines to cause a reaction. Usually, doctors recommend avoiding the vaccine or only getting it under medical supervision.

At Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM, we offer extensive treatment options for people with food allergies and can help you safely and effectively manage your risk factors and symptoms. Take control of your allergies today by making an appointment with an allergy specialist in Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, or Collegeville, Pennsylvania. To get started, call 1(800)86-COUGH, option 2 or schedule online at www.AllergyandAsthmaWellness.com.

Giving Back to Veterans in Need

In the past few days, Barbara Smith, the administrative assistant for A&AS has crisscrossed the area delivering much need gifts and supplies to the area’s veterans and their families in need.

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU TO OUR PATIENTS FOR MAKING THESE DONATIONS POSSIBLE! A&AS would also like to thank the COLBROOKDALE POLICE DEPARTMENT SHOP WITH A COP program who donated a significant supply of goods and gifts.

Donations at the first stop included baby supplies, toiletries, toys and food gift certificates for two homeless veterans and their children.

At the next visit, Barbara delivered toiletries and gifts to 4 families of women vets with 7 children in total struggling to stay in their homes.

The third delivery was to a disabled veteran and his wife and 2 children. They received toiletries, a PS4 game and art supplies for the children and a selection of gift cards.

At the fourth visit, Barbara delivered gifts to an 88-year-old Korean War veteran and his wife. They received a new toaster oven, new bedding and pillows, toiletries and assorted gift cards.

She next visited the Horsham Naval base to meet with the group that assists Air National Guard families in need. There she donated to 3 families with 7 children clothing, holiday gifts for the children, baby supplies, toiletries and gift cards to each family.

At the final stop, an SUV full of donations went to the main house of Support Homeless Veterans, Inc near Temple campus. With the help of residents, Anthony Brown and Anthony Miller (pictured with Barbara), boxes of toiletries, kitchen supplies, clothing including winter coats, towels, and gifts were unloaded.

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.

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