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Enjoying the Season Despite Your Asthma

Summertime can pose some unique challenges for people receiving asthma treatment, but with the help of your doctor, you can keep your symptoms under control without sacrificing summer fun. This video offers some helpful advice.

Asthma symptoms can get worse during the summer because of everything from hotter temperature to more time spent outdoors. Start by limiting your exposure to allergens as much as possible. Don’t take a summer break from your usual asthma treatment, and see your asthma specialist if you’re not getting the relief you need.

If summertime asthma and allergy symptoms have you down, make an appointment at Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM. To schedule a consultation with an allergy doctor near Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, or Collegeville, please call 1-800-86-COUGH, extension 2.

Alternative Spread for Peanut-Free Families

If someone in your family has a food allergy, then you know how important it is to be careful—and creative—in the kitchen. Peanut allergies can be especially tricky to work around, since peanuts lurk in so many products. In addition, parents and kids alike sometimes crave the simplicity of a peanut butter sandwich for the school lunchbox. Fortunately, there are alternative spreads that can recreate the PB&J experience without the risk of a peanut allergy reaction. Here are some alternatives you can try. Keep in mind that these alternatives can also be great solutions for families who aren’t peanut-free but whose kids go to a nut-free school where peanut butter sandwiches are off the menu.

Sunflower Seed Butter

Sunflower seed butter is surprisingly close in taste and texture to peanut butter. It is easy to spread on bread and goes great with jellies and jams. You can usually find it in the same section of the store as peanut butter, and the cost is generally in line with natural peanut butter varieties.

Tahini

Tahini is a paste made of sesame seeds, so it has a nutty flavor. It is not sweet, so it is good for people who prefer unsweetened spreads or who want to pair it with a sweet jam or honey. It is also a good swap for peanut butter in many savory recipes, such as Asian recipes that use peanut butter as a base for sauces.

Cookie Butter

For a sweet treat, cookie butter is a good stand-in for peanut butter. Although it lacks the nutritional value of the other spreads, it is great for spreading on toast or waffles and is a nice lunchtime surprise for kids when paired with some protein.

Your allergy doctor can also be a good source of tips for food swaps to help you avoid allergy triggers. Get the care you need for peanut allergies at Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM. Our doctors in Blue Bell, Philadelphia, King of Prussia, Doylestown, Jenkintown, Lansdale, Pottsville, and Collegeville are ready to serve you. Visit our website or call 800-86-COUGH for an appointment.

Summer Camp Safety Issues for Kids with Allergies

Summer camp doesn’t have to be an experience that kids with allergies must give up. With a little planning and help from your allergy doctor, kids with allergies can have a fun and safe camping experience right alongside all of their friends. If you want your child to go to summer camp but are concerned about allergy management, this advice will help.

Get the Lowdown on Camp Activities

Start by talking to the camp your child wants to attend to get as much information as possible about their activities and their food plans. Find out what kinds of physical activities will be done each day, what plants and wildlife are common in the area, and how meals are handled. Many camps will already have plans in place to accommodate the needs of kids with allergies, such as special meals for kids who have food allergies. Gather information about the existing plans the camp has for kids with allergies, and find out how—or if—they can make adjustments for your child’s needs.

Make an Appointment with the Allergy Doctor

Before camp starts, bring your child to his or her allergy doctor for a checkup and to discuss the camp. Ask the allergy doctor if the camp sounds appropriate for your child’s health and if your child will need to bring any additional medication to the camp outside of his or her usual treatment. Be sure to get restocked on prescriptions well in advance of camp.

Talk to the Counselor

Before you leave your child at camp, have a one-on-one conversation with his or her counselor to ensure that the counselor understands your child’s needs and what to do in case of an emergency. Talk to the counselor about symptoms to be aware of, when to provide emergency treatment such as an EpiPen, and when to call 911.

Let the allergists at Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM help your child get ready for a fun and safe adventure at camp. Visit AllergyandAsthmaWellness.com or call 800-86-COUGH for an appointment with an allergy doctor in Doylestown, Philadelphia, King of Prussia, Bluebell, Lansdale, Jenkintown, Pottstown, or Collegeville.

Get the Answers to Your Questions About New Sublingual Immunotherapy Tablets

The FDA has approved new immunotherapy treatments for patients with seasonal allergies. If you suffer from grass or ragweed allergies, consider talking to your allergy doctor about whether these new treatments might be right for you. They are available in the form of sublingual immunotherapy allergy tablets, which are different from the allergy shots that were already available.

Is sublingual immunotherapy right for me?

Only your allergy doctor can determine if sublingual immunotherapy is appropriate for you. In general, this allergy treatment is prescribed for patients with grass or ragweed allergies that have been confirmed with allergy testing. Sublingual immunotherapy may be right for you if you have allergy symptoms, such as sneezing, nasal congestion, itchy or water eyes, and a runny or itchy nose. Make sure your doctor knows about all of your other medical conditions and medications.

Which allergies can sublingual immunotherapy treat?

There are three sublingual immunotherapy treatments for grass and ragweed that have been approved within the last few years. One of them is only intended to treat adult patients with ragweed allergies. Timothy grass and related grass pollen allergies are treatable with a second type of tablet. The third treatment offers protection from five grasses: Timothy, perennial rye, Kentucky blue grass, orchard, and sweet vernal.

How long do patients take the tablets?

Generally, allergy doctors recommend beginning immunotherapy treatment about two to four months before the start of allergy season. Patients will continue to take the tablets throughout the allergy season, and then discontinue treatment until the following year. Patients who continue to take the tablets for at least three, but preferably four or five years, will be protected for an undetermined length of time thereafter.

How is this treatment administered?

Patients place the tablet under the tongue, wait one to two minutes, and then swallow it. The first dose is usually administered in the allergist’s office because of the risk of a severe allergic reaction.

At Allergy & Asthma Specialistsâ„ , we’re excited to connect our valued patients to the latest medical treatments, including the new sublingual immunotherapy tablets for grass and ragweed allergies. To find out if immunotherapy is right for you, you can call us at 1 (800) 86-COUGH, extension 2 or schedule online. You can request an appointment with a board-certified allergy specialist in Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, or Collegeville, Pennsylvania.

What's the Link Between Asthma and Cockroaches?

Cockroaches are a frequently overlooked asthma trigger. If you see an asthma specialist, he or she may ask you about pest control in your home and your exposure to cockroaches to determine if these pests are exacerbating your symptoms. A recent study published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology has demonstrated the link between asthma and cockroaches once again.

The study, which was conducted in low-income households with asthmatic children in New Orleans, tested the impact of pest control and cockroach reduction on asthma symptoms. The children in the homes that received pest control and successfully eliminated cockroach infestations had better lung function, fewer days with asthma symptoms, and needed fewer healthcare interventions for their asthma.

Managing asthma is complex, but with the right asthma specialist and treatments, you can get relief for your symptoms. Schedule an appointment at Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM to get the care you need. Call 800-86-Cough to make an appointment, or visit our website to learn more about our asthma specialists in Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Collegeville, or Pottstown, Pennsylvania.

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