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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.

The Pregnant Woman's Guide to Asthma

During pregnancy, asthma can pose a significant health risk for both mother and baby, particularly when it is not well controlled. If you’re pregnant or planning to become pregnant, it’s a good idea to speak with an asthma doctor promptly. Effective asthma treatment will manage the risk of pregnancy complications.

Health Complications

Poorly controlled asthma can increase the risk of the following maternal health complications:

  • High blood pressure
  • Preeclampsia
  • Severe morning sickness
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Complicated labor

Asthma during pregnancy can also contribute to serious health problems for the baby, including restricted fetal growth, low birth weight, and premature birth. The baby may be more likely to have a low APGAR score. In some cases, the baby’s life may be threatened.

Asthma Treatment

The potential health complications of asthma during pregnancy are certainly alarming, but the good news is that an asthma doctor can develop an effective treatment plan to manage the risk. Most asthma treatments are not known to cause harm to developing babies. In fact, doctors generally agree that the potential risks of these treatments during pregnancy are far lower than the risks of untreated asthma. The potential risks of asthma medications during pregnancy are lessened during the last two trimesters, as compared to the first trimester. Whenever possible, asthma doctors prefer to prescribe inhaled asthma medicines for pregnant patients, as inhalation does not introduce significant amounts of medication into the bloodstream.

Prenatal Care

Women with asthma may be considered to have a high-risk pregnancy. They may benefit from more frequent prenatal care check-ups. It’s preferable for the patient’s asthma specialist to coordinate her care with her obstetrician. To support a healthy pregnancy, the patient’s prenatal care can include:

  • Routine lung function monitoring
  • Daily fetal movement monitoring after 28 weeks
  • Ultrasound exams after 32 weeks

Additionally, women are strongly encouraged to avoid asthma triggers and get a seasonal flu shot.

Allergy & Asthma Specialists℠ provides sensitive, effective care for patients at every stage of life. New and current patients are invited to call 1 (800) 86-COUGH to request a visit with an asthma or allergy specialist. Our asthma specialists are conveniently located in Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania.

Tyler's Story of Living with Severe Food Allergies

The primary allergy treatment is strict avoidance of the allergen, but what can patients do when they have dozens of allergies? When you watch this featured video, you’ll meet Tyler, a young child who became seriously ill every time his parents fed him. As a baby, he was even allergic to his mother’s breast milk. An allergy doctor diagnosed him with food protein-induced enterocolitis (FPIES).

FPIES specifically affects the gastrointestinal tract. It’s tricky for general practitioners to diagnose, since it isn’t detectable through standard allergy tests. When Tyler’s parents began working with an allergy specialist, they were able to identify a broader range of foods that he could safely eat.

At Allergy & Asthma Specialists℠, we are committed to improving quality of life for patients with food allergies. Call 1 (800) 86-COUGH to find high-quality allergy treatment in Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, or Collegeville, Pennsylvania.

Identifying Common Household Asthma Triggers

For asthma sufferers, triggers can be anywhere. Identifying what triggers your symptoms will help you and your asthma specialist make treatment decisions to keep your condition under control. A surprising number of asthma triggers can lurk inside your home, and by controlling your exposure to them, you can reduce the number and severity of the symptoms you experience. Here are some common triggers that could be in your home right now.

Secondhand Smoke

One of the most dangerous triggers for people with asthma is smoke. Secondhand smoke is extremely aggravating and can not only intensify symptoms like wheezing but can also lead to an asthma attack. Don’t allow anyone to smoke in your home, ever. Anyone who lives in the household who smokes should do so outside or talk to his or her doctor about quitting. Other types of smoke, such as that generated by wood fires, can also trigger asthma symptoms, so avoid wood burning fireplaces.

Scented Products

Anything that contains scent can be problematic for people who have asthma. This can include things like scented candles, hand soaps, laundry detergent, and cleaning products. When you choose room deodorizers and cleaning products, pick unscented varieties. Some people with asthma are able to tolerate certain scented products or only react to specific scents. If you know which products work and which don’t, then you can choose accordingly if you prefer to use products with scents.

Dust

Dust is a major contributor to asthma symptoms. Vacuum rugs and upholstered furniture regularly, or even better, remove carpeting and have hardwood floors instead. Wood furniture and other surfaces should be dusted at least weekly. Dust can also be trapped in your HVAC system and circulated throughout the home. Change air filters regularly to reduce the amount of dust in your indoor air.

Mold

Molds can trigger asthma. Molds are microscopic organisms that thrive in moist, damp places. The most common indoor sites of mold growth are bathroom walls and shower curtains, window moldings, basements and carpets.

Let an asthma specialist at Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM help you get better control of your symptoms by identifying your triggers and learning environmental control measures for alleviating those triggers. Making an appointment is easy. Please visit us online or call 1(800) 86-COUGH to make an appointment with an asthma doctor in Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, or Collegeville, Pennsylvania.

How Allergens Affect Your Body

Everyone is familiar with allergies, but most people don’t really know how allergens cause the reactions that they do. When you see an allergy doctor, he or she provides treatment that stops the way your body reacts to an allergen. Watch this video to learn more.

When you have an allergy, your body sees the allergen as an invader that must be neutralized to protect your health. Among the substances released by the immune system to deal with the allergen is histamine, which can cause runny eyes and nose, atopic dermatitis, and other symptoms. For this reason, antihistamines are a popular allergy treatment.

Don’t let your allergen stop you from enjoying life. Get the treatment you need at Allergy & Asthma Specialists℠. Find an allergy doctor across the area in Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Philadelphia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, or Collegeville, by visiting www.AllergyandAsthmaWellness.com or calling Allergy & Asthma Specialists℠ at 1-800-86COUGH, extension 2.

Retirement of Doctors William Spiegel and Stanley Forman

The physicians and staff of A&AS celebrated the retirement of Doctors William Spiegel and Stanley Forman. It is a bittersweet good-bye to Dr Bill and Dr Forman who will be retiring in June. The practice honored them both with a retirement dinner featuring accolades and reminiscences from the staff. They were gifted with presidential brass clocks inscribed with their names, the A&AS logo and a message of the practice’s deep gratitude and appreciation of their service and care of patients. We will miss them more than words can say.

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