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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.

Differences Between Food Allergies and Food Intolerance

Oftentimes, any negative reaction to food is assumed to be a food allergy. However, the symptoms of food allergies and food intolerances can actually be very similar, with intolerance more likely to be the cause of any problems. Yet, it is important to understand and recognize the difference between the two. While food intolerance can leave you feeling ill, a food allergy can be life threatening. Read on for a better understanding of how an allergy differs from intolerance.

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Food Intolerance

Food intolerance takes place in the digestive system and occurs when the body is unable to process food. Food intolerances generally come on gradually and may only occur when consuming a large amount of a certain type of food. Food intolerance symptoms can include gas, cramping, bloating, heartburn, or headaches. While uncomfortable, food intolerances are not life-threatening.

Food Allergy

Unlike intolerances, a food allergy will typically come on suddenly and can be trigged by just a small amount of food. In the case of an allergy, the reaction will happen consistently, every time the allergen is consumed. Food allergy symptoms can include the development of a rash or hives, shortness of breath, chest pains, trouble breathing or swallowing, or a sudden drop in blood pressure. Depending on the severity of your reaction, a food allergy can be life threatening.

Treatment

If you have a negative reaction after eating a particular food, see your doctor to discuss whether you have a food intolerance or a food allergy. If you have an allergy, your doctor will help you recognize a severe allergic reaction when it occurs and arm you with the knowledge you need to protect yourself. Alternately, if you have a food intolerance your doctor may be able to treat the underlying condition causing your reaction. In both cases, your doctor will likely recommend avoiding future interaction with the food in question.

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 http://www.allergyandasthmawellness.com/ or by calling 1-800-86COUGH.

Tips for Managing Your Child's Allergy Symptoms

Managing allergy symptoms can be a challenge – particularly if the patient is a child. Nasal allergy symptoms can include a runny or stuffy nose, sinus pressure, sneezing, and itchy eyes. Because these symptoms can be caused by a variety of environmental allergens, small changes in your home environment can help to minimize the severity of symptoms. Help your child manage his or her allergy symptoms with these tips.

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Learn Allergy Triggers

In most cases, one of the most effective steps toward managing allergies is to avoid exposure to allergens. With that in mind, spend some time tracking your child’s allergy triggers. Common allergens include dust, pollen, mold, tobacco smoke, and pet dander. Schedule an appointment with an allergy doctor to further hone in on the source of irritation.

Eliminate Dust Mites

Dust mite droppings are one of the most common triggers of year-round allergies. Keep the dust mites in your house at bay by having your air ducts professionally cleaned and dusting regularly. Pay special attention to your child’s room to help him or her breathe a bit easier by stripping the room of dust mite-friendly items. For example, eliminate rugs, carpets, and heavy drapes, opting instead for vinyl or hardwood floors. Make your home further inhospitable to dust mites by keeping your house dry and at a temperature of less than 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Manage Pollens

If your child is allergic to pollen, using a HEPA room air cleaner during high pollen periods can help to manage allergen exposure. Also, if you have a dog or cat that moves frequently between the indoors and outdoors, they may be collecting pollen in their fur. With that in mind, keep your pet away from your child during allergy season.

Seek Professional Help

In addition to optimizing your child’s home environment, you will also want to talk to his or her allergy doctor about tools for symptom management. For example, your child may benefit from over-the-counter antihistamines, saline nasal rinses, or other prescription solutions.

For assistance in managing your child’s asthma symptoms, contact Allergy & Asthma Specialists. Our experienced and professional staff offers immunotherapy, allergy testing, asthma screening, and more. Call 1-800-86COUGH to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient office locations.

What is Anaphylaxis?

While an allergic reaction can take many forms, one of the most dangerous can be anaphylaxis. As the most severe form of allergic reaction, anaphylaxis is a potentially life-threatening condition that should be treated as a medical emergency. Typically occurring within twenty minutes to two hours of exposure to a triggering allergen, anaphylaxis impacts multiple body systems. Symptoms can include abdominal pain, anxiety, chest tightness, dizziness, difficulty breathing, vomiting, slurred speech, skin redness, heart palpitations, and more. Left untreated, patients can suffer from airway blockages, cardiac arrest, respiratory arrest, and shock. If you or a loved one is suffering from anaphylaxis, seek immediate and urgent medical care.

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For the best in allergy and asthma diagnostics and treatment, contact Allergy & Asthma Specialists. Since 1989, our state-of-the-art practice has been serving patients in the Philadelphia area. Our allergists and immunologists offer a combined 145 years of experience. Call 1-800-86COUGH or visit our website today to learn more.

A Guide to Living With Asthma

Asthma, a chronic disease in the airways of the lungs, can be a challenging diagnosis for both children and adults. While the disease can impact people of all ages, it is most commonly diagnosed in childhood. Fortunately, proactive treatment options are available to help patients ward off troubling symptoms and avoid asthma attacks. With appropriate care, including the use of medication, avoiding asthma triggers, and responding to symptoms as needed, most individuals suffering from asthma can lead completely normal lives, playing, exercising, and behaving normally. To learn more about living with asthma, watch this short video.

To help your child manage his or her asthma symptoms, contact Allergy & Asthma Specialists at 1-800-86COUGH. With offices located in Center City Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania, our experienced and professional team offers comprehensive asthma diagnostics and state-of-the-art treatment. Call us today to schedule an appointment!

Qualities to Look for In an Allergy Doctor

Whether you have bothersome seasonal allergies or life-threatening reactions to certain substances, it’s important to choose the right allergy doctor. The right allergy doctor will evaluate you and your symptoms thoroughly and develop an individualized treatment plan that suits your unique needs. Here’s a look at some of the considerations that should factor into your selection:

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Licensure and Certification

Your allergy doctor should hold the necessary licenses and be board-certified in the allergy and immunology fields. Ask the doctor if he or she has been certified by the American Board of Allergy & Clinical Immunology, and whether he or she holds any other certifications. For example, some allergists are also board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Range of Services

Choose an allergy doctor who offers a comprehensive range of diagnostic exams and treatment options in a state-of-the-art facility. Allergists should offer skin testing, lung function testing, and individualized treatment plans that may include immunotherapy and aspirin desensitization.

Knowledgeable Staff

Each staff member at the allergist’s practice should welcome your questions and thoroughly answer them to your satisfaction. You should also consider choosing a practice that streamlines the process of making appointments and renewing prescriptions by offering online requests.

Service Record

Ask the allergist about his or her service record and professional experience. You might also consider visiting the practice’s website to read patient testimonials.

Location

Location is another key factor when choosing an allergy doctor. Consider choosing a practice with multiple locations for your convenience.

Compassionate Care

Talk to the allergy doctor about his or her approach to patient care. You should get the sense that the doctor truly cares about each patient’s wellbeing and is dedicated to upholding a high standard of care.

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 an appointment online or by calling 1-800-86COUGH.

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