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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.

Is it Allergies or a Cold?

Allergies and colds often have similar symptoms, and it can be challenging to tell them apart. Lifestyle remedies such as drinking plenty of water can help you cope with a cold; however, if you suffer from allergies, you should see an allergy doctor. Use the following tips to distinguish between colds and allergies, and schedule an appointment with an allergy specialist.

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Types of Symptoms

These two conditions often share symptoms, including coughing, sore throat, and fatigue. A runny or stuffy nose is another shared symptom; however, colds typically involve yellow mucus while allergies involve clear mucus. Colds rarely cause itchy, watery eyes, while allergies often do. Allergies never result in muscle aches and pains, while colds may on occasion.

Onset of Symptoms

The symptoms of a cold typically appear a few days after you’re infected. If you notice people at work or school who are developing the same symptoms you have, it’s probably a cold and not allergies. On the other hand, symptoms of allergies appear suddenly after exposure to an allergy trigger. If you have seasonal allergies, you’ll notice the same symptoms around the same time every year.

Duration of Symptoms

The symptoms of a cold can last as few as three days or as many as 14 days. If you have an allergy, you’ll continue experiencing symptoms for as long as you’re exposed to the allergen, or until you seek treatment from an allergy doctor.

Treatment of Symptoms

If you have a cold, you’ll have to wait for it to run its course. Lifestyle remedies such as eating a healthy diet and drinking plenty of fluids can support your immune system to a certain extent. If you have allergies, your doctor might recommend antihistamines, decongestants, or immunotherapy.

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 www.AllergyandAsthmaWellness.com or by calling 1-800-86COUGH.

Why You Shouldn't Let an Asthma Attack Go Untreated

Asthma is characterized by chronic inflammation and irritation of the airways. When an asthma attack occurs, the airways are further restricted, which makes it difficult to breathe. You can reduce the likelihood of asthma attacks by avoiding your triggers, which might include pollen, pet dander, and mold. Work with an allergy doctor to determine your triggers and develop a treatment plan. Your allergy doctor can also explain the potential consequences if you do not seek prompt medical care for an asthma attack.

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Understanding the Consequences

Your allergy doctor will likely warn you that the consequences of not treating an asthma attack can include labored breathing and wheezing. Your lungs will continue to tighten, leading to a condition called “silent chest,” in which you do not have sufficient air to wheeze. Your condition will continue to deteriorate until you cannot speak and develop cyanosis, or a bluish tint to your lips. At this point, you must go to the emergency room.

Recognizing the Symptoms

Work with your allergy doctor to learn all of the possible signs of an asthma attack so you can treat it promptly. In addition to difficulty breathing, you may experience coughing, wheezing, chest pain, or rapid breathing. You might have difficulty speaking, a sweaty face, or severe anxiety.

Preparing for Asthma Attacks

Your allergy doctor can develop a treatment plan for you to follow in the event of an asthma attack. Make sure you have all of your necessary medications with you at all times. Instruct your family members and close friends on what to do if they notice you’re in distress. Don’t delay going to the emergency room if your symptoms continue to worsen or if your medications are not effective.

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 www.AllergyandAsthmaWellness.com or by calling 1-800-86COUGH.

Allergies 101

If you’re diagnosed with an allergy, it means that your body has an overactive immune response to a certain substance. Your immune system produces antibodies that incorrectly inform your body that a particular substance is harmful. When you’re exposed to that substance, you experience a reaction. The substances to which you are allergic are called allergens, or allergy triggers. Some of the most common triggers include pollen, mold, pet dander, insect stings, medications, and some foods.

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When exposed to an allergy trigger, you’ll experience symptoms such as a runny nose, itchy eyes, and congestion. The exact symptoms you experience depend on your specific allergy. Food allergies, for example, can cause swelling of the facial area. Some allergic reactions are life-threatening, which is why it’s important to understand and manage your allergies.

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 www.AllergyandAsthmaWellness.com or by calling 1-800-86COUGH.

A Look at the Medical Services Provided by Asthma & Allergy SpecialistsSM

If you suffer from asthma or allergies, it’s important to work with an allergy doctor or immunologist who understands your unique needs and can develop a customized treatment plan. The personalized treatment programs offered by the allergy doctors of Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM emphasize prevention measures and closely monitored medication. We understand that each patient has different needs, and our allergy doctors will work closely with you to tailor a treatment plan that is just right for you. Here’s a look at some of our services:

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Diagnostic Testing

  • Numerous diagnostic services are available at our state-of-the-art practice. Your allergy doctor might recommend allergy skin testing to determine your food and particle triggers. The allergy doctor uses a multitest applicator to apply allergen extracts on your arms or back. The results are available within 20 minutes. We can also test for allergies to aspirin, latex, antibiotics, and other drugs. The pulmonary function test is another common diagnostic measure that evaluates your lung capacity. This test can benefit those who experience wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and related symptoms.

Immunotherapy

  • Allergy doctors often recommend immunotherapy to allergy and asthma sufferers. This is a highly effective means of “training” your immune system to tolerate your triggers. The allergy doctor administers precisely calculated amounts of allergen extracts by injection or orally. With either method, you can expect your symptoms to start diminishing within three to six months.

Aspirin Desensitization

  • If you have sensitivities or allergies to aspirin, you understand how frustrating it can be to treat common ailments like headaches. If you experience wheezing, shortness of breath, or even sinus infections and nasal congestion due to aspirin exposure, talk to your allergy doctor about aspirin desensitization.

Board certified allergists/immunologists comprise the entire physician staff of Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM.  These premier allergy doctors provide comprehensive allergy testing 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 or by calling 1-800-86COUGH.

ABC Spot for New Treatment For Peanut Allergies Featuring Our Physician Dr. Matt Fogg

Health Check

In this video by 6ABC, our physician Dr. Matt Fogg and others discuss a new treatment for alleviating peanut allergies.

Board certified allergists/immunologists comprise the entire physician staff of Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM.  These premier allergy doctors provide comprehensive allergy testing 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 or by calling 1-800-86COUGH.

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