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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.

Wintertime Allergies

Wintertime Allergies

As the temperature drops, most allergy sufferers expect to feel better.  But for some, allergy symptoms continue to afflict them or even worse.

In response to colder weather, we seal up our homes and turn on the heat. This leads to the accumulation of indoor allergens and irritants, including dust mites, animal dander, mold, cigarette smoke, and gas stove combustion byproducts.  The problem can be worsened by excessive use of humidifiers, kerosene heaters, or wood burning stoves.

If you feel like you have a cold all winter long and experience congestion, headaches, difficulty breathing, frequent respiratory infections or fatigue for weeks, consider an evaluation by your allergist for indoor allergies.  

Knowing When It's Time to See Your Allergist

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Many people visit their primary care physicians when they experience troubling symptoms. However, certain conditions, such as allergies and asthma, warrant a trip to a highly qualified allergy doctor. A specialist in allergies and immunology can provide you with an accurate diagnosis and a treatment plan to effectively manage your symptoms. Continue reading to find out when you should visit an allergist.

When You Experience Persistent Symptoms
Seasonal allergy symptoms often mimic the symptoms of a cold. You might sneeze or cough often, for example, or you might notice that your eyes are itchy and red. A runny or stuffy nose is also common with both colds and seasonal allergies. However, if your symptoms persist longer than the duration of a typical cold and seem to appear around the same time every year, it’s time to see an allergist.

When You Suffer New Symptoms
You should see an allergist promptly if you experience a new allergic reaction to a medication, insect sting, or food product. Allergy doctors also treat asthma patients. If you begin to experience any of the possible symptoms of asthma, such as chest tightness, shortness of breath, frequent coughing, or wheezing, schedule an appointment right away.

When You Need Better Control of Your Symptoms
If you’ve been living with allergies for a while, you may already use over-the-counter medications. However, if your symptoms cannot be easily controlled and interfere with your daily routine, it’s time to talk to an allergist about prescription medications and a better treatment plan. Additionally, it’s a good idea to see an allergy doctor if you frequently experience asthma attacks despite taking an asthma medication.

The highly trained allergy doctors of Allergy & Asthma Specialists have been providing patients with the highest standards of care since 1989. Our community-oriented practice offers accurate allergy and asthma diagnoses and individually-tailored treatment plans. If you’re looking for an allergy doctor in the King of Prussia area, please call us at 1-800-86COUGH today.

Everything You Need to Know About Contact Dermatitis

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Contact dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin that can stem from an allergic reaction. Although contact dermatitis is usually not a medically serious condition, it can cause significant discomfort. Listed below are some important facts about contact dermatitis. If you’ve noticed any unusual skin symptoms, schedule an appointment with an allergy doctor promptly.

Types of Contact Dermatitis
Your allergy doctor may diagnose you with one of two types of contact dermatitis. The first is irritant contact dermatitis, which occurs when your skin is exposed to an irritating substance. Although your skin is sensitive to the particular substance, this type of contact dermatitis isn’t an allergy. On the other hand, allergic contact dermatitis is characterized by an immune system response in the skin that occurs after contact with an allergen.

Symptoms of Contact Dermatitis
The symptoms of both types of contact dermatitis are essentially the same. You might notice mild to severe redness, swelling, itching, and peeling skin. You might also notice that the affected area of skin is warm to the touch and that it is covered by blisters, which may discharge fluid.

Causes of Contact Dermatitis
There are a wide range of irritants and allergens that may trigger your symptoms. Your allergy doctor will help you determine what your triggers are. They may include perfumes, deodorant, fragrances, dyes, soaps, and cosmetics. Medications, latex, poison ivy, and nickel have also been known to cause contact dermatitis symptoms.

Treatments for Contact Dermatitis
Your allergy doctor may recommend taking an antihistamine and using a cortisone cream to alleviate your symptoms. He or she may also discuss some home care tips, such as soaking a washcloth in cool water mixed with baking soda and placing it over your rash.

If you suffer from contact dermatitis, the board-certified allergists at Allergy & Asthma Specialists can help. We pride ourselves on improving the quality of life for every patient at our state-of-the-art facilities. Residents of the King of Prussia area are encouraged to call 1-800-86COUGH to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations. 

Walk-In Sessions for Allergy Injections!

Patients may walk-in anytime between 1:45 pm and 6:45 pm on Mondays in our Blue Bell office for their allergy injections. No appointment necessary. 

Tips to Help You Navigate the Allergy Injection Walk-In Session

ALWAYS bring your extract scan card.

1. This assures your safety. Your personalized bar coded scan card only allows your bar coded extract to be administered.

2. Scanning your card puts you in the queue for your allergy shot and lets the injection nurse know you are waiting. Your injection may be delayed without your card.

3. ALWAYS check in at the front desk at every visit to pay your co-pay, confirm your insurance coverage, and/or verify referral status. Not doing this could delay your next injection visit.

4. Provide an e-mail and cell phone number at the front desk so we can notify you of any Walk-In Session cancelations.

 

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Prepare Yourself for Fall and Winter Allergies - [INFOGRAPHIC]

Though many people associate allergies with the coming of the spring season, fall and winter allergies also affect many people across the country. Approximately 40 million people in the U.S. suffer from indoor and outdoor allergies, which can be caused by allergens ranging from pet dander and mold spores to ragweed and pollen. The cold, dry air of fall and winter irritate many allergy sufferers, but there are steps you can take to lessen the effects of seasonal allergens. Consulting an allergy doctor in King of Prussia may help you immensely, as an allergist can test you to find out exactly what you are allergic to. Your asthma and allergy doctor will create a personalized treatment plan so your allergy symptoms improve. Check out this infographic from Allergy & Asthma Specialists in King of Prussia to see how you can get ready for fall and winter allergies. Please share with your friends and family! 

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