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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.

Dr. Mark Posner Spotlight:

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MARK POSNER, M.D.
 
Dr. Posner sees children and adults in the King of Prussia, Pottstown, Jenkintown and Collegeville locations.
 
Mark Posner, MD is a Senior Physician and Director with Allergy & Asthma Specialists, P.C., a group practice with eight locations in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs.  He has practiced as a Board Certified Allergist/Immunologist since 1991.
 
He is the current President of the Pennsylvania  Allergy and Asthma Association.
 
Dr. Posner received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Pennsylvania and his Medical Degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.  His medical training continued at The Babies Hospital of Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York where he was a Resident in Pediatrics. He fulfilled a three-year Fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at Schneider’s Children Hospital in New York.  Dr. Posner is a Fellow of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, a member of the Pennsylvania Allergy and Asthma Association and the Philadelphia Allergy Society.
 
Dr. Posner is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Allergy & Immunology.  He has been involved in over 100 clinical research studies for numerous international pharmaceutical companies conducting many double blinded, placebo controlled trials.  
 
He has co-authored over a dozen articles that have appeared in Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, and Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.  He has presented several papers and has conducted numerous professional and community-based lectures.
 
Hospital staff privileges include:
 
Abington Memorial Hospital 
Mercy Suburban Hospital
Montgomery Hospital
Paoli Hospital
Phoenixville Hospital
Pottstown Memorial Medical Center

We are Your Most Trusted Source for Allergy & Asthma Relief!

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Allergy & Asthma Specialists is the area’s most trusted source for allergy extract.  All allergy extracts are produced on-site under the supervision of our board certified allergists. Personalized extract prescriptions are developed for each patient by a board certified allergist to ensure the utmost efficacy and safety.  
 
The area’s most trusted source for
ALLERGY EXTRACT providing safe,
effective extract in two forms:
allergy injections at the office or
allergy drops taken at home.
 
See the Board Certified Allergists of Allergy & Asthma Specialists for safe and effective allergy extract available in two forms, injections and drops.

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.

Warning - No Peanuts Allowed

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.

Epinephrine Injection using Auto-Injector Syringe

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.

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