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.

How to Use Your Inhaler

Have you been diagnosed with asthma? If so, then you may have questions about the right way to operate an inhaler. Watch this video for some helpful tips on using your inhaler as part of your asthma treatment.

Start by removing the cap and shaking the inhaler for about 5 seconds. Next, exhale completely, look straight ahead, and hold the inhaler as directed by your asthma doctor. Then, put the mouthpiece between your teeth and close your lips around it, or hold it 1 to 2 inches from your mouth. Now, breathe in slowly as you press down once. Finally, remove the inhaler and hold your breath for about 10 seconds before exhaling.

To schedule your appointment with an allergist or asthma doctor serving Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, or Collegeville, please visit 86cough.com or call Allergy & Asthma Specialists℠ at 1-800-86COUGH, extension 2.

Your Guide to Allergy Immunotherapy

Used as an allergy treatment for allergens such as dust mites, tree, grass or weed pollen, mold, animal dander and bee stings, immunotherapy is a popular method of addressing allergies and preventing allergy symptoms. If you’re wondering if immunotherapy could be right for you, then continue reading to learn more about this option.

Immunotherapy Overview

Immunotherapy is a type of preventive allergy treatment involving exposure to the substance that the person is allergic to. The patient receives doses of the allergen in incrementally increasing amounts to encourage the immune system to become more tolerant of it. Also, immunotherapy can reduce the characteristic inflammation seen in asthma and rhinitis. Before beginning this type of allergy treatment, your allergist will perform skin tests to confirm what allergens your body has antibodies for. Allergy doctors often recommend immunotherapy for people who have individual sensitivities to several allergens.

Immunotherapy Types

Your allergist may recommend one of several types of immunotherapy for your treatment. Allergy shots, or subcutaneous immunotherapy (SCIT), are commonly used options for this method of allergy treatment. SCIT is the only available therapy that can alter a person’s immune system and stop the development of asthma and new allergies. A second option is using allergy drops or sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT). These drops are a widely-accepted form of immunotherapy. Finally, a third option is allergy tablets, which is another form of SLIT. These tablets are a method of treating certain allergies without the use of injections. These tablets work in the same way as SCIT to help the patient’s body build up a resistance to the effects of an allergen and thereby reduce their allergy symptoms.

At Allergy & Asthma Specialists℠, premier allergy doctors offer diagnostic services and comprehensive allergy care that includes 3 types of immunotherapy near Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville. Please visit 86cough.com or call 1-800-86COUGH, extension 2 to schedule an appointment.

What Causes Hives?

Patients sometimes wonder what hives are and why they occur. Also known as urticaria, hives affect about 1/5 of all individuals at some point in their lifetime. Hives typically manifest as a patch of itchy skin which later develops itchy, swollen, red welts.

Hives can be caused by a wide range of situations and substances. Some common triggers for hives include pollen, pet dander, latex, some foods, insect bites and stings, and plants like poison ivy and poison oak. Some other possible causes include blood transfusions, medications, infections, and physical stimuli like heat, cold, sun exposure, pressure, and exercise. To prevent hives, avoid your triggers and visit an allergist for treatment.

If you’re suffering from hives or other allergy symptoms, then come and see us at Allergy & Asthma Specialists℠. The allergy doctors at our premier practice offer comprehensive allergy diagnostics and treatment. To learn more or to schedule your appointment with an allergy specialist serving Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, or Collegeville, please call 1-800-86COUGH, extension 2 or visit 86cough.com.

A Patient's Introduction to Asthma

Asthma is a chronic and long-term condition that affects the airways of the lungs and can be managed but not cured. If you were recently diagnosed with this condition by an asthma doctor, then watch this video to learn more.

Asthma causes the person’s airways to swell and become more narrow, resulting in breathing difficulties and wheezing. When a person has asthma, his or her airways are easily irritated by asthmatic triggers. Some examples of common asthmatic triggers include pollen, dust mites, cigarette smoke, chest infections, and animal dander.

Do think that you may need asthma treatment in Jenkintown, Philadelphia, King of Prussia, Doylestown, Bluebell, Lansdale, Pottstown, or Collegeville? If so, then please contact Allergy & Asthma Specialists℠ by calling 1(800)86-COUGH, extension 2 to schedule an appointment with one of our asthma doctors.

Common Causes of Urticaria

Many patients who visit an allergy doctor want to know why they get hives. Urticaria, commonly known as hives, are itchy areas of the skin that appear swollen and red. Urticaria can develop anywhere on the body and range in size. Also, hives can migrate, appearing on different parts of the body as the reaction progresses.

Urticaria can result from several different causes. Some of the most common reasons why people get hives include allergic reactions to medication, food, insect stings, and latex. Hives can also develop in response to a viral infection or itching. A change in environment can also trigger hives—such as sun exposure to the skin, or even recovering from a change in environment, such as warming up skin after being outside in the cold. If you suffer from urticaria, then your allergy doctor will advise you to avoid your triggers and may prescribe antihistamines or steroids.

At Allergy & Asthma Specialists℠, our team of board-certified allergy doctors and immunologists are specifically trained in the evaluation and treatment of hives and see patients in Philadelphia, King of Prussia, Doylestown, Bluebell, Lansdale, Jenkintown, Pottstown, and Collegeville. To learn more about our services or to make an appointment, please dial 1(800)86-COUGH, extension 2.

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