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 GERD Affects Your Vocal Cords

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a common digestive disorder that can cause heartburn, lead to persistent dry cough, and trigger symptoms of asthma. It happens when the lower muscles in your esophagus don’t fully close as usual, allowing your stomach’s contents to move back into the esophagus. When this happens, the stomach acids can cause your vocal cords to become severely irritated. GERD can also trigger vocal cord dysfunction, a condition characterized by symptoms similar to those of asthma, including coughing, hoarseness, and difficulty inhaling. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms alongside your GERD symptoms, an allergist can diagnose the problem for you.

If you think that GERD may be affecting your allergy treatment, talk to the board-certified allergists at Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM . We offer exceptional care for allergies and asthma at our locations in Lansdale, Blue Bell, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Pottstown, Collegeville, Philadelphia, and King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. For an appointment, call 1(800)86-COUGH, option 2.

Answering FAQs about Drug Allergies

The potential for an allergic reaction exists with any drug, whether it is a medication that has been prescribed to you or an over-the-counter medicine. If you have had an unexpected reaction to a drug, you should see an allergist to be tested for a drug allergy. Here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about drug allergies.

What are the symptoms of a drug allergy?

The symptoms will differ depending on the drug and the circumstances of the allergic reaction. Some of the most common symptoms experienced with a drug allergy include coughing and wheezing, breaking out in hives, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, swelling in the face, and sudden high blood pressure.

What should I do if I have an adverse drug reaction?

If you are reacting negatively to a drug you are taking, stop taking it right away. Then, contact your physician. To determine whether you have an allergy to that drug, you’ll need to be tested by an allergy doctor. If the test shows that you do have a drug allergy, your physician will help you find an alternate option for treatment.

What is anaphylaxis?

It’s important to be able to distinguish a mild to moderate drug allergy from anaphylaxis, which is a severe allergic reaction that needs to be treated as a medical emergency. Warning signs of anaphylaxis include dizziness, irregular heartbeat, trouble breathing, and loss of consciousness. If you or anyone you know is experiencing symptoms of anaphylaxis, call 911 right away.

Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM has been providing advanced care for people who are living with allergies and asthma since 1989. Our goal is to improve quality of life for every patient we see. If you’d like to make an appointment with an allergist at one of our eight locations in Lansdale, King of Prussia, Collegeville, Doylestown, Jenkintown, Pottstown, Philadelphia, and Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, call 1(800)86-COUGH and select option 2.

Is Gluten Intolerance a Food Allergy?

If you have been diagnosed with gluten intolerance, or celiac disease, you may be wondering whether it qualifies as a food allergy. While gluten intolerance is often spoken of as if it were synonymous with an allergy to wheat, it is fundamentally different. If you have a wheat allergy, it means that your body has an allergic reaction to foods that contain wheat. Gluten intolerance is an autoimmune disorder characterized by an inability to digest foods that contain gluten, the protein found in most grains. If you eat foods with gluten, it can damage your small intestine and lead to a number of serious health complications.

If you have been diagnosed with food allergies or believe you could be experiencing an allergic reaction, then make an appointment with a doctor at Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM. Our team of allergists is available in Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania. To learn more, visit our website or call 1(800)86-COUGH, option 2 or schedule online at www.AllergyandAsthmaWellness.com.

The Delayed Symptoms of Red Meat Allergies

Many people associate food allergies with bad reactions to foods such as nuts, shellfish, and wheat. They aren’t likely to think of red meat. In fact, red meat allergies do occur—but the warning signs may not show themselves immediately. An allergic reaction to red meat can happen hours after you consume it, and you may not even associate your symptoms with the food. Watch this informative video to learn more about red meat allergies and how to recognize the symptoms.

Don’t let food allergies put your life at risk—talk to one of the knowledgeable allergists at Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM . To make an appointment with a specialist in Philadelphia, Pottstown, Lansdale, Blue Bell, Jenkintown, King of Prussia, or one of our other area locations, please call 1(800)86-COUGH, option 2.

Can People with Egg Allergies Still Receive Vaccines?

Vaccines are generally considered to be extremely beneficial, considering the role they play in protecting us against dangerous diseases. For people who have egg allergies, however, the issue may not seem as clear-cut. Some vaccines, such as the flu vaccine, may contain a small amount of egg protein. Are they safe for people who have an egg allergy? Your allergy doctor will be able to give you advice that is specific to your case, but this general information may also help.

How do I know if I have an egg allergy?

If a person shows a pattern of allergic reactions to foods that contain eggs, he or she should see an allergist for a professional diagnosis. Egg allergies can range from mild to severe, but all of them are diagnosed in the same way—by undergoing blood or skin testing to look for the presence of antibodies after exposure to eggs.

Do people with egg allergies need to worry about vaccines that contain egg?

The amount of egg protein used in vaccines is usually very small, and the risk is often outweighed by the positive effects of getting the vaccine. However, you should ask your allergy doctor if you need to be concerned about receiving any specific vaccines if you have been diagnosed with an egg allergy.

Which vaccines are most likely to contain egg?

The measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), yellow fever, and flu vaccines are the most common vaccines that may contain egg protein. The MMR vaccine is considered to be safe for most patients. In some cases, people who experience hives when exposed to eggs may need to get a special type of flu shot. The yellow fever vaccine is the most likely of these vaccines to cause a reaction. Usually, doctors recommend avoiding the vaccine or only getting it under medical supervision.

At Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM, we offer extensive treatment options for people with food allergies and can help you safely and effectively manage your risk factors and symptoms. Take control of your allergies today by making an appointment with an allergy specialist in Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, or Collegeville, Pennsylvania. To get started, call 1(800)86-COUGH, option 2 or schedule online at www.AllergyandAsthmaWellness.com.

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