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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 a Cold or Allergies?

This is the time of year you start to hear lots of sneezing and sniffles.  Allergy symptoms and cold symptoms are often very similar. However, it is important to determine the difference so you can properly treat the cold or allergy.

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Allergy Symptoms:

  • Runny, stuffy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Watery, itchy eyes
  • Itchy nose and throat
  • Dry cough
  • Symptoms come on quickly when exposed to allergen
  • Symptoms could last for several weeks and do not away until allergen is gone

Allergy symptoms occur when the body reacts to an unwanted substance that is usually inhaled or ingested. If you are allergic to this substance, known as an allergen, your body produces histamine and other inflammation causing chemicals that cause a runny nose, congestion, sneezing and itchy eyes and nose. 

Allergy treatment begins with identifying and avoiding the offending allergen. This may require a trip to see an allergist and skin testing.Medications such as antihistamines and decongestants help to decrease the symptoms.  Immunotherapy (also known as allergy injections or allergy drops) will alleviate the symptoms when avoidance or medications are not providing adequate relief. 

Woman with flu virus

Cold Symptoms:

  • Runny, stuffy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Watery, itchy eyes
  • Fever
  • Body Aches
  • Sore throat
  • Wet, productive cough
  • Symptoms come on gradually and subside in 7 to 10 days

A cold is caused by transmission of a virus, the rhinovirus, from an infected person or object. This virus causes upper respiratory inflammation. 

Treatments for cold symptoms include acetaminophen or ibuprofen to alleviate the fever, sore throat and body aches.  Decongestants will relieve nasal congestion.  Drink plenty of fluids, get plenty of rest and gargle with warm salt water.

If you think your “cold” symptoms are really allergies, see the allergists at Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM.

Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM provides treatment for patients of all ages with allergies, asthma, rashes, congestion and recurrent infections. If you live in the greater King of Prussia or Philadelphia region and suffer from allergies or asthma, our board certified allergy doctors and immunologists can help. Call us at (800) 86-COUGH to schedule an appointment at one of our eight convenient locations. 

Cat Allergy Relief Tips

Of all the different types of environmental allergens, cat dander is among the smallest, meaning that the allergen remains airborne for at least 30 minutes after being disturbed and can constantly trigger symptoms. 

This video provides several tips on managing cat-dander allergies. Some great ways to reduce allergic reactions caused by cat dander is to ensure that your cat is not allowed to walk or sleep inside of your bedroom. You may also consider preventing dander from accumulating by investing in hard-surfaced floors and leather furniture rather than fabric. Watch this clip for more tips.

Don’t let your allergies get in between you and your pets. Contact the allergy doctors with Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM online or call (610) 825-5800 for more information on our allergy testing and asthma screening services

Don't suffer with SINUSITIS one more day

Sinusitis is defined as inflammation of one or more of the sinus cavities.

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Types of Sinusitis

  • Acute bacterial sinusitis in adults most often presents with > 7 days of symptoms of purulent drainage, nasal congestion, postnasal drip, facial or dental pain/pressure, and cough, especially at night. Often preceded by a cold. Children with acute sinusitis often have cough, runny nose, and nasal congestion.
  • Acute bacterial sinusitis is defined to be less than 4 weeks duration. 
  • Chronic sinusitis, with inflammation lasting longer than 12 weeks, is associated with allergic rhinitis in 36% - 60% of children and 40% - 80% of adults.  An allergy evaluation should be done so that environmental control measures or other interventions, appropriate for allergic and non-allergic diseases can be started.

Conditions associated with, or predisposing to sinusitis:

  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Viral “colds”
  • Asthma
  • Anatomic obstructions – nasal polyps, septal deviations, enlarged                                       adenoids, foreign body, cleft palate, dental infection
  • Aspirin Allergy or Sensitivity

Treatment:

  1. Antibiotics for acute and chronic sinusitis. The goal is to improve drainage of the nasal passages, eliminate the source of the inflammation and relieve the pain.
  2. Oral decongestants and topical nasal decongestant sprays  may reduce congestion.
  3. Saline sprays or irrigations can help liquefy secretions.
  4. High dose guaifenesin is used to thin the mucous and promote drainage.
  5. Nasal steroids and nasal antihistamines reduce the congestion, swelling and inflammation of sinusitis.
  6. Oral steroids may be prescribed for a few days to relieve pressure, reduce inflammation and decrease pain. 

Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM provides treatment for patients of all ages with allergies, asthma, rashes, congestion and recurrent infections. If you suffer from allergies or asthma, our board certified allergy doctors and immunologists near King of Prussia and Philadelphia can help. Call us at (800) 86-COUGH to schedule an appointment at one of our eight convenient locations.

Why does SINUS CONGESTION give me a headache?

Sinus congestion causes headaches and can make you feel grumpy and tired. Sinuses are hollow air spaces.  There are four pairs of cavities or spaces known as paranasal sinuses.  These cavities located within the skull or bones of the head surrounding the nose, include the frontal sinuses over the eyes in the brow area; the maxillary sinuses inside each cheek bone; the ethmoids just behind the bridge of the nose and between the eyes; and behind them, the sphenoids in the upper region of the nose and behind the eyes.  Each sinus has an opening into the nose for the free exchange of air and mucous, and each is joined with the nasal passages by a continuous lining.  Sinusitis is defined as inflammation of one or more of the cavities.

Anatomy of Sinuses

Symptoms of Sinusitis may be one or more of the following:

  • Headache
  • Pain and pressure in the face
  • Prolonged discolored mucous from the nose or down the back of the throat
  • Stuffy nose
  • Productive cough
  • Fever
  • Tooth pain
  • Reduced sense of taste or smell
  • Cough
  • Asthma flare

Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM provides treatment for patients of all ages with allergies, asthma, rashes, congestion and recurrent infections. If you live in the greater King of Prussia or Philadelphia region and suffer from allergies or asthma, our board certified allergy doctors and immunologists can help. Call us at (800) 86-COUGH to schedule an appointment at one of our eight convenient locations. 

Does Your Baby Have a Rash?: The Eczema and Asthma Connection

“Research indicates that the early treatment of eczema may decrease the risk for developing asthma.”

Baby with Eczema

Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis (AD), is one of the most common skin disorders seen in infants and children.  It usually begins during the first six months of life. Approximately half of patients with AD will go on to develop asthma. The more severe the AD, the greater the likelihood of developing asthma.  Also, two thirds of patients with AD will develop allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever.  In one study looking at 1,314 children over a span of seven years, researchers found that 50% of the children with AD and a family history of asthma developed asthma.

Most children display the natural progression of allergic symptoms call the “atopic march”.  Eczema is considered the beginning phase of the development of other allergic diseases. Most patients’ eczema resolves at puberty or shortly thereafter only to develop allergic rhinitis and asthma.

Children with eczema are at high risk for developing asthma.  Fortunately, research indicates that the early treatment of eczema may decrease the risk for developing asthma. Skin testing the child to determine allergic triggers is the first step to developing an effective therapeutic plan.  The plan may include dietary management for food allergies including the gradual introduction of solid foods to infants. Topical creams may be prescribed. Indoor allergens are considered to have the strongest effect on the development of asthma in high-risk individuals. Reducing indoor allergen exposure will be of great benefit.

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