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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.

Spring is Almost Here!

This is a special reminder from Allergy & Asthma Specialists that spring is just around the corner. We  suggest that you schedule to see your allergist now so you are prepared for the upcoming season.  Don’t wait until the busy allergy season. Call 1(800)86-COUGH today. 

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Allergy & Asthma Treatment Myths

Myth #1: “Needles are used to skin test for allergies.”

  • WRONG. The staff of Allergy & Asthma Specialists uses sterile plastic applicators to apply dozens of skin tests in a minute or two. No needles are used for most skin testing and there is no blood at the contact site. There is a twenty minute waiting period for the reaction to occur. The reaction consists of a hive that is measured to determine if the patient has specific allergies.

Myth #2:  “You cannot test infants and small children.”

  • WRONG. Infants can be effectively skin tested as young as two to three months old.

Myth #3: “ I need to be experiencing full-blown allergy symptoms to be skin tested.”

  • WRONG. You do not need to be experiencing any allergy symptoms at the time of your testing. In fact, if you are a seasonal allergy sufferer for whom the doctor recommends immunotherapy (allergy extract), it is wise to start your immunotherapy six months before your most symptomatic time of year. This way, the allergy extract will have time to be effective before the next allergy season.    

Myth #4: “Allergy immunotherapy is only available by injections with needles.”

  • WRONG. Allergy & Asthma Specialists, PC offers two types of immunotherapy. Traditional allergy extract administered by injections and sublingual extract (SLIT) administered by placing drops under your tongue.

Myth #5: “You never outgrow Food Allergies.”

  • WRONG. Kids really do outgrow food allergies. However, parents are often unsure if a forbidden food can be reintroduced into a child’s diet. FOOD ALLERGY TESTING AND FOOD CHALLENGES in a medically supervised environment are a practice specialty. Under the supervision of a board certified allergist, we can safely determine if your child needs to continue food restrictions.

Myth #6: Allergies only affect the upper respiratory system.

  • WRONG.  Allergies can often affect lung function and a complete allergy evaluation includes testing to determine if your lung function capacity has been compromised. All locations of Allergy & Asthma Specialists offer state of the art computerized lung function testing for adults and children as young as three years old. Specialized lung function testing is also available for adults and children with exercise induced breathing symptoms and chronic cough syndrome.

Myth #7:  There is no connection between skin rashes in small children and the development of allergies and asthma.

  • WRONG.  Eczema or Atopic Dermatitis is one of the most common skin disorders seen in infants and children. Eczema is considered the beginning phase of a natural progression to other allergic diseases. Two- thirds of children with eczema develop allergic rhinitis. One half of children with eczema will go on to develop asthma. 
  • Fortunately, research indicates that early treatment of eczema may decrease the risk for developing asthma. The first step in the development of an effective treatment plan is to have the child evaluated by an allergist in order to identify potential eczema triggers.

Allergy & Asthma Specialists 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.

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. 

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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.

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