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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.

Food and Skin Allergies are More Prevalent than Ever Before

Today, many more youngsters are being diagnosed with allergies, particularly food allergies to items such as nuts, eggs, and shellfish, than ever before. In fact, a study recently released by the CDC revealed that in just over a decade, the prevalence of allergies has increased from 3.4 to 5.1 percent. Allergies can take a toll on a child’s wellbeing and interfere with academic productivity.

Fortunately, allergy treatments such as immunotherapy can help. For more information on the alarming upward trend in allergies, watch this video. You’ll learn about additional allergy triggers and the possible link between cleaner homes and immune system reactions.

If you or your child suffers from allergies or asthma, schedule an appointment with Allergy & Asthma Specialists in King of Prussia. Please call us at 1-800-86COUGH and ask us about our personalized treatment plans, which can include immunotherapy.

When Weather Triggers Asthma

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Excerpt from Asthma Magazine article by Gretchen Cook, July/August 2001

Do you wheeze or cough when you go outside in cold air?  Do you suffer shortness of breath during a thunderstorm? You may have asthma that is triggered by outside conditions.

Just like triggers inside our homes such as dust and molds that can cause an asthma attack, conditions outside the home can also cause asthma attacks.  Weather’s effect on asthma can be complex, however, certain weather patterns are either known or suspected to cause problems for people with asthma. 

Cold Air
Cold air is a major asthma trigger, especially the cold dry air of winter.  During this type of weather, limit exertion in cold, dry air. Also, cover your nose and mouth with a scarf when outside during periods of very cold weather.  Keep a fast acting relief medication (bronchodilator) handy.  In cold weather, make sure to keep the inhaler as warm as possible to ensure effectiveness.

Thunderstorms
Researchers have found that there is an increase in asthma symptoms during periods of thunderstorm activity.  The reason behind this association between asthma flares and thunderstorms is unclear; however, the winds that come with the thunderstorms are the most likely culprit, kicking up vast amounts of allergens into the air.  Another factor may be ozone, a well-established asthma trigger, produced in the air during lighting strikes.  To avoid the risk a thunderstorm may cause for an asthma attack, stay indoors with the windows closed.

Additional Weather Conditions

Hot, humid days, windy days, or changes in barometric pressure are all weather conditions that can cause asthma symptoms to flare.  While avoidance is the best solution, you can not always stay indoors with the windows and doors closed.             

If you must be outside on days when weather may trigger your asthma, limit your exertion.  Also, keep a fast acting relief medication (bronchodilator) handy.

Find Out What May Be Causing Your Food Allergies With this Handy App

Many people suffer from allergic reactions that are caused by certain foods. One way to determine what your food triggers are is to keep a journal of all the foods you eat and chronicle your reactions. With the mySymptoms Food Diary app from SkyGazer Labs, Ltd., it’s easier than ever to analyze your potential food triggers.

App

Download this helpful app to record your daily food intake and observations. You can also record your medications, exercise schedule, and quality of sleep. The app produces a detailed analysis based on your information. Share your analysis with your allergy doctor to help guide your treatment plan.

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 our website or by calling 1-800-86COUGH.  

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.

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