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.

Fall Allergies in Pennsylvania

Most people associate allergies with spring, but ask any allergy doctor, and you’ll find out that fall is also peak allergy season. In Pennsylvania, fall allergies can be particularly bad, leaving many people miserable and in search of health from an allergist. If you suffer from fall allergies, the good news is that your allergy doctor can help you control your symptoms so you can enjoy the season. Here is what you need to know about fall allergies.

Why do allergies occur in the fall?

There are several reasons there is a second peak allergy symptom in the fall. One is that temperature fluctuate in the fall, and when the air warms up, allergies tend to get worse. Another reason is that many people have increased exposure to allergens because of outdoor activities that they do, particularly raking leaves, which can stir up pollen and other allergy triggers. For young people with allergies and asthma, fall is particularly difficult because they return to school and are exposed to a new set of classroom irritants. All of these factors come together to create a higher risk of allergies than people are used to seeing during the summer months or that they encounter during winter.

Why are allergies bad in Pennsylvania?

For people in Pennsylvania, fall allergies are an extremely common problem because of high levels of ragweed, dust mites, and mold that occur during this time of year. The longer temperatures stay moderate in Pennsylvania during the fall, the worse problems with allergies and allergic rhinitis become. Because of problems with fall allergies, the last week of September is also the peak period of hospital admissions for asthma.

Can I prevent allergies?

If you suffer from allergies, see an allergy doctor for treatment. Allergy shots and a range of other treatments can help you get your symptoms under control. Getting allergy treatment also helps you avoid more serious complications, like asthma.

At Allergy & Asthma Specialists, our doctors can help you beat allergies in Pennsylvania year round, from food allergies to allergic rhinitis. To schedule a visit with an allergy doctor in Doylestown, Philadelphia, King of Prussia, Bluebell, Lansdale, Jenkintown, Pottstown, and Collegeville, dial (800) 86-COUGH, extension 2.

Needy Veterans and Their Families Fundraiser

Join us this holiday season in supporting the needy families of veterans and service members.

There are several area families that are at risk for food, basic living essentials and children’s holiday toys. We are accepting cash donations or gift cards to Giant, Acme, Target or Walmart to buy food and essentials. Call the office at 610-825-5800, extension 6 to make a cash donation. If you would like to purchase any of the items below and drop it at our Blue Bell office, please let Barbara know at bsmith@allergypc.com. Thank you for your support.

The Veteran’s Families Christmas Wish List

Family #1 has 3 teenage boys ages 16 -17 that would like Dick’s Sporting Good gift cards or American Eagle gift cards. A teenage girl family member would like a Montgomery Mall gift certificate.

Family #2 has a 9 year old little girl that likes a Barbie Dream House, a Barbie Tea Set, Lego Friends Cupcake Store or a Monster High Castle

Family #3 has a 5 year old little girl that loves My Pony, Shopkins, Disney Princesses, anything bright and sparkly. She needs a winter coat, sweaters and hoodies: size 7.

This family also has a newborn coming and can use basic baby clothes and supplies.

Family #4 has a 3 year old little boy that loves Thomas the Train, and would love a tricycle and helmet.

Family #5 has a 7 year old little girl that loves princess stories and dolls, anything Tinker Bell, coloring books and crayons. She loves anything pink and purple.

This family also has a 5 year old little boy who wishes for Nickelodeon’s Blaze, monster truck toys, loves school and school books, puzzles, coloring books and crayons. Favorite color is red.

Family # 6 has three teenage boys, ages 13, 14, and 17. The 13 and 14 year olds would love to get bikes. The 17 year old would love a gift card to Game Stop, Footlocker or Primark.

Family # 7 has a 9 year old little girl who loves sports, especially football and the Dallas Cowboys. A teenage boy, 14, loves anything technology and PS4 games.

Family #8 is a 66 year old disabled veteran who has just moved into disabled housing and needs bath towels, dish towels, laundry supplies, Gillette razors.

Family #9 has two little girls, ages 2 and 5 years old, who need some little girl toys, clothes (sizes 3T and 6x) A winter coat in 6x is needed and snow boots for the 2 year old are needed in size 5.

Thank you, thank you, thank you……

Sweets for Soldiers 2016

For the fourth year we are proud to collect Halloween candy for the soldiers overseas! Bring your Halloween candy to any A&AS location and we will buy it from you for one dollar ($1.00) per pound. Last year we collected 2,080 pounds of candy that was distributed to our soldiers. The deadline to bring candy to the office is Tuesday, November 8.

Can Allergies and Asthma Affect Your Workouts? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Whether you are an elite athlete, a weekend warrior, or just getting into an exercise routine, you need to be able to breathe in order to perform at your peak. If you have allergies or asthma, you may experience shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, or wheezing—especially when you are working out. Your body and muscles need oxygen to keep working properly, but if your breathing is hindered, it can mean you have to slow down or stop exercising altogether. By visiting an allergy doctor near Philadelphia who also specializes in asthma, you may be able to pinpoint the causes of your breathing issues and treat them accordingly. Take a look at this infographic to understand how allergies and asthma can affect your workouts. Please share with your friends and fellow exercise enthusiasts.

The Basics of Food Allergies

Food allergies are quite common and typically involve allergic reactions to peanuts, milk, eggs, shellfish, soy, or wheat, although other foods can also be allergens. An allergic reaction is essentially an overreaction by the immune system to a food; the immune system identifies the harmless substance as being a foreign invader.

You can watch this video or consult an allergy doctor to hear about the chemical changes in the body that occur during an allergic reaction. This video explains how a type of antibody called immunoglobulin E binds to immune cells. In the presence of the food allergen, immunoglobulin E triggers the immune cells to release histamine, which causes allergy symptoms. Anaphylaxis, a severe reaction, may also occur.

If you have food allergies, you can call Allergy & Asthma Specialistsâ„  at 1(800)86-COUGH to schedule an appointment with an allergist in Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, or Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Our allergy specialists look forward to helping you live life well.

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