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.

What Causes Hives?

Patients sometimes wonder what hives are and why they occur. Also known as urticaria, hives affect about 1/5 of all individuals at some point in their lifetime. Hives typically manifest as a patch of itchy skin which later develops itchy, swollen, red welts.

Hives can be caused by a wide range of situations and substances. Some common triggers for hives include pollen, pet dander, latex, some foods, insect bites and stings, and plants like poison ivy and poison oak. Some other possible causes include blood transfusions, medications, infections, and physical stimuli like heat, cold, sun exposure, pressure, and exercise. To prevent hives, avoid your triggers and visit an allergist for treatment.

If you’re suffering from hives or other allergy symptoms, then come and see us at Allergy & Asthma Specialistsâ„ . The allergy doctors at our premier practice offer comprehensive allergy diagnostics and treatment. To learn more or to schedule your appointment with an allergy specialist serving Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, or Collegeville, please call 1-800-86COUGH, extension 2 or visit 86cough.com.

A Patient's Introduction to Asthma

Asthma is a chronic and long-term condition that affects the airways of the lungs and can be managed but not cured. If you were recently diagnosed with this condition by an asthma doctor, then watch this video to learn more.

Asthma causes the person’s airways to swell and become more narrow, resulting in breathing difficulties and wheezing. When a person has asthma, his or her airways are easily irritated by asthmatic triggers. Some examples of common asthmatic triggers include pollen, dust mites, cigarette smoke, chest infections, and animal dander.

Do think that you may need asthma treatment in Jenkintown, Philadelphia, King of Prussia, Doylestown, Bluebell, Lansdale, Pottstown, or Collegeville? If so, then please contact Allergy & Asthma Specialistsâ„  by calling 1(800)86-COUGH, extension 2 to schedule an appointment with one of our asthma doctors.

Common Causes of Urticaria

Many patients who visit an allergy doctor want to know why they get hives. Urticaria, commonly known as hives, are itchy areas of the skin that appear swollen and red. Urticaria can develop anywhere on the body and range in size. Also, hives can migrate, appearing on different parts of the body as the reaction progresses.

Urticaria can result from several different causes. Some of the most common reasons why people get hives include allergic reactions to medication, food, insect stings, and latex. Hives can also develop in response to a viral infection or itching. A change in environment can also trigger hives—such as sun exposure to the skin, or even recovering from a change in environment, such as warming up skin after being outside in the cold. If you suffer from urticaria, then your allergy doctor will advise you to avoid your triggers and may prescribe antihistamines or steroids.

At Allergy & Asthma Specialistsâ„ , our team of board-certified allergy doctors and immunologists are specifically trained in the evaluation and treatment of hives and see patients in Philadelphia, King of Prussia, Doylestown, Bluebell, Lansdale, Jenkintown, Pottstown, and Collegeville. To learn more about our services or to make an appointment, please dial 1(800)86-COUGH, extension 2.

A Closer Look at Oral Allergy Syndrome

Oral allergy syndrome, or OAS, describes a reaction that allergic rhinitis sufferers experience when eating certain foods. Although most people don’t think about the foods they are eating when they have allergic rhinitis, there actually is a close connection for many allergy sufferers. If you think you could be suffering from OAS, talk to your allergy doctor to find out if you are experiencing cross-reactivity. Here is what you need to know about OAS.

What is OAS?

If you have allergic rhinitis, you may notice that your mouth or throat feels scratchy when you eat apples or celery. This reaction is a symptom of OAS and occurs because the proteins in certain fruits and vegetables mimic the proteins in pollen. Therefore, if you experience an allergic reaction to pollen, you could experience a similar reaction when you eat foods that contain that protein. This kind of reaction occurs in up to 75% of adults who are allergic to birch tree pollen.

What are the symptoms?

Most OAS symptoms are mild and involve itching and small amounts of swelling of the mouth, lips, tongue, and throat. These reactions may occur as soon as you come into contact with the fruits and vegetables that trigger your symptoms, or they may occur up an hour later. In rare cases, people with OAS experience anaphylaxis, which requires immediate emergency attention.

What are the treatment options?

The best way to avoid OAS is to avoid the foods that trigger your symptoms. Because the reaction only occurs with raw food, cooking the fruits and vegetables can help. In some cases, your allergy doctor may recommend medications or allergy shots, if your symptoms are severe.

If you think you could be suffering from OAS, make an appointment with an allergist at Allergy & Asthma Specialists for diagnosis and treatment. 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.

Dining Out Despite Food Allergies? Get This App First

When you have food allergies, dining out can be a minefield instead of a good time. Now, thanks to the AllergyEats Android app, you can finally order with confidence in a restaurant and enjoy the experience.

AllergyEats is a crowd-sourced app that collects information about how accommodating restaurants across the country are to food allergy sufferers. Find out about experiences other allergy sufferers have had at the restaurants you want to try and discover which ones to avoid. Add your own experiences into the app to let other allergy sufferers know where to go for a good meal that is also safe.

From food allergies to asthma, Allergy & Asthma Specialists sets the gold standard for care. 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.

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