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Answering Common Questions About Food Allergies

Food allergies are a common reason why people visit an allergy doctor. This type of allergy can prevent you from eating and enjoying your favorite foods, but seeking treatment may provide you with relief from your symptoms. Read on to learn the answers to common questions about food allergies.

What are the symptoms of a food allergy?

The symptoms of a food allergy typically occur just after ingestion or within 2 hours, can range from mild to severe, and can affect the gastrointestinal tract, the skin, the respiratory tract, and the cardiovascular system. Some of the most common symptoms of a food allergy include hives, stomach cramps, vomiting, wheezing, coughing, trouble swallowing, dizziness, and a hoarse throat. More severe symptoms include shock, circulatory collapse, swelling of the tongue, a weak pulse, and anaphylaxis.

What are some common types of food allergies?

The average person’s food allergies fall into one of the following categories: egg, corn, fish, shellfish, meat, milk, tree nut, peanut, soy, wheat, and food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES). Usually affecting infants and young children, FPIES is a type of gastrointestinal food allergy.

How common are food allergies?

In the United States, it’s estimated that about 50 million people have an allergy of some kind. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that food allergies affect 4% of adults and 6% of children. Although they can develop at any age, food allergies are seen most often in babies and children.

How can I address my food allergy?

If you are diagnosed with a food allergy, the best way to manage your symptoms is to avoid the aggravating food altogether. To do this, consistently read food labels and be wary of cross-contamination. Food allergies sometimes fade away over time, and allergists recommend immunotherapy for some patients.

Do you need treatment for food allergies in Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, or Collegeville? If so, then look no further than Allergy & Asthma Specialists℠. To schedule your appointment with one of our allergy doctors, please call 1-800-86COUGH, extension 2 or visit www.AllergyandAsthmaWellness.com.

How to Use Your Inhaler

Have you been diagnosed with asthma? If so, then you may have questions about the right way to operate an inhaler. Watch this video for some helpful tips on using your inhaler as part of your asthma treatment.

Start by removing the cap and shaking the inhaler for about 5 seconds. Next, exhale completely, look straight ahead, and hold the inhaler as directed by your asthma doctor. Then, put the mouthpiece between your teeth and close your lips around it, or hold it 1 to 2 inches from your mouth. Now, breathe in slowly as you press down once. Finally, remove the inhaler and hold your breath for about 10 seconds before exhaling.

To schedule your appointment with an allergist or asthma doctor serving Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, or Collegeville, please visit 86cough.com or call Allergy & Asthma Specialists℠ at 1-800-86COUGH, extension 2.

Your Guide to Allergy Immunotherapy

Used as an allergy treatment for allergens such as dust mites, tree, grass or weed pollen, mold, animal dander and bee stings, immunotherapy is a popular method of addressing allergies and preventing allergy symptoms. If you’re wondering if immunotherapy could be right for you, then continue reading to learn more about this option.

Immunotherapy Overview

Immunotherapy is a type of preventive allergy treatment involving exposure to the substance that the person is allergic to. The patient receives doses of the allergen in incrementally increasing amounts to encourage the immune system to become more tolerant of it. Also, immunotherapy can reduce the characteristic inflammation seen in asthma and rhinitis. Before beginning this type of allergy treatment, your allergist will perform skin tests to confirm what allergens your body has antibodies for. Allergy doctors often recommend immunotherapy for people who have individual sensitivities to several allergens.

Immunotherapy Types

Your allergist may recommend one of several types of immunotherapy for your treatment. Allergy shots, or subcutaneous immunotherapy (SCIT), are commonly used options for this method of allergy treatment. SCIT is the only available therapy that can alter a person’s immune system and stop the development of asthma and new allergies. A second option is using allergy drops or sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT). These drops are a widely-accepted form of immunotherapy. Finally, a third option is allergy tablets, which is another form of SLIT. These tablets are a method of treating certain allergies without the use of injections. These tablets work in the same way as SCIT to help the patient’s body build up a resistance to the effects of an allergen and thereby reduce their allergy symptoms.

At Allergy & Asthma Specialists℠, premier allergy doctors offer diagnostic services and comprehensive allergy care that includes 3 types of immunotherapy near Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville. Please visit 86cough.com or call 1-800-86COUGH, extension 2 to schedule an appointment.

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 Specialists℠. 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 Specialists℠ by calling 1(800)86-COUGH, extension 2 to schedule an appointment with one of our asthma doctors.

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