• 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. 

    Woman with flu virus

    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.