• What is Anaphylaxis?

    While an allergic reaction can take many forms, one of the most dangerous can be anaphylaxis. As the most severe form of allergic reaction, anaphylaxis is a potentially life-threatening condition that should be treated as a medical emergency. Typically occurring within twenty minutes to two hours of exposure to a triggering allergen, anaphylaxis impacts multiple body systems. Symptoms can include abdominal pain, anxiety, chest tightness, dizziness, difficulty breathing, vomiting, slurred speech, skin redness, heart palpitations, and more. Left untreated, patients can suffer from airway blockages, cardiac arrest, respiratory arrest, and shock. If you or a loved one is suffering from anaphylaxis, seek immediate and urgent medical care.

    Epinephrine Injection using Auto-Injector Syringe

    For the best in allergy and asthma diagnostics and treatment, contact Allergy & Asthma Specialists. Since 1989, our state-of-the-art practice has been serving patients in the Philadelphia area. Our allergists and immunologists offer a combined 145 years of experience. Call 1-800-86COUGH or visit our website today to learn more.

  • A Guide to Living With Asthma

    Asthma, a chronic disease in the airways of the lungs, can be a challenging diagnosis for both children and adults. While the disease can impact people of all ages, it is most commonly diagnosed in childhood. Fortunately, proactive treatment options are available to help patients ward off troubling symptoms and avoid asthma attacks. With appropriate care, including the use of medication, avoiding asthma triggers, and responding to symptoms as needed, most individuals suffering from asthma can lead completely normal lives, playing, exercising, and behaving normally. To learn more about living with asthma, watch this short video.

    To help your child manage his or her asthma symptoms, contact Allergy & Asthma Specialists at 1-800-86COUGH. With offices located in Center City Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania, our experienced and professional team offers comprehensive asthma diagnostics and state-of-the-art treatment. Call us today to schedule an appointment!

  • Qualities to Look for In an Allergy Doctor

    Whether you have bothersome seasonal allergies or life-threatening reactions to certain substances, it’s important to choose the right allergy doctor. The right allergy doctor will evaluate you and your symptoms thoroughly and develop an individualized treatment plan that suits your unique needs. Here’s a look at some of the considerations that should factor into your selection:

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    Licensure and Certification

    Your allergy doctor should hold the necessary licenses and be board-certified in the allergy and immunology fields. Ask the doctor if he or she has been certified by the American Board of Allergy & Clinical Immunology, and whether he or she holds any other certifications. For example, some allergists are also board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

    Range of Services

    Choose an allergy doctor who offers a comprehensive range of diagnostic exams and treatment options in a state-of-the-art facility. Allergists should offer skin testing, lung function testing, and individualized treatment plans that may include immunotherapy and aspirin desensitization.

    Knowledgeable Staff

    Each staff member at the allergist’s practice should welcome your questions and thoroughly answer them to your satisfaction. You should also consider choosing a practice that streamlines the process of making appointments and renewing prescriptions by offering online requests.

    Service Record

    Ask the allergist about his or her service record and professional experience. You might also consider visiting the practice’s website to read patient testimonials.

    Location

    Location is another key factor when choosing an allergy doctor. Consider choosing a practice with multiple locations for your convenience.

    Compassionate Care

    Talk to the allergy doctor about his or her approach to patient care. You should get the sense that the doctor truly cares about each patient’s wellbeing and is dedicated to upholding a high standard of care.

    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 an appointment online or by calling 1-800-86COUGH.

  • Recognizing the Symptoms of an Asthma Attack

    If you have asthma, your airways have chronic inflammation that causes shortness of breath and other symptoms. During an asthma attack, these symptoms can become rapidly worse. Work with an allergy doctor to determine a course of action to take in the event of an asthma attack. For instance, your allergy doctor can help you identify which symptoms indicate a need for emergency medical care.

    Asthma attack

    Asthma Attack Basics

    An asthma attack occurs when the airways become significantly inflamed and swollen and the surrounding muscles contract. This causes your bronchial tubes to constrict, which makes it difficult to breathe. Asthma attacks can range from mild to severe. During a mild asthma attack, immediately follow the plan of treatment established by your allergy doctor. Severe asthma attacks require urgent medical care.

    Early Indicators

    You might notice some early indicators of an impending asthma attack. Your symptoms may interfere with your sleeping patterns, you might feel irritable, and you’ll likely cough and wheeze frequently. Check your lung function with your peak flow meter, as instructed by your allergy doctor. If the readings are lower than normal, you could be at a greater risk of an asthma attack.

    Asthma Attack Symptoms

    During an asthma attack, your coughing and wheezing becomes rapidly worse and you’ll likely notice tightness or pain in your chest. You’ll increasingly have trouble breathing, despite using your rescue inhaler in some instances. Additional symptoms include hyperventilation, panic, and problems talking. You might notice your lips or fingernails acquire a bluish tint, and your face may appear pale and sweaty.           

    Treatment Plan

    Asthma attacks are life-threatening. Call 911 immediately if you experience worsening symptoms. Make sure your friends and family members can recognize the symptoms of an asthma attack and understand the need for immediate medical assistance. If you frequently experience worsening asthma symptoms, your allergy doctor might recommend changing 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 an appointment online or by calling 1-800-86COUGH.

  • Your Guide to Pollen Allergies

    If you’re allergic to pollen, you likely experience symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, and a runny nose. You might experience symptoms in the spring, when tree pollen are released, or in the fall, when ragweed pollen is carried on the wind.

    Watch this video for more information on your pollen allergy. This doctor explains the importance of seeing a board-certified allergist to determine which type of pollen you’re allergic to and to find out what your treatment options are.

    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 an appointment online or by calling 1-800-86COUGH.