• Everything You Need to Know About Contact Dermatitis

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    Contact dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin that can stem from an allergic reaction. Although contact dermatitis is usually not a medically serious condition, it can cause significant discomfort. Listed below are some important facts about contact dermatitis. If you’ve noticed any unusual skin symptoms, schedule an appointment with an allergy doctor promptly.

    Types of Contact Dermatitis
    Your allergy doctor may diagnose you with one of two types of contact dermatitis. The first is irritant contact dermatitis, which occurs when your skin is exposed to an irritating substance. Although your skin is sensitive to the particular substance, this type of contact dermatitis isn’t an allergy. On the other hand, allergic contact dermatitis is characterized by an immune system response in the skin that occurs after contact with an allergen.

    Symptoms of Contact Dermatitis
    The symptoms of both types of contact dermatitis are essentially the same. You might notice mild to severe redness, swelling, itching, and peeling skin. You might also notice that the affected area of skin is warm to the touch and that it is covered by blisters, which may discharge fluid.

    Causes of Contact Dermatitis
    There are a wide range of irritants and allergens that may trigger your symptoms. Your allergy doctor will help you determine what your triggers are. They may include perfumes, deodorant, fragrances, dyes, soaps, and cosmetics. Medications, latex, poison ivy, and nickel have also been known to cause contact dermatitis symptoms.

    Treatments for Contact Dermatitis
    Your allergy doctor may recommend taking an antihistamine and using a cortisone cream to alleviate your symptoms. He or she may also discuss some home care tips, such as soaking a washcloth in cool water mixed with baking soda and placing it over your rash.

    If you suffer from contact dermatitis, the board-certified allergists at Allergy & Asthma Specialists can help. We pride ourselves on improving the quality of life for every patient at our state-of-the-art facilities. Residents of the King of Prussia area are encouraged to call 1-800-86COUGH to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations. 

  • Walk-In Sessions for Allergy Injections!

    Patients may walk-in anytime between 1:45 pm and 6:45 pm on Mondays in our Blue Bell office for their allergy injections. No appointment necessary. 

    Tips to Help You Navigate the Allergy Injection Walk-In Session

    ALWAYS bring your extract scan card.

    1. This assures your safety. Your personalized bar coded scan card only allows your bar coded extract to be administered.

    2. Scanning your card puts you in the queue for your allergy shot and lets the injection nurse know you are waiting. Your injection may be delayed without your card.

    3. ALWAYS check in at the front desk at every visit to pay your co-pay, confirm your insurance coverage, and/or verify referral status. Not doing this could delay your next injection visit.

    4. Provide an e-mail and cell phone number at the front desk so we can notify you of any Walk-In Session cancelations.

     

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  • Prepare Yourself for Fall and Winter Allergies – [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Though many people associate allergies with the coming of the spring season, fall and winter allergies also affect many people across the country. Approximately 40 million people in the U.S. suffer from indoor and outdoor allergies, which can be caused by allergens ranging from pet dander and mold spores to ragweed and pollen. The cold, dry air of fall and winter irritate many allergy sufferers, but there are steps you can take to lessen the effects of seasonal allergens. Consulting an allergy doctor in King of Prussia may help you immensely, as an allergist can test you to find out exactly what you are allergic to. Your asthma and allergy doctor will create a personalized treatment plan so your allergy symptoms improve. Check out this infographic from Allergy & Asthma Specialists in King of Prussia to see how you can get ready for fall and winter allergies. Please share with your friends and family! 

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  • WALK FOR PRIMARY IMMUNODEFICIENCY

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    Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM  Is a GOLD SPONSOR of the

    WALK FOR PRIMARY IMMUNODEFICIENCY

    JOIN

    Dr. Mark Posner

    Board Certified Allergist/Immunologist

    Sunday, September 29, 2013

     

    At Penn’s Landing

    Philadelphia, PA

     

    For more information

    Go to www.primaryimmune.org

    Or call 800-296-4433

    Dr. Posner will be available to answer questions regarding primary immune deficiency disease.  Find him at the educational table of Allergy & Asthma Specialists.

    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 today online at our website or by calling 1-800-86COUGH.

    Mark Posner, MD 003

  • Dr. Lin at the Kid’s Expo: Saturday, September 28th

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    Join Dr. Nora Lin, Board Certified Allergist/Immunologist

    For the

    Kid’s Expo Sponsored by PA State Representative Todd Stephens

    On  Saturday, September 28, 2013 AT

    Hatboro Horsham High School

    899 Horsham Road

    Horsham, PA

    11:00 am – 2:00 pm

    Dr Lin and staff will be available to answer questions about allergies and asthma and perform asthma screenings.

    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 today online at our website or by calling 1-800-86COUGH.

    Nora Lin, MD

  • Food and Skin Allergies are More Prevalent than Ever Before

    Today, many more youngsters are being diagnosed with allergies, particularly food allergies to items such as nuts, eggs, and shellfish, than ever before. In fact, a study recently released by the CDC revealed that in just over a decade, the prevalence of allergies has increased from 3.4 to 5.1 percent. Allergies can take a toll on a child’s wellbeing and interfere with academic productivity.

    Fortunately, allergy treatments such as immunotherapy can help. For more information on the alarming upward trend in allergies, watch this video. You’ll learn about additional allergy triggers and the possible link between cleaner homes and immune system reactions.

    If you or your child suffers from allergies or asthma, schedule an appointment with Allergy & Asthma Specialists in King of Prussia. Please call us at 1-800-86COUGH and ask us about our personalized treatment plans, which can include immunotherapy.

  • When Weather Triggers Asthma

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    Excerpt from Asthma Magazine article by Gretchen Cook, July/August 2001

    Do you wheeze or cough when you go outside in cold air?  Do you suffer shortness of breath during a thunderstorm? You may have asthma that is triggered by outside conditions.

    Just like triggers inside our homes such as dust and molds that can cause an asthma attack, conditions outside the home can also cause asthma attacks.  Weather’s effect on asthma can be complex, however, certain weather patterns are either known or suspected to cause problems for people with asthma. 

    Cold Air
    Cold air is a major asthma trigger, especially the cold dry air of winter.  During this type of weather, limit exertion in cold, dry air. Also, cover your nose and mouth with a scarf when outside during periods of very cold weather.  Keep a fast acting relief medication (bronchodilator) handy.  In cold weather, make sure to keep the inhaler as warm as possible to ensure effectiveness.

    Thunderstorms
    Researchers have found that there is an increase in asthma symptoms during periods of thunderstorm activity.  The reason behind this association between asthma flares and thunderstorms is unclear; however, the winds that come with the thunderstorms are the most likely culprit, kicking up vast amounts of allergens into the air.  Another factor may be ozone, a well-established asthma trigger, produced in the air during lighting strikes.  To avoid the risk a thunderstorm may cause for an asthma attack, stay indoors with the windows closed.

    Additional Weather Conditions

    Hot, humid days, windy days, or changes in barometric pressure are all weather conditions that can cause asthma symptoms to flare.  While avoidance is the best solution, you can not always stay indoors with the windows and doors closed.             

    If you must be outside on days when weather may trigger your asthma, limit your exertion.  Also, keep a fast acting relief medication (bronchodilator) handy.

  • Find Out What May Be Causing Your Food Allergies With this Handy App

    Many people suffer from allergic reactions that are caused by certain foods. One way to determine what your food triggers are is to keep a journal of all the foods you eat and chronicle your reactions. With the mySymptoms Food Diary app from SkyGazer Labs, Ltd., it’s easier than ever to analyze your potential food triggers.

    App

    Download this helpful app to record your daily food intake and observations. You can also record your medications, exercise schedule, and quality of sleep. The app produces a detailed analysis based on your information. Share your analysis with your allergy doctor to help guide 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 today online at our website  or by calling 1-800-86COUGH.  

  • We are Your Most Trusted Source for Allergy & Asthma Relief!

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    Allergy & Asthma Specialists is the area’s most trusted source for allergy extract.  All allergy extracts are produced on-site under the supervision of our board certified allergists. Personalized extract prescriptions are developed for each patient by a board certified allergist to ensure the utmost efficacy and safety.  
     
    The area’s most trusted source for
    ALLERGY EXTRACT providing safe,
    effective extract in two forms:
    allergy injections at the office or
    allergy drops taken at home.
     
    See the Board Certified Allergists of Allergy & Asthma Specialists for safe and effective allergy extract available in two forms, injections and drops.

  • Dr. Mark Posner Spotlight:

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    MARK POSNER, M.D.
     
    Dr. Posner sees children and adults in the King of Prussia, Pottstown, Jenkintown and Collegeville locations.
     
    Mark Posner, MD is a Senior Physician and Director with Allergy & Asthma Specialists, P.C., a group practice with eight locations in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs.  He has practiced as a Board Certified Allergist/Immunologist since 1991.
     
    He is the current President of the Pennsylvania   Allergy and Asthma Association.
     
    Dr. Posner received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Pennsylvania and his Medical Degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.  His medical training continued at The Babies Hospital of Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York where he was a Resident in Pediatrics. He fulfilled a three-year Fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at Schneider’s Children Hospital in New York.  Dr. Posner is a Fellow of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, a member of the Pennsylvania Allergy and Asthma Association and the Philadelphia Allergy Society.
     
    Dr. Posner is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Allergy & Immunology.  He has been involved in over 100 clinical research studies for numerous international pharmaceutical companies conducting many double blinded, placebo controlled trials.  
     
    He has co-authored over a dozen articles that have appeared in Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, and Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.  He has presented several papers and has conducted numerous professional and community-based lectures.
     
    Hospital staff privileges include:
     
    Abington Memorial Hospital 
    Mercy Suburban Hospital
    Montgomery Hospital
    Paoli Hospital
    Phoenixville Hospital
    Pottstown Memorial Medical Center