• Environmental Control Tips for People with Asthma

    Did you know that your house could be contributing to your asthma attacks? This video highlights how common household items can aggravate your asthma.

    Contaminants such as dust, mold, and dust mites can trigger an asthma attack. These pollutants can often be found in pillows and linens. Washing your bedding each week in hot water can kill dust mites and remove dust. Poor plumbing can also lead to asthma problems. If your bathroom sink or kitchen faucet leaks, it can produce mold on nearby baseboards and cabinets. Even scented candles can irritate breathing airways, leading to more frequent asthma attacks.

    Are you finding it difficult to control your asthma attacks? Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM can help. Call our King of Prussia office today at 1 (800) 86-COUGH to schedule an appointment with an allergy doctor

  • Answering Common Questions about Food Sublingual Immunotherapy.

    Nut Allergy Warning

    For a person who suffers from food allergies, even a single swallow of a food allergen can result in anaphylactic shock. That is why allergy doctors may recommend food sublingual immunotherapy. As its name indicates, this treatment method aims to lower the resistance of the immune system to food allergens. By teaching the body how to tolerate food allergens, individuals with food allergies may experience fewer life-threatening allergic reactions to them.

    How does food sublingual immunotherapy work?

    Food sublingual immunotherapy is a simple process by which an allergy doctor gradually introduces a food allergen into the system of a patient with a known allergy. An extremely small amount of the allergen is given to the patient, who places it under the tongue. After a specific period of time, the patient can swallow the dosage. The patient then remains in the allergy doctor’s office so that any adverse side effects can be immediately addressed. If the doctor deems that the dosage is safe for the patient to take, he may prescribe at-home treatment for a few weeks at a time. Over a series of several months, the allergy doctor will increase the dosages.

    Who is a candidate for food sublingual immunotherapy?

    Anyone who suffers from a food allergy may be eligible for food sublingual immunotherapy. Allergy doctors can provide this type of treatment for both pediatric and adult patients.

    What effect does food sublingual immunotherapy have on allergies?

    Food sublingual immunotherapy cannot remedy an existing food allergy. However, this type of treatment can reduce the potentially life-threatening complications that consumption of a food allergen may have on individuals with severe food allergies. If a patient has no tolerance to a food allergen, the accidental ingestion of it can result in breathing difficulties and loss of consciousness. With food sublingual immunotherapy, a patient can slowly increase his ability to tolerate his food allergens, which can decrease the chance of unanticipated adverse reactions in the future.

    Would you like to take part in food sublingual immunotherapy? To learn more about this innovative allergy treatment option, call Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM at 1 (800) 86-COUGH. We can make an appointment for you at our King of Prussia office.

  • Warning Signs of an Asthma Attack

    Asthma Attack

    It’s common for individuals with asthma to have symptoms lapse for weeks or months. However, an asthma attack can happen at any time. Work with your allergy doctor to develop an asthma attack action plan so you and your family members will know what to do when one occurs. Sometimes, however, an asthma attack may not respond well to the usual treatment. In these cases, allergy doctors urge patients to call for emergency medical assistance right away.

    Persistent Cough
    Persistent coughing is a common indicator of an impending asthma attack. Usually, patients report suffering from a dry, hacking type of cough that doesn’t respond to cough medicine. A cough related to an approaching asthma attack typically occurs at night. However, allergy doctors note that coughing isn’t necessarily present with all asthma attacks. In fact, it’s not uncommon for an asthma patient to suffer a cough before one attack, while not experiencing any coughing before the next one.

    Audible Wheezing
    If you’ve noticed a wheezing sound when you breathe, it could mean you’re at risk of suffering an asthma attack. This typically occurs upon exhaling. It may begin at a low pitch, yet rise to a high pitch.

    Breathing Changes
    Your allergy doctor may recommend that you test your breathing regularly with a peak flow meter. A peak flow meter is like an early warning system that alerts you to an impending asthma attack. If the peak flow meter shows you’re within 50 to 80 percent of your baseline, you’re likely suffering an asthma attack. If you have a number below 50 percent of your baseline, you need to call for emergency medical help.

    The allergy doctors at Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM encourage patients to become fully informed of their condition and how to implement an emergency plan. For information on how to better control your asthma, schedule a visit with one of our allergy doctors in King of Prussia. Area residents can reach us at 1 (800) 86-COUGH or via our website.

    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 www.AllergyandAsthmaWellness.com or by calling 1-800-86COUGH.

  • A Closer Look at Peanut Allergies

    Peanut allergies are growing increasingly prevalent among children. Unfortunately, only about one in five children will outgrow a peanut allergy. For others, it’s a lifetime condition that necessitates vigilant grocery shopping and careful food preparation.

    For more information on what it’s like to live with a peanut allergy, watch this video. You’ll hear the story of little Kiera, who was first diagnosed with a peanut allergy after suffering a severe reaction to eating a sandwich. You’ll see which preventative measures are being taken in Kiera’s classroom and you’ll hear Kiera’s mom discuss the importance of reading each food label carefully.

    If your child has a peanut allergy, schedule an appointment with an allergy doctor at Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM. You can reach our office in King of Prussia by calling 1 (800) 86-COUGH or visit our practice on the web.

    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 www.AllergyandAsthmaWellness.com or by calling 1-800-86COUGH.