• Understanding the Types of Immunotherapy

    Allergies affect millions of people in countless different ways. For most people, an allergy is a minor nuisance that makes life uncomfortable for a few weeks out of the year. For some people, however, allergies can cause an asthma attack at virtually any time. For the sake of their wellbeing, it’s important for these individuals to explore all allergy treatment options—including immunotherapy. The next time you visit an allergist, be sure to ask about the different types of immunotherapy. 

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    Immunotherapy Basics

    After being evaluated by an allergist, you will receive a personalized treatment plan that may include immunotherapy. Whereas antihistamines provide temporary relief, immunotherapy provides long-term relief. Immunotherapy involves the gradual introduction of allergens to your system, and is designed to help your body become less sensitive to allergens over time. In some cases, immunotherapy can provide complete relief from allergy symptoms.

    Subcutaneous Immunotherapy

    One of the most common types of immunotherapy is subcutaneous immunotherapy. “Subcutaneous” means “beneath the skin,” and this type of immunotherapy involves injecting allergens into the skin. After injecting the allergen, you must wait in the allergists office for 30 minutes to be monitored for a possible reaction to the injection. 

    Sublingual Immunotherapy

    “Sublingual” means “beneath the tongue,” which describes the site where sublingual immunotherapy is administered. Sublingual immunotherapy involves the daily  placement  of allergy extract  drops  beneath the tongue. If you have a food allergy, your allergist may recommend food sublingual immunotherapy, which involves placing food extract beneath the tongue. As with subcutaneous immunotherapy, the idea is to gradually increase the body’s exposure to an allergen in an effort to reduce symptoms. 

    Board-certified allergists/immunologists comprise the entire physician staff of Allergy & Asthma Specialists. Allergy doctors at our premier medical practice provide comprehensive allergy and asthma diagnostics and state-of-the-art treatment, including two types of immunotherapy. We have offices in center city Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Schedule online at www.AllergyandAsthmaWellness.com  or by calling 1-800- 86COUGH and selecting option 2.

  • Asthma Screening

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in 12 Americans has asthma. That’s roughly 25 million people. If you suspect that you or your child has asthma, it’s important to get screened right away. The staff at Allergy & Asthma Specialists is fully qualified to identify asthma symptoms and make the appropriate management recommendations. 

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    We use state-of-the-art computerized lung function testing for all our patients except very young children. Our spirometry test is designed to measure the amount of air you can quickly blow out of your lungs, and involves simply blowing into a special mouthpiece. We also use inhalation challenge tests to determine how your airways respond to common asthma triggers. We recommend screening for anyone who experiences frequent coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing, or other common asthma symptoms.   

    Board-certified allergists/immunologists comprise the entire physician staff of Allergy & Asthma Specialists. Allergy doctors at our premier medical practice provide comprehensive allergy and asthma diagnostics and state-of-the-art treatment, including two types of immunotherapy. We have offices in center city Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Schedule online at  www.AllergyandAsthmaWellness.com  or by calling 1-800-86COUGH and selecting option 2.

  • In this success story, Giselle seeks relief from her allergic asthma from an allergist!

    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, option 2. 

  • Food Allergies Among Children Are on the Rise

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    Food allergies cause an adverse reaction whenever certain types of foods or drinks are ingested. Studies reveal that food allergies seem to be on the rise across the United States, particularly among children. In 2007, an estimated three million children suffered from food-related allergies, which represents an 18% rise in this population over the past ten years. Additionally, emergency room visits for children with severe allergic reactions have more than doubled in the recent past. Although the cause of this rise in allergies is unclear, doctors believe the increase may be due to changes in living environment and diet. Regardless of the cause for this change, it’s important for parents to recognize the signs of a severe allergic reaction in their child and seek medical attention if he is confused, unresponsive, or having trouble breathing.

    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.