• A Look at Exercise-Induced Asthma

    Exercise-induced asthma is one of the conditions that an allergy specialist can treat. Also known as exercise-induced bronchoconstriction, this is a condition characterized by symptoms such as shortness of breath and wheezing that occur during exercise. However, individuals with this condition shouldn’t try to avoid cardiovascular exercise. Instead, they can work with an asthma specialist to learn how to exercise safely.

    When you watch this news clip, you’ll hear from a college student who has exercise-induced bronchoconstriction. He uses an inhaler while he runs around campus. You’ll also hear an allergist explain why exercise can trigger asthma symptoms in some people.

    Fellowship-trained, board-certified allergists and immunologists comprise the entire physician staff of Allergy & Asthma Specialists. Call 1-800-86COUGH to schedule an appointment with an asthma specialist in one of our offices located in Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Philadelphia, Pottstown, Collegeville, Jenkintown, Doylestown, or Lansdale.

  • What to Do If Your Child Has Food Allergies

    If you suspect your child might have food allergies, it’s essential to bring him or her to an allergy doctor right away. The allergy doctor can perform allergy testing to determine which foods your child is allergic to. Most food allergies are triggered by peanuts, cow’s milk, eggs, wheat, soy, shellfish, and tree nuts.

    The allergy specialist will help you adjust to eliminating your child’s food triggers from his or her diet. When grocery shopping, you’ll need to scrutinize food labels to determine if the products may contain allergens. The allergy specialist will also develop a treatment plan for you to follow if your child inadvertently consumes the food and suffers a severe allergic reaction. This involves using an epinephrine auto-injector as quickly as possible once the reaction occurs.

    Fellowship-trained, board-certified allergists/immunologists at Allergy & Asthma Specialists can help families manage food allergies. Allergy doctors at this premier medical practice provide comprehensive allergy diagnostics and treatment at offices located in Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Philadelphia, Pottstown, Collegeville, Jenkintown, Doylestown, and Lansdale. Schedule a consultation today for your child online at AllergyandAsthmaWellness.com or by calling 1-800-86COUGH, option 2.

  • Are Fall Allergies Tripping You Up?

    If you develop unpleasant respiratory symptoms every fall, you may have allergies instead of the common cold. You can consult an allergy doctor for allergy testing and treatment. The allergist may find that you’re allergic to ragweed, which is a common cause of allergic rhinitis. In Pennsylvania, ragweed season begins in mid-August, and intensifies in September and October. It generally does not subside until November, when a hard frost can kill the ragweed.

    Identifying the Symptoms of Fall Allergies

    The symptoms of allergic rhinitis can affect you regardless of whether you’re in an urban or rural area. Just one ragweed plant can produce one million granules of pollen every day. The pollen is readily spread by the wind, often causing ragweed pollen levels to peak in the afternoon. You may have allergic rhinitis if you suffer from a runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, an itchy throat, itchy eyes, swollen eyelids, and hives. You may even develop asthma symptoms, such as problems breathing, wheezing, and coughing. The symptoms of allergic rhinitis, which is popularly referred to as hay fever, cause millions of missed work and school days each year.

    Managing Fall Allergies

    An allergy doctor can develop a two-pronged approach to manage allergic rhinitis, which involves medical treatment and lifestyle modifications. Medications such as nasal corticosteroids, decongestants, and antihistamines can help ease the symptoms of fall allergies. You might also consider trying immunotherapy, which helps the body become better able to tolerate your allergens. Lifestyle modifications are a preventive approach to allergy management. Avoiding your allergen whenever possible and controlling your environment can help you get through the season. For example, you could avoid going outdoors during peak pollen levels, keep the windows closed when indoors, and wash your hands frequently to rid them of pollen.

    The fellowship-trained, board-certified allergists/immunologists of Allergy & Asthma Specialists are available to help new and current patients manage their fall allergies. An allergy doctor at our premier practice can provide comprehensive diagnostic testing and advanced treatment options, including immunotherapy. Our offices are located in Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Philadelphia, Pottstown, Collegeville, Jenkintown, Doylestown, and Lansdale. Schedule today online at AllergyandAsthmaWellness.com or by calling 1-800-86COUGH, option 2.

  • Who Has Asthma and Why?

    Experts estimate that about 26 million Americans suffer from asthma, a serious condition that affects respiration. While there is no cure for asthma, people with this condition can work with an asthma specialist to find relief. An allergist can help patients discover the triggers of their symptoms and learn how to manage the condition.

    Who Has Asthma?

    Asthma can affect anyone. If you have asthma, it means that your airways have chronic inflammation. This can cause mild symptoms or life-threatening problems. It isn’t yet known exactly why certain people develop asthma, while others don’t. However, asthma specialists believe that it may be a combination of environmental factors and genetic predisposition. Certain risk factors are thought to increase a person’s chances of developing asthma. These include being a smoker, being overweight, having a family history of asthma, being exposed to secondhand smoke, and having a mother who smoked during pregnancy.

    Why do Asthma Symptoms Occur?

    Although asthma doesn’t go away, patients have periods of time in which symptoms are well managed and periods in which symptoms flare up. A symptom flare-up is referred to as an asthma attack. This may be triggered by a wide range of conditions, including allergies to pollen, dust mites, cockroaches, mold, or animal dander. Other asthma triggers include exercise, cold air, hot humid air, respiratory infections, medications such as aspirin, and even pregnancy. A person might suffer an asthma attack when he or she is exposed to certain irritants, such as cigarette smoke or air pollution. For other people, changes in barometric pressure are sufficient to trigger a flare-up of symptoms. Discovering a person’s asthma triggers is one step toward developing an effective asthma management plan.

    Allergy & Asthma Specialists is a first class medical practice that provides sophisticated asthma and allergy treatment in Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Philadelphia, Pottstown, Collegeville, Jenkintown, Doylestown, and Lansdale. Our medical services include extensive patient evaluation, diagnostic testing, and medical management, including immunotherapy. You can schedule an appointment with an asthma specialist by calling 1-800-86COUGH or visiting our website.