• A Look at Some Common Mold Allergy Symptoms

    Molds are microscopic organisms that thrive in moist, damp places. They are found in both indoor and outdoor environments. They are capable of growing wherever there is sufficient moisture and warmth. The most common indoor sites of mold growth are the basement walls and floors, window moldings, shower curtains, and bathroom walls, ceilings, and fixtures. Aspergillus and Penicillium molds are most prevalent in indoor environments. When mold grows in your home, the spores become airborne and cause serious respiratory problems, allergies, and asthma.

    The symptoms of mold allergies are very similar to those of seasonal allergies. The most common symptoms include sneezing, a runny or stuffy nose, a cough, a postnasal drip, itchy eyes, an itchy nose, an itchy throat, and watery eyes. These symptoms can range from mild to severe, and may differ from person to person. If you have asthma, your asthma symptoms can be triggered by exposure to mold spores, putting you at a higher risk of a severe asthma attack.

    If you think you’re suffering from mold allergies near Philadelphia, come see our allergy doctors at Allergy & Asthma Specialists. We can perform allergy testing to determine what triggers your symptoms, show you how to control mold in your home, and then provide customized allergy treatment options. To schedule an appointment at one of our many convenient locations, call us today at 1-800-86COUGH.

  • BREATHE Allergy and Asthma Conference 2016

    Elizabeth Bailey, MSN, CRNP, Program Director, and the staff of Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM will be presenting the sixth annual BREATHE Allergy and Asthma Conference on Friday, April 1, 2016 from 7:00 am – 3:30 pm at The Conference Center at Valley Forge located at 1485 Valley Forge Road in Phoenixville. (This is NOT the Valley Forge Convention Center/Casino).

    The conference is free and provides seven (7) continuing education credits to physicians and nurses. Breakfast and lunch will be served. The conference agenda will be posted to the website in mid-February. To preregister, e-mail name with professional title, address, and phone number to breatheconference@allergypc.com .

  • Alleviating Pollen Allergies

    Many people suffer from seasonal allergies, particularly pollen allergies. An allergy specialist near you can provide allergy testing to determine exactly what is triggering your allergy symptoms. He can then alleviate these symptoms with a customized allergy treatment plan that may include immunotherapy, such as SLIT or SCIT.

    If you’re in need of an allergy specialist near Philadelphia to help you manage your pollen allergies, come see us at Allergy & Asthma Specialists. We have convenient locations in Blue Bell, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Center City Philadelphia, Pottstown, Collegeville, and Lansdale, and offer a variety of safe, effective allergy treatments. To speak with one of our allergy doctors, call us today at 1-800-86COUGH.

  • Actions to Take If You Break Out in Hives

    Hives, also called urticaria, are an uncomfortable and dramatic reaction that the body has to an allergen, stress, or another trigger. Hives may itch, burn, or sting, and can appear anywhere on the body for a few hours or even a few days.

    Try to Identify Your Trigger

    Many different things can trigger a hive outbreak, and some people have more than one trigger. If you and your allergy specialist can identify the triggers of your hive outbreaks, you can avoid your triggers and reduce the number of outbreaks that you have. Some of the most common triggers are allergies to pollen, pet dander, and shellfish, and prolonged exposure to heat. Some less common triggers are exercise, stress, daylight, food additives, and cold temperatures.

    Monitor Your Hive Symptoms and Try At-Home Treatment

    Monitoring your hive symptoms will help you determine how long your outbreaks usually last, and which hive treatments are most effective. If you’re unable to visit an allergy specialist or you would rather try at-home hive treatments first, you can apply a cool compress to the affected skin, wear loose fitting clothing, spend time in a cool room, and take over-the-counter antihistamines. If your symptoms worsen or don’t improve, you’ll need to visit an allergy doctor.

    Visit an Allergy Doctor for Hive Treatment

    If your hives do not disappear after 24 hours, you should visit an allergy doctor for hive treatment. An allergy doctor can offer immunotherapy, which is a very effective allergy treatment for hives. He can also help you remain comfortable while you wait for your symptoms to subside.

    If you’re in need of hive treatment near Blue Bell, Philadelphia, or the surrounding areas, come see us at Allergy & Asthma Specialists. Our certified allergists and immunologists can perform allergy testing to identify your hive triggers, and then provide customized hive treatment at any of our convenient locations throughout Pennsylvania, including in Philadelphia, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville. To learn more about our allergy services, call us today at 1-800-86COUGH.

  • What Are the Risk Factors for Peanut Allergies?

    A peanut allergy is one of the most dangerous food allergies that a child can suffer from. If you’re concerned that your child may be at risk for a peanut allergy, you should visit an allergy doctor for allergy testing as soon as possible. Here is a look at some of the risk factors for peanut allergies.

    Your Child’s Age

    Most food allergies, particularly peanut allergies, often present at a very young age, are more likely to develop as a baby or toddler. However, as a child with food allergies ages, his digestive system matures, and he might stop exhibiting symptoms of a food allergy or peanut allergy. About 20% of children with a peanut allergy eventually outgrow it. In most cases, however, a child with a peanut allergy will continue to suffer from the allergy as an adult.

    Other Food Allergies or Nut Allergies

    If your child has other food allergies, he might be at an increased risk of developing a peanut allergy. If your child has asthma, seasonal allergies, or atopic dermatitis, he may also be more likely to develop a peanut allergy. Nut allergies are also a risk factor for peanut allergies. Around 25 to 40% of people who suffer from a peanut allergy also suffer from a tree nut allergy, such as pecans, cashews, almonds, and walnuts.

    A Family History of Food Allergies

    If food allergies are common in your family, your child might be more likely to suffer from a food allergy or peanut allergy. There is a slight risk of developing a peanut allergy if you have a family history of seasonal allergies, hay fever, or asthma. Additionally, if one of your children has been diagnosed with a peanut allergy, his siblings have a 7% chance of developing the allergy themselves.

    At Allergy & Asthma Specialists, our board certified allergists and immunologists offer allergy testing and allergy treatment near Philadelphia at each of our many convenient locations. Our allergy doctors have extensive experience in diagnosing food allergies, drug allergies, mold allergies, and other allergic reactions. To make an appointment for allergy testing at one of our locations near Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania, call us today at 1-800-86COUGH, option 2.