• Avoiding Food Allergy Bullying

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    If your child suffers from a severe food allergy, such as a peanut allergy, he may be subjected to bullying at school. Bullying typically occurs because children do not understand how serious food allergies and their symptoms can be.

    Watch this video for more tips on how children can avoid bullying over food allergies and peanut allergies. If you explain to children the facts about food allergies, and that exposure to the allergen can cause hives, respiratory problems, anaphylaxis, and even death, your child may not suffer from further bullying.

    If your child is in need of an allergist near King of Prussia, Philadelphia, Blue Bell, Lansdale, come see us at Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM . Our allergy doctors specialize in food allergies and high risk food challenges. To schedule an appointment, call us today at (800) 86-COUGH option2.

  • Allergic Asthma: Surprise Triggers You Need to Know

    If you have seasonal or environmental allergies, certain triggers can make your asthma symptoms much worse. An allergy doctor or asthma doctor can help you identify your triggers so that you can avoid them and reduce your risk of symptoms. Here are some surprise allergy triggers that allergists want you to be aware of.

    Air Fresheners and Scented Candles

    Air fresheners that spray or release scents into the air can trigger asthma attacks and allergies. Air fresheners that use heated, scented oils are particularly problematic. Scented candles can also irritate your nose and throat and cause sneezing, wheezing, and other respiratory problems. Allergy specialists and asthma specialists recommend that you avoid contact with strong, heavy fragrances, especially ones that are aerated.

    Swimming Pool Chemicals

    The chemicals in your swimming pool can cause various reactions. Many people are sensitive to chlorine, and may develop eczema, atopic sinus infections, or hives after spending too much time in the pool. Chlorine sensitivity is not considered a true allergy, but it can increase your risk of developing secondary allergy or asthma symptoms. If you break out in hives after swimming, avoid prolonged periods in the pool, particularly right after chlorine is added.

    Paint and Remodeling Materials

    During the summer, many people choose to remodel their homes. Unfortunately, allergy doctors have determined that fumes from household paint, paint thinner, varnishes, primer, and other products can trigger asthma and allergy attacks. Other remodeling materials, like plaster, drywall, manufactured wood, vinyl floors, and wallpaper can also trigger asthma and allergies. Ask your asthma doctor about allergy shots or immunotherapy to protect your health.

    If you’re in need of allergy treatment or asthma treatment near King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Collegeville, Philadelphia, Blue Bell, Lansdale, come see us at Allergy & Asthma Specialists, SM . To learn more about our services, call us today at (800) 86-COUGH.

  • A Look at Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis

    Seasonal allergic rhinitis is an allergic reaction to seasonal environmental allergens such as dust, pollen, and dander. When you are exposed to these allergens, your body attacks them by producing excess amounts of histamine. The symptoms of allergic rhinitis may include an itchy nose and eyes, sneezing, a stuffy nose, a runny nose, mucus in the throat, postnasal drip and asthma.

    Seasonal allergic rhinitis is also sometimes called hay fever, and it typically flares up in the spring and fall. Most people who suffer from seasonal allergic rhinitis are allergic to pollen, grasses, weeds, and trees. An allergy doctor or allergist can identify the exact cause of your allergy symptoms by performing allergy skin testing. After allergy skin testing, your allergy specialist can recommend immunotherapy or allergy shots in the form of allergy shots, drops or tablets to slowly reduce or completely eliminate the symptoms of seasonal allergic rhinitis.

    If you suffer from seasonal allergic rhinitis near Philadelphia, come see our allergy doctors at Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM . Our allergy specialists can provide you with safe, effective allergy treatments that will improve your life and reduce your allergic rhinitis symptoms. Schedule an appointment at one of our 8 locations in Philadelphia, Blue Bell, Pottstown, Jenkintown, King of Prussia, Collegeville, Doylestown and Lansdale by calling 1-800-86COUGH, option 2.