• Beverage Safety Tips for People with Food Allergies

    Today, many people have an awareness of what they eat and strive to avoid foods that cause them allergy issues. However, if your allergy doctor has diagnosed you with food sensitivities or allergies, then it’s also important to remain vigilant about beverages.

    When going out for drinks or food at a restaurant, it’s important to be aware of the ingredients in your beverage when your order. Piña coladas, for example, can contain milk and may cause symptoms for people who are allergic to dairy. Another potential problem to be aware of is the consumption of sulfites. Found in many beers, wines, ciders, and drink mixes, sulfites can aggravate asthma and allergies in sensitive individuals.

    If you’re wondering if you suffer from food allergies, then call the allergy specialists at Allergy & Asthma Specialists℠ today at 1(800)86-COUGH. Our allergy doctors specialize in treating and testing for food allergies in Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Philadelphia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville.

  • Enjoying Your Garden Despite Your Allergies

    A common source of frustration for gardeners is the inability to enjoy their time outdoors due to allergies. Besides speaking with an allergist and seeking allergy treatment, there are several steps that you can take to make your time in the garden more pleasant.

    Wait for allergy-friendly weather.

    Your local climate can have a significant impact on your outdoor allergy symptoms. On days that are warm, windy, and dry, you’re more likely to be affected by dust and pollen. When it comes to working in your garden, it’s best to take advantage of rainy days by heading outside a few hours after a storm or the following day.

    Put on protective clothing.

    Wearing the right gear can help you manage your outdoor allergy symptoms. Weather permitting, choose clothing that covers your arms and legs to prevent additional contact with allergens that may cause skin reactions. Also, wear sunglasses and avoid touching your face to help keep pollen out of your eyes.

    Choose less aggravating plants.

    If you’re looking for ways to better enjoy your time in the yard, then consider planting an allergy-friendly garden. Certain plant and flower species are less aggravating to people than others. Examples of flowers that can be a good choice for allergy sufferers include iris, hibiscus, tulip, snapdragon, geranium, dahlia, and daisy. There are also plants that you should consider eliminating from your garden. Some trees that frequently cause allergy symptoms include cottonwood, oak, cedar, ash, and maple. Additionally, certain grasses, such as rye, Johnson, and Timothy, are highly allergenic and should be avoided.

    Take advantage of allergy testing.

    Knowing precisely what you’re allergic to is the best way to make your time outside more enjoyable. When you know what trees, flowers, and grasses are triggering your symptoms, you’ll be able to take steps to remove or otherwise manage your allergy triggers.

    If you’re tired of suffering from your symptoms, then call Allergy & Asthma Specialists℠ at 1(800)86-COUGH. Our allergy doctors offer allergy testing serving Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania.

  • Allergies Can Make it Hard to Get Good Grades

    Allergies account for millions of missed school and work days. Studies show that students with untreated allergies have significantly lower learning scores than their classmates without allergies. Over the counter medication often makes the allergy sufferer feel worse, often too groggy to concentrate at school or work.

    Fall is such a busy time. Students are getting back to school are gearing up for an industrious school year after the lazy days of summer. Then the dreaded ragweed allergy takes them down.

    Ragweed season begins in mid-August, peaks in September and October and does not subside until a hard frost kills the ragweed, typically in early November in the Philadelphia area.

    One ragweed plant can produce 1 million granules of pollen each day that travel in the wind for hours, peaking in urban areas in the afternoon. Ragweed pollen has been found 10 miles out to sea.

    An effective ragweed allergy treatment plan can be different for each patient. Some patients get good control with antihistamines, while most patients get good success with nasal steroid sprays. For patients still in need of relief, immunotherapy becomes necessary.

    The board certified allergists of Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM are experts in diagnosing ragweed allergies and offer all three types of immunotherapy at offices located in Center City Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Schedule an appointment today online at www.AllergyandAsthmaWellness.com or by calling 1-800-86COUGH, ext 2.

  • What to Know About Drug Allergies

    People frequently visit an allergy doctor for food or seasonal allergy treatment, but drugs are another potential allergen of which many are unaware. While the bottles in your medicine cabinet are marked with plenty of warnings, that can’t tell you if your body will respond to their ingredients with an allergic reaction.

    Watch this video to learn more about drug allergies. The symptoms of an allergic reaction to a drug can be mild, like a rash, or life-threatening, such as swelling of the throat. In the case of a severe reaction, head to the emergency room or call 911.

    If you suspect a drug allergy, schedule an appointment with the fellowship trained, board certified allergists/immunologists Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM . Allergy doctors at this premier medical practice provide comprehensive drug allergy testing at offices located in center city Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Schedule an appointment today online at www.AllergyandAsthmaWellness.com or by calling 1-800-86COUGH, ext 2.