• Identifying Common Household Asthma Triggers

    For asthma sufferers, triggers can be anywhere. Identifying what triggers your symptoms will help you and your asthma specialist make treatment decisions to keep your condition under control. A surprising number of asthma triggers can lurk inside your home, and by controlling your exposure to them, you can reduce the number and severity of the symptoms you experience. Here are some common triggers that could be in your home right now.

    Secondhand Smoke

    One of the most dangerous triggers for people with asthma is smoke. Secondhand smoke is extremely aggravating and can not only intensify symptoms like wheezing but can also lead to an asthma attack. Don’t allow anyone to smoke in your home, ever. Anyone who lives in the household who smokes should do so outside or talk to his or her doctor about quitting. Other types of smoke, such as that generated by wood fires, can also trigger asthma symptoms, so avoid wood burning fireplaces.

    Scented Products

    Anything that contains scent can be problematic for people who have asthma. This can include things like scented candles, hand soaps, laundry detergent, and cleaning products. When you choose room deodorizers and cleaning products, pick unscented varieties. Some people with asthma are able to tolerate certain scented products or only react to specific scents. If you know which products work and which don’t, then you can choose accordingly if you prefer to use products with scents.


    Dust is a major contributor to asthma symptoms. Vacuum rugs and upholstered furniture regularly, or even better, remove carpeting and have hardwood floors instead. Wood furniture and other surfaces should be dusted at least weekly. Dust can also be trapped in your HVAC system and circulated throughout the home. Change air filters regularly to reduce the amount of dust in your indoor air.


    Molds can trigger asthma. Molds are microscopic organisms that thrive in moist, damp places. The most common indoor sites of mold growth are bathroom walls and shower curtains, window moldings, basements and carpets.

    Let an asthma specialist at Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM help you get better control of your symptoms by identifying your triggers and learning environmental control measures for alleviating those triggers. Making an appointment is easy. Please visit us online or call 1(800) 86-COUGH to make an appointment with an asthma doctor in Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, or Collegeville, Pennsylvania.

  • How Allergens Affect Your Body

    Everyone is familiar with allergies, but most people don’t really know how allergens cause the reactions that they do. When you see an allergy doctor, he or she provides treatment that stops the way your body reacts to an allergen. Watch this video to learn more.

    When you have an allergy, your body sees the allergen as an invader that must be neutralized to protect your health. Among the substances released by the immune system to deal with the allergen is histamine, which can cause runny eyes and nose, atopic dermatitis, and other symptoms. For this reason, antihistamines are a popular allergy treatment.

    Don’t let your allergen stop you from enjoying life. Get the treatment you need at Allergy & Asthma Specialists℠. Find an allergy doctor across the area in Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Philadelphia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, or Collegeville, by visiting www.AllergyandAsthmaWellness.com or calling Allergy & Asthma Specialists℠ at 1-800-86COUGH, extension 2.

  • Retirement of Doctors William Spiegel and Stanley Forman

    The physicians and staff of A&AS celebrated the retirement of Doctors William Spiegel and Stanley Forman. It is a bittersweet good-bye to Dr Bill and Dr Forman who will be retiring in June. The practice honored them both with a retirement dinner featuring accolades and reminiscences from the staff. They were gifted with presidential brass clocks inscribed with their names, the A&AS logo and a message of the practice’s deep gratitude and appreciation of their service and care of patients. We will miss them more than words can say.

  • What Are the Symptoms of a Wheat Allergy?

    Wheat allergies are not common. When many people think of wheat allergies, they think of gluten allergies. Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat, and when people are sensitive to it, they develop celiac disease. Celiac disease can cause symptoms similar to an allergic reaction, but it is not the same thing as a wheat allergy. Your allergy doctor will determine if you have a true wheat allergy or if you could have celiac disease.

    The symptoms of wheat allergies are similar to those of other food allergies. They include digestive symptoms, itching, swelling in the mouth, hives, and headache. Wheat allergies can also cause anaphylaxis, a serious allergic reaction that causes breathing difficulties, chest tightness, and a fast heartbeat. Anaphylaxis requires immediate emergency treatment. The most effective allergy treatment for wheat allergies is usually avoiding wheat or undergoing immunotherapy.

    Get solutions to your allergy symptoms by scheduling a consultation at Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM . To see an allergy doctor near Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, or Collegeville, please visit 86cough.com or call 1-800-86COUGH, extension 2.

  • Spotlight on Eczema in Children

    Eczema can occur into adulthood, but it typically begins during childhood. About 10% of babies have some form of eczema. In some cases, they don’t experience any symptoms as they age, and in other instances, eczema can turn into a frequently troubling condition that requires careful management. If your child has eczema, it is important to work with an allergy doctor to get an accurate diagnosis and the best possible treatments. If your little one is dealing with eczema, here is what you need to know.

    What exactly is eczema?

    Eczema is a general term that refers to a number of different kinds of skin irritations. There are 11 different types of eczema, from atopic dermatitis to fungal infections, lichen simplex chronicus, and allergic contact dermatitis. The first step in your child’s treatment will be allowing an allergy doctor to determine what kind of eczema he or she has. Not all types of eczema are caused by an allergic reaction, so your child’s allergist may refer you to a dermatologist for treatment in some cases.

    What triggers eczema?

    The exact way that eczema occurs is not yet understood. Most doctors believe that it occurs because of an immune reaction in which the body attacks a specific trigger. For instance, allergic contact dermatitis may occur when the body reacts to exposure to poison ivy. Eczema that persists is usually associated with an allergic reaction or autoimmune response.

    What are the symptoms?

    Generally, eczema causes a red rash and itching. Different forms of eczema cause different types of rashes. In some cases, the rash may be flat, while in other instances, it may be raised and include weeping blisters. The kind of rash your child has will help his or her allergy doctor make a diagnosis and determine the best treatment approach.

    Help with your child’s eczema is available from Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM . To make an appointment with an allergy doctor in Doylestown, Philadelphia, King of Prussia, Bluebell, Lansdale, Jenkintown, Pottstown, or Collegeville, dial (800) 86-COUGH, extension 2, or visit our website.

  • 7th Annual Breathe Allergy and Asthma Conference

    A&AS Educational Foundation presented the Seventh Annual Breathe Allergy and Asthma Conference for physicians and nurses on March 31, 2017 at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Malvern. Over 100 participants attended. Elizabeth Bailey, MSN, CRNP, the program director, organized lectures and workshops that focused on the most advanced treatments for allergies and asthma. Continuing education credits were granted to all attendees. Comments by attendees are: “Changes I will make in my practice are I will take my learned technique to share with fellow workers to explain the correct way to teach Epi-pens & inhaler use.” And how this activity will improve their patients experience because: “Increased my knowledge & ability to counsel parents, increased knowledge of allergies & asthma,” “I will better be able to explain & educate my clients regarding their diagnosis & treatment options.”

    Special thanks to Ron Dlutz for photographs of the event!