• Giving to Those Who Gave Campaign 2017

    Join us this holiday season in supporting the needy families of veterans and active service members. There are several area families that are at risk for food, basic living essentials and children’s holiday toys. We are accepting cash donations or gift cards to Giant, Wawa, Target or Walmart to buy food and essentials. Call the office at 610-825-5800, extension 6 to make a cash donation. If you would like to purchase any of the items below and drop it at our Blue Bell office, please let Barbara know at bsmith@allergypc.com. Contributions are due by December 11. Thank you for your support.

    The Veteran’s Families Christmas Wish List

    Family 1

    Male Vet

    Child 1 Boy 8-10 (size 3 shoes, size medium youth clothing) likes sports

    Child 2 Boy age 6 (size 6 clothing, size 12 shoe) loves art supplies

    Child 3 Boy (newborn male) happy with anything or a babies r us gift card

    Family 2

    Male Vet

    Child 1 Girl 5yr old – size 5T – 5 yr old appropriate toys

    Family 3

    Mom – NBA 2K18 xBox one

    Child 1 Girl 4 yr old -shirts, pants 4T,

    Disney’s Minnie walk and play puppy

    Baby alive baby go bye bye doll

    Graco room full of fun baby doll play set

    Dress up clothes

    Family 4

    Mom 37 – gift cards for food & clothes

    Child 1 Girl 9 yr old shirt M, pant 10 shoes 3 ½ (nike sneakers)

    Big Doll

    Project MC Square

    Child 2 Girl 9 yr old shirt L, pant 12 shoes 5 (nike sneakers)

    Mermaid Tail

    Cooking set

    Hoverboard

    Morph

    Big Doll

    Child 3 Boy 7yr shirt M, pant 10

    Nerf Gun

    Lego set

    Pie Face

    ??? trucks

    Child 4 Girl 18 yr Women’s XL pants 18

    Gift cards for clothes

    Child 5 boy- 9 month Baby clothes/shoes and Baby toys

    Family 5

    Mom Vet 24 gas/grocery cards

    Child 1 Girl 10mo 24 m clothing sz 4/5 shoe

    Learning games

    Size 4/5 diapers (Huggies lil movers/papers baby dry

    Wipes (Huggies green tea and cucumber)

    Family 6

    88 yr old Vet & wife Toaster Oven

    Food & gas gift cards

    Family 7 –

    Wife needs a Crock Pot

    16 yr old Boy – clothes (30/34 pants, M Shirts)

    Winter Coat

    Socks

    PS 4 games

    Likes Military things

    15 yr old Girl – S shirts/leggings, Size 3 jeans

    Outdoor stuff

    Artsy things

    Kohl’s gift Card

    Family 8 – 15 Veterans in group homes to prevent homelessness

    Hygiene products, clothing, and non perishable food is always needed.

    PRODUCTS

    CLOTHING

    All sizes

    FOOD

    HOUSEHOLD

    Deodorant

    Men’s

    Can Goods

    Clean Bedding Full/Queen

    Shampoo

    Socks

    Cereal

    Blankets / Pillows

    Conditioner

    Underwear

    Pasta

    Towels

    Bar Soap

    Under shirts

    Sauce

    Computers

    Body Wash

    Long Johns

    Condiments

    Games

    Toothpaste

    Casual Cloths

    Pots and Pans

    Toothbrush

    Sweat pants/shirts

    All sizes

    TV, DVD player

    Combs

    DVD’s

    Powder

    Small appliances

    Q-Tips

    Toilet Paper

  • Allergy-Free Play Dough Ideas

    Dealing with any allergy in children can be a challenge, and many parents find that managing food allergies in kids is particularly troublesome. One reason for this is that there are at least trace amounts of common food allergens in many of the processed foods that line the country’s grocery store shelves. Another hurdle for parents it that, for some individuals, simply coming into contact with a food allergen can be enough to trigger symptoms. For this reason, if your child was recently diagnosed with food allergies by her allergy doctor, then it’s important to be vigilant about what your child both touches and eats.

    Play-Doh and Wheat Allergies

    The exact ingredients in the popular modeling toy called Play-Doh are proprietary, but the Hasbro Company does warn parents that their Play-Doh products contain wheat. For this reason, it may be a smart idea to keep this toy out of the hands of a child who has a wheat allergy or sensitivity. If your kid is a fan of Play-Doh, then don’t worry, because there are alternatives for you to try. The following are some allergy-free play dough ideas from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology:

    Cornstarch Play Dough

    • Cornstarch
    • Baking soda
    • Water
    • Oil
    • Food coloring

    Edible Play Dough

    • Powdered sugar
    • Corn syrup
    • Margarine
    • Vanilla
    • Salt
    • Food coloring

    Rice Play Dough

    • Rice flour
    • Salt
    • Cream of tartar
    • Water
    • Oil
    • Vanilla extract
    • Food coloring or sparkles

    Before using any of these recipes, it’s important for parents to carefully review all ingredients and ingredient labels to ensure that they meet all allergy safety criteria for their child. You can find the complete recipes for these allergy-free play doughs by clicking here.

    The team of board-certified asthma doctors and allergists at Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM offer food allergy testing in Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania. You can schedule your appointment by visiting us online or calling 1(800)86-COUGH.

  • How Weather Affects Pollen Counts

    As an allergy sufferer, you may already realize that various factors can affect your symptoms day-to-day. For example, if you’re receiving allergy treatment because of a pollen allergy, then you’re probably aware of the impact that the seasons can have on your local pollen count. What you may not realize, however, is the role that the weather can have on the pollen count and your allergies.

    Pollen can cause the most trouble for allergy sufferers on days when the weather is dry and windy because it can remain airborne and travel long distances. When the weather is rainy, on the other hand, pollen in the air gets captured by the water droplets. For this reason, your local pollen count is likely to be lower on rainy days than on dry, windy ones.

    If you’re looking for relief from your seasonal allergies, then consider seeing allergists at Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM , where state-of-the-art allergy treatment is provided. To schedule your appointment with one of our allergy doctors in Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, or Collegeville, Pennsylvania, call 1(800)86-COUGH today.

  • What’s the Connection Between Asthma and Osteoporosis?

    Asthma medications can be life-saving, but they may also have effects that impact other areas of your health. If you’re receiving asthma treatment, then read on to learn about the link between your condition and osteoporosis.

    Asthma Treatment

    If you suffer from asthma, then your doctor may have prescribed an oral corticosteroid to address your symptoms. While these anti-inflammatory medications can help prevent and manage airway inflammation caused by asthma, they are also associated with several side effects, including osteoporosis. For this reason, being aware of the risk factors and preventive measures for osteoporosis can be particularly important for asthma patients who are on oral corticosteroids.

    Osteoporosis Risk

    Age and menopause are two of the most notable osteoporosis risk factors. Having low bone mass, low body weight, or a family history of osteoporosis also increases your risk for this condition. Caucasians and Asians are more likely to develop osteoporosis, and excessive alcohol consumption, cigarette smoking, being female, and leading a sedentary lifestyle are also risk factors. Additionally, there are medications besides corticosteroids that can increase your risk for osteoporosis, such as diuretics, anticonvulsants, thyroid medicines, gonadotrophin-releasing hormone agonists, aromatase inhibitors, and some blood thinners. If you fall into any of these categories or take any of these medications, then you may have a greater risk for developing osteoporosis.

    Osteoporosis Prevention

    To help protect yourself from osteoporosis, there are several steps that you can take. First, speak with your doctor to learn how much calcium you need to help ward off osteoporosis. It is also important for you to monitor your levels of vitamin D, which can affect how well your body absorbs calcium. Finally, avoid smoking, drink alcohol only in moderation, stay active, and incorporate strength training and weight-bearing exercise into your fitness routine.

    The allergists and asthma doctors at Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM specialize in providing state of the art and comprehensive allergy and asthma treatment serving Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania. To schedule your visit, please call 1(800)86-COUGH.