• Can People with Egg Allergies Still Receive Vaccines?

    Vaccines are generally considered to be extremely beneficial, considering the role they play in protecting us against dangerous diseases. For people who have egg allergies, however, the issue may not seem as clear-cut. Some vaccines, such as the flu vaccine, may contain a small amount of egg protein. Are they safe for people who have an egg allergy? Your allergy doctor will be able to give you advice that is specific to your case, but this general information may also help.

    How do I know if I have an egg allergy?

    If a person shows a pattern of allergic reactions to foods that contain eggs, he or she should see an allergist for a professional diagnosis. Egg allergies can range from mild to severe, but all of them are diagnosed in the same way—by undergoing blood or skin testing to look for the presence of antibodies after exposure to eggs.

    Do people with egg allergies need to worry about vaccines that contain egg?

    The amount of egg protein used in vaccines is usually very small, and the risk is often outweighed by the positive effects of getting the vaccine. However, you should ask your allergy doctor if you need to be concerned about receiving any specific vaccines if you have been diagnosed with an egg allergy.

    Which vaccines are most likely to contain egg?

    The measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), yellow fever, and flu vaccines are the most common vaccines that may contain egg protein. The MMR vaccine is considered to be safe for most patients. In some cases, people who experience hives when exposed to eggs may need to get a special type of flu shot. The yellow fever vaccine is the most likely of these vaccines to cause a reaction. Usually, doctors recommend avoiding the vaccine or only getting it under medical supervision.

    At Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM , we offer extensive treatment options for people with food allergies and can help you safely and effectively manage your risk factors and symptoms. Take control of your allergies today by making an appointment with an allergy specialist in Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, or Collegeville, Pennsylvania. To get started, call 1(800)86-COUGH, option 2 or schedule online at www.AllergyandAsthmaWellness.com.

  • Giving Back to Veterans in Need

    In the past few days, Barbara Smith, the administrative assistant for A&AS has crisscrossed the area delivering much need gifts and supplies to the area’s veterans and their families in need.

    A GREAT BIG THANK YOU TO OUR PATIENTS FOR MAKING THESE DONATIONS POSSIBLE! A&AS would also like to thank the COLBROOKDALE POLICE DEPARTMENT SHOP WITH A COP program who donated a significant supply of goods and gifts.

    Donations at the first stop included baby supplies, toiletries, toys and food gift certificates for two homeless veterans and their children.

    At the next visit, Barbara delivered toiletries and gifts to 4 families of women vets with 7 children in total struggling to stay in their homes.

    The third delivery was to a disabled veteran and his wife and 2 children. They received toiletries, a PS4 game and art supplies for the children and a selection of gift cards.

    At the fourth visit, Barbara delivered gifts to an 88-year-old Korean War veteran and his wife. They received a new toaster oven, new bedding and pillows, toiletries and assorted gift cards.

    She next visited the Horsham Naval base to meet with the group that assists Air National Guard families in need. There she donated to 3 families with 7 children clothing, holiday gifts for the children, baby supplies, toiletries and gift cards to each family.

    At the final stop, an SUV full of donations went to the main house of Support Homeless Veterans, Inc near Temple campus. With the help of residents, Anthony Brown and Anthony Miller (pictured with Barbara), boxes of toiletries, kitchen supplies, clothing including winter coats, towels, and gifts were unloaded.

  • Is Your Asthma Under Control?

    How can you tell if your asthma is uncontrolled? As an experienced allergist explains in this video from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, you can determine whether you need to see an allergist about your asthma by using the “rule of two.” If you’re needing to use your rescue inhaler more than twice a week—and not when you’re exercising or otherwise physically exerting yourself—or if you find yourself waking up in the night as a result of your asthma, it’s time to contact an allergist.

    Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM works to provide all of our patients with the capable care and effective asthma treatment they deserve. If you’d like to learn more about our services, call 1(800)86-COUGH to reach one of our locations near Collegeville, Pottstown, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Blue Bell, Lansdale, Philadelphia, and Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

  • Avoiding Allergy Triggers While Housecleaning

    If you have allergies, it’s important for you to find effective ways to prevent your symptoms from being triggered while you’re cleaning your home. Avoid using commercial cleaners that use harsh chemicals such as ammonia or formaldehyde. Instead, opt for non-toxic cleaners such as mixtures that use baking soda and vinegar. To reduce the amount of dust in your home—and make cleaning less symptomatic—make it a goal to keep clutter off your floors, wipe down counter surfaces, vacuum your carpets weekly, and change blankets, throw rugs, and bed linen as frequently as possible.

    Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM provides state-of-the-art allergy testing and treatment for the entire family. Our goal is to help you find relief from your symptoms so you can get back to enjoying your life again. To set up a consultation, call 1(800)86-COUGH, extension 2. We have conveniently located offices in Blue Bell, Lansdale, Philadelphia, Jenkintown, Pottstown, King of Prussia, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania.