• Could You Be Suffering from Oral Allergy Syndrome?

    Have you ever felt as if your throat were raw or sore after eating? If so, there’s a possibility that you might have a condition known as oral allergy syndrome. If you suspect that you have any of the symptoms of an allergy, it’s important to consult a board certified allergist. Here is what you need to know about oral allergy syndrome—and how you can tell if you might have it.

    What is oral allergy syndrome?
    Oral allergy syndrome is a condition characterized by an immune reaction to the proteins in certain foods, or in pollen. It is most frequently found in older children, teenagers, and younger adults. People who already have allergic reactions to pollen are more likely to be diagnosed with oral allergy syndrome.

    What foods can trigger oral allergy syndrome?
    The types of foods that can cause allergic reactions differ depending on what type of pollen a person is allergic to. Individuals who have a ragweed allergy may also be allergic to bananas, zucchini, and sunflower seeds, while people with an allergy to grass may react badly to peaches, melons, or tomatoes. Finally, those who are allergic to birch pollen may have allergic reactions to foods such as celery, carrots, and almonds.

    How is oral allergy syndrome treated?
    For many people, the best option is to avoid trigger foods as much as possible. In many cases, cooking the foods will stop them from acting as allergens, as the heat affects the proteins. The physicians of Allergy & Asthma Specialists can evaluate and test you for oral allergy syndrome and advise you as to how you can best treat the condition.

    If you believe that you may have undiagnosed allergies that are affecting your life, Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM can help. Offices are located in Center City Philadelphia, Doylestown, Lansdale, King of Prussia, Blue Bell, Jenkintown, Collegeville, and Pottstown. Schedule an appointment online at our website or call 800-86COUGH, extension 2.

  • Understanding the Differences Between Types of Nuts

    While many people think of peanuts and tree nuts as being similar foods, they are actually very different. In fact, the peanut is more closely related to the pea than it is to any type of nut that grows on a tree. If you have a nut allergy, it’s important to understand the differences between the various types of nuts. In this video, Bruce Lanser, M.D., of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology talks about some of these differences.

    Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM provides state-of-the-art allergy treatments to patients who are living with food allergies in Blue Bell, Jenkintown, Lansdale, Pottstown, Collegeville, Doylestown, King of Prussia, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. If you would like to learn more about the treatments we offer, call 1(800)86-COUGH, option 2.

  • Exploring the Link Between Immune Deficiency and Allergic Rhinitis

    An immune deficiency is a type of disorder that is characterized by having a chronically weakened immune system, which makes it harder for you to fight off bacterial and viral infections. If you have allergic rhinitis, it’s important to understand that many of the symptoms of your allergies may also be indicative of an immune deficiency. In particular, if you suffer from multiple ear infections in a year, have experienced successful bouts of pneumonia, or have trouble resolving a bacterial infection using antibiotics, you may have an undiagnosed immune deficiency. If you are concerned that you may suffer from an immune deficiency, you should see an allergist right away for a professional diagnosis.

    At Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM, our board-certified allergists have extensive training in treating patients who have immune deficiencies . To schedule an appointment with one of our specialists in Lansdale, Collegeville, Blue Bell, Pottstown, Doylestown, Jenkintown, Philadelphia, or King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, call 1(800)86-COUGH, option 2.

  • Get the Facts about Cough-Variant Asthma

    If a person experiences any of the common symptoms of asthma—such as shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, or wheezing—they should obtain a professional asthma screening as soon as possible. It’s important to understand, however, that not all types of asthma are the same. Cough-variant asthma is a form of asthma that is characterized primarily by chronic coughing. Here are some facts you should know about this type of asthma.

    What is cough-variant asthma?

    People who have cough-variant asthma suffer from a dry cough. Unlike the coughing that is associated with many upper respiratory infections, dry coughing doesn’t produce any mucus. It is simply a hacking cough that may leave your throat feeling irritated and sore. For many people with cough-variant asthma, coughing is the only noticeable symptom.

    What triggers cough-variant asthma?

    Cough-variant asthma may be brought on by typical asthma triggers such as cold, dry air or pollen. Many people find that they experience severe dry coughing when they exercise. It’s also very common to experience the coughing at night.

    Can cough-variant asthma lead to classic asthma?

    In many cases, people who have cough-variant asthma do go on to exhibit other asthma symptoms. Cough-variant asthma has also been linked to allergic rhinitis and other respiratory disorders.

    Who is most likely to get cough-variant asthma?

    While cough-variant asthma can happen to anybody, children are most vulnerable to it. Since many children go on to develop classic asthma, it’s important to be alert to the early symptoms. If your child has a chronic dry cough, you should speak with an asthma specialist.

    If you’re struggling to cope with your asthma, contact the team at Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM . Our practice serves people who are living with allergies and asthma in Lansdale, Collegeville, Pottstown, Jenkintown, Doylestown, King of Prussia, Blue Bell, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. To schedule an appointment, call 1(800)86-COUGH, option 2.