• Symptoms of an Allergic Reaction to Medication

    When you visit a hospital or doctor’s office, you will probably be asked if you have any drug allergies, or allergies to any medications. This is an important question, because medications that do cause you to have an allergic reaction can pose a dangerous situation in your treatment with a wide range of potential symptoms.

    Like other allergies, there is a risk of anaphylaxis in severe cases. This is a life-threatening reaction that can cause difficulty breathing and severe inflammation. Drug allergies may also cause symptoms such as:

    • Hives, which are usually accompanied by itching.
    • A sudden drop in blood pressure.
    • Wheezing or coughing.

    Usually the symptoms of an allergic reaction to medication will occur suddenly and should be managed with emergency care.

    If you have experienced a medication allergy, you should work with an allergy doctor to manage this allergic reaction and understand your treatment alternatives. Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM can provide complete allergy care with patient education from our compassionate providers serving Blue Bell, Lansdale, Philadelphia, Jenkintown, Pottstown, King of Prussia, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania. You can reach us online or at 1(800)86-COUGH.

  • Understanding Your Asthma Medications

    Your asthma doctor may prescribe two types of medications for you. You can learn more about these asthma treatments when you watch the featured video. The first is a rescue medication. It’s taken when you experience asthma symptoms, such as shortness of breath, coughing, or tightness in the chest.

    You may also be prescribed a controller medication, which is intended to prevent symptoms. You’ll take your controller medication every day, regardless of whether you experience symptoms or not. Consistent use is essential for managing the inflammation of the lungs.

     

    Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM provides complete diagnostic services and treatments for patients with asthma in Blue Bell, Center City, Lansdale, Philadelphia, Jenkintown, Pottstown, King of Prussia, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Call 1(800)86-COUGH to request an appointment with a board-certified asthma doctor.

  • Quitting Smoking When Your Child Has Asthma

    Smoking is one of the worst things you can do to your health. And if you’re a parent, it’s one of the worst things you can do to your child’s health. Cigarettes are deadly, and there’s no better time than right now to quit smoking. Quitting will help your child get his or her asthma symptoms under control, and it will benefit your own health as well.

     

    How Cigarettes Harm Your Child

    Even if your child never tries a cigarette, he or she is susceptible to health risks from secondhand and thirdhand smoke. Exposure to tobacco smoke and residue is linked to more frequent and severe asthma attacks. It can be more difficult for your child to control asthma symptoms, and your child may not respond as well to medications. Not only is tobacco a trigger of asthma attacks, but exposure to smoke is also linked to the development of asthma. Babies of smokers are more likely to be diagnosed with asthma in childhood.

     

    Why It’s Impossible to “Control” Cigarette Smoke

    Some smokers may think that they can adequately protect their kids by only smoking outdoors. But unfortunately, it’s impossible to control where cigarette smoke goes. When you open the door to go back inside, the smoke will follow you. It will get in through windows and drafty areas. There is also a danger of thirdhand smoke, which is the residue left on objects from tobacco smoke. This residue is found on smokers’ clothes, furniture, car upholstery, and anything else exposed to cigarette smoke. Thirdhand residue can be just as dangerous for a person’s health as secondhand smoke.

     

    How You Can Overcome Nicotine Addiction

    Quitting cigarettes is never easy, but it will be one of the most important and rewarding things you can do for your family. Start by talking to your doctor to find out about your medical treatment options. Try as many different cessation methods as it takes to finally quit. And never give up—most smokers require multiple attempts to quit for good.

     

    The board-certified allergists and asthma doctors at Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM can help you and your child understand the asthma treatment options. We provide compassionate care and patient education for individuals of all ages. Call 1(800)86-COUGH to speak with a friendly staff member at our locations in Blue Bell, Center City, Lansdale, Philadelphia, Jenkintown, Pottstown, King of Prussia, or Collegeville, Pennsylvania.

  • Get the Answers to Your Questions About Food SLIT

    SLIT is an acronym for sublingual immunotherapy. It’s one of the treatment options that your allergy doctor may recommend if you have certain allergies. SLIT introduces very tiny amounts of an allergen to your body. Over time, it can reduce allergic reactions to the substance. SLIT should only be performed by a qualified medical provider. If you have allergies, do not intentionally expose yourself to your allergen, as there may be a risk of a life-threatening reaction.

     

    Which allergens can SLIT address?

    Currently, sublingual immunotherapy has limited approved uses. Allergy doctors can administer SLIT for patients with peanut allergies. This treatment is also approved for patients with allergies to dust mites, grass, ragweed, tree pollen, and cat dander.

     

    Is food SLIT a cure for my peanut allergy?

    No, SLIT isn’t a cure. You’ll still be allergic to peanuts, and you’ll still need to avoid all exposure to them. The purpose of undergoing sublingual immunotherapy is to build enough of a tolerance to the allergen to prevent a life-threatening reaction from accidental exposure. You should still carry your emergency autoinjector of epinephrine with you everywhere you go.

     

    Is food SLIT safe?

    Generally, sublingual immunotherapy is well-tolerated. However, as with any medical treatment, there is a risk of side effects. You should speak with your allergy specialist about these side effects before deciding if you’d like to try it. You may experience an allergic reaction to the peanut allergy drops. In clinical trials, most of the reactions were mild and required only oral treatment.

     

    How is food SLIT done?

    It’s a very simple treatment that requires no shots or pills. Your allergy doctor will place a small amount of peanut extract under your tongue. You’ll hold it there for two minutes, and then swallow it. The doctor will monitor you for signs of an allergic reaction. Over time, you’ll take progressively higher concentrations of the food extract to increase your tolerance.

     

    Food sublingual immunotherapy is one of the allergy treatment options we offer here at Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM. To find out whether you’re a good candidate for this allergy treatment, you can give us a call at 1(800)86-COUGH. You can meet with a board-certified allergy doctor in Blue Bell, Center City, Lansdale, Philadelphia, Jenkintown, Pottstown, King of Prussia, or Collegeville, Pennsylvania.