• Allergy & Asthma Tips for Summer Vacation

    If you have a fun-filled summer vacation planned, you might be worried that your allergy and asthma symptoms could get in the way. After all, you may be quite good at avoiding your triggers at home, but new environments can be unpredictable. Bid a fond farewell to sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, and asthma attacks while traveling by following these tips.

    • Consider your timing: Think about the potential allergens at the destinations you’re considering and time your visit right. For instance, if you’re allergic to ragweed, traveling earlier in the summer could be better than waiting until August.
    • Consider your location: If you’re sensitive to poor air quality, Mexico City and Beijing are out of the question. If mold triggers your symptoms, it may not be wise to go camping. And if you’re set off by pollen, you should avoid Washington DC during the cherry blossom bloom.
    • Pack your allergy and asthma medications: Keep quick-relief medicine close at hand, including your inhaler if you have asthma, as well as your regular preventative medicine.
    • Speak with your allergist: Discuss the types of activities you plan on doing and ask for advice. For instance, high elevations, cold weather, and scuba diving could trigger an asthma attack, so make sure what you’re planning is safe.
    • Make sure medical care is available: In case you have an emergency, you want to know a doctor is available. This is important to look into if you’re staying in a remote location, traveling abroad, or going on a cruise.
    • Prepare to travel by car: Taking a road trip? Try to do most of your traveling in the early morning or late evening hours when air quality is better and traffic is lighter. Renting a car? Ask for one where no one has smoked cigarettes. No matter what car you drive, keep the windows rolled up and use the AC.
    • Prepare to travel by plane: Take an antihistamine before you board, and use a saline spray once every hour to keep your nasal cavities moist in the dry air. Also, drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated, and avoid alcohol.
    • Prepare to travel by train: Ask if animals are allowed on board. If so, request to be seated several rows away. Ask if smoking is permitted. If so, find out if you can book a seat in the nonsmoking section. Then, find out if it’s okay to pre-board so you can wipe down your seating area.
    • Reduce allergy and asthma symptoms at your hotel: Request a nonsmoking, pet-free room located away from the parking lot and pool where car fumes and harsh chemicals could waft inside. Then, ask if any allergy-friendly accommodations are available with hypoallergenic mattresses and pillow covers, special cleaning products, and portable air cleaners with HEPA filters.

    Need more help getting your summer allergies under control? Contact Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM at 610-825-5800. We have eight locations in the Philadelphia area where you can schedule an appointment.

  • Breaking Down Myths About Stinging Insect Allergies

    Stinging insect allergies can be dangerous, and misconceptions about these kinds of allergies can put people at risk. If you have an allergy to a stinging insect, it is best to consult with an allergy doctor to settle on a course of treatment that meets your needs.

    Watch this video to learn more about stinging insect allergies and the myths that surround them. If your allergy doctor confirms that you have a systemic allergy to stinging insects, you may need to carry an epinephrine injector to avoid anaphylaxis.

     

    If you’re concerned about allergy symptoms, make an appointment with Allergy & Asthma Specialists. There are offices located in Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown and Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Schedule an appointment today online at allergyandasthmawellness.com or by calling 1-800-86COUGH.

  • Creating a Plan to Manage Food Allergies at Work

    Food allergies require vigilant management, which can be easier to deal with at home than out in the real world. When you’re at work, dangers can abound, especially when people in your office are unaware of your condition or what it takes to manage it. At work—or anywhere outside your home where you expect to spend a significant amount of time—it’s important not to leave things to chance but instead to have a plan for dealing with your allergies. At the office, these strategies for creating a plan can help.

     

    Decide Who Needs to Know

    Some people don’t mind discussing their food allergies with others, while others prefer to remain as private as possible. Generally, it is a good idea to tell your supervisor about your allergies, so that he or she is aware of the accommodations you need and that you may need time off for doctor’s appointments and other parts of your care plan. Although you may decide not to share information about your allergy with everyone at work, consider telling people who you need to be aware of the potential for a dangerous allergic reaction, such as those who share a food prep or storage area or cubicle with you. Your co-workers can help you avoid exposure to your allergens if they are aware of the issue.

     

    Invite Open Communication

    There are many myths and misconceptions about food allergies that people who have never dealt with them have. Inviting open communication about your allergies and making sure that your co-workers feel like they are able to ask questions is a great way to get them involved in making the office a safe space for you and also dispelling myths they may believe about allergies.

     

    Know Your Rights

    You have a right to reasonable workplace accommodations for your food allergies, so don’t shy away from asking for them. Food allergies are addressed in the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, so you have a legal right to ask for these accommodations.

     

    The allergy doctors at Allergy & Asthma Specialists can also help make a plan for dealing with allergies at work. We have allergy clinic locations in Blue Bell, Lansdale, Philadelphia, Jenkintown, Pottstown, King of Prussia, or Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Schedule an appointment online at www.​AllergyandAsthmaWellness.​com or call 1-800-86COUGH.

  • How Are Aspirin Allergies Treated?

    Aspirin allergies can cause severe allergic reactions and prevent people from getting the medical treatments that they need. These kinds of allergies are common in people with asthma. In fact, Samter’s Syndrome is a common symptom triad that includes aspirin allergies, nasal polyps, and asthma. Fortunately, an allergy doctor can help sufferers overcome their reactions to aspirin with desensitization treatment.

     

    During aspirin desensitization, allergy doctors provide patients with a small dose of aspirin that is gradually increased every few hours until allergy symptoms appear. This process is repeated until the patient becomes immune to aspirin exposure and no symptoms occur. This happens over the series of a few visits. Once complete desensitization occurs, the patient then takes aspirin daily to maintain his or her tolerance.

     

    At Allergy & Asthma Specialists, patients with aspirin allergies can get care from allergy doctors in Blue Bell, Center City, Lansdale, Philadelphia, Jenkintown, Pottstown, King of Prussia, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Schedule an appointment online at www.AllergyandAsthmaWellness.​com or call 1-800-86COUGH.