Sometimes, the food we eat isn’t always agreeable with our bodies, and adverse reactions occur. Food intolerances, such as the lactose in milk, can be physically uncomfortable but are not allergies. However, a milk allergy can cause a life-threatening reaction. Allergic reactions to specific foods occur when the immune system mistakenly identifies a food as a harmful substance and triggers an immune response in the body. Unfortunately, food allergies can often go undiagnosed and misunderstood, posing a significant health threat to those who suffer from them. Here we’ll take a look at some common myths about food allergies so that you have the right information to guide your allergy treatment.
Myth: Food allergies are all in the mind.
These days, it seems that everyone has some type of dietary restriction, from avoiding gluten to lactose intolerance to not eating meat. While some of these dietary limitations have medical causes, others are brought on by nutrition fads. Food allergies do sometimes get lumped in with diet fads, so people assume that they aren’t a real concern because they are all in the mind. However, the symptoms of food allergies are all too real, and they won’t go away with just a strong will.
Myth: Artificial foods are responsible for most food allergies.
Another common misconception about food allergies is that they can be avoided by simply following an all-natural diet free of artificial flavoring agents and food dyes. In reality, most food allergies are caused by proteins in foods, so even whole, natural foods can be problematic. About 90% of food allergies are caused by these common foods:
- Cow’s milk
- Tree nuts
Myth: Food allergies are always severe.
Like any other type of allergies, food allergies range in severity. The quantity of the allergenic food consumed will affect the reaction, and for some people food allergies will actually go away or worsen over time, so the severity of a reaction is not always predictable.
Symptoms of Food Allergy can be sudden and severe and commonly include one or more of the following:
- Hives or swelling
- Tingling in the mouth
- Swelling of the tongue and throat
- Difficulty breathing
- Abdominal Cramps
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Eczema or Rash
- Coughing or wheezing
- Loss of consciousness
Food allergy symptoms typically begin immediately but may be delayed up to 2 hours of ingestion of the offending food.
Living with food allergies can be scary, especially with so much misinformation out there. The allergists of Allergy & Asthma Specialists are the region’s authority on food allergy testing and challenges. Our offices serve the communities of center city Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and you can reach us for an appointment online or at 1-800-86COUGH.
Summer’s over, and the kids are heading back to school! You’ve picked up their school supplies, picked out their new clothes, and scheduled their extracurricular activities, but are you forgetting something? What’s the plan for all the allergies? While your children may have been healthy and happy all summer, school is a whole different ballgame. From the classroom to the playground to the cafeteria, school can be a virtual minefield of allergens and contaminants that make life difficult for kids with allergies or asthma. Aside from homeschooling, what can you do? First, make sure you’ve got the right allergy doctor to help manage and treat your child’s allergies and asthma. Next, determine the best ways to protect your kids at school, making sure they and their teachers know what to expect and how to manage any problems that arise. To help you make a plan, we’ve created this infographic, with helpful tips on getting ready for back to school allergies.
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.
A latex allergy is a type of allergy that happens when your immune system reacts badly to some of the proteins in rubber latex. This allergy is common among people who work in hospitality, health care, or other industries that involve frequent contact with latex. People with spina bifida may also be more likely to have a latex allergy. To learn more about latex allergies, watch this video from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
When you’re in need of capable treatment for your allergies, contact Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM . Offices are located in Center City Philadelphia, King of Prussia, Blue Bell, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Collegeville and Pottstown. To schedule an appointment at an Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM location near you, call 1-800-86COUGH ext 2 or visit their website today.
If you have a pet allergy, you may wonder if it’s possible for you to have a pet in your home. Fortunately, it’s entirely possible for you to indulge your love of animals while still protecting yourself from suffering from constant allergy symptoms. If you’re allergic to cats and dogs but still want to have them as pets, you should keep them out of your bedroom and off your furniture as much as possible. Vacuum frequently to prevent pet hair from accumulating anywhere in your house. You might consider purchasing an air purifier to keep your indoor air as free of allergens as possible.
If you’re looking to find relief from your allergies, consult with the specialists at Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM . Our team has been providing allergy services for Philadelphia, Lansdale, Blue Bell, Collegeville, Pottstown, Doylestown, Jenkintown, and King of Prussia for nearly three decades. To reach us today, call 1(800)86-COUGH.
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.
Cockroaches are a frequently overlooked asthma trigger. If you see an asthma specialist, he or she may ask you about pest control in your home and your exposure to cockroaches to determine if these pests are exacerbating your symptoms. A recent study published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology has demonstrated the link between asthma and cockroaches once again.
The study, which was conducted in low-income households with asthmatic children in New Orleans, tested the impact of pest control and cockroach reduction on asthma symptoms. The children in the homes that received pest control and successfully eliminated cockroach infestations had better lung function, fewer days with asthma symptoms, and needed fewer healthcare interventions for their asthma.
Managing asthma is complex, but with the right asthma specialist and treatments, you can get relief for your symptoms. Schedule an appointment at Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM to get the care you need. Call 800-86-Cough to make an appointment, or visit our website to learn more about our asthma specialists in Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Collegeville, or Pottstown, Pennsylvania.
For asthma sufferers, triggers can be anywhere. Identifying what triggers your symptoms will help you and your asthma specialist make treatment decisions to keep your condition under control. A surprising number of asthma triggers can lurk inside your home, and by controlling your exposure to them, you can reduce the number and severity of the symptoms you experience. Here are some common triggers that could be in your home right now.
One of the most dangerous triggers for people with asthma is smoke. Secondhand smoke is extremely aggravating and can not only intensify symptoms like wheezing but can also lead to an asthma attack. Don’t allow anyone to smoke in your home, ever. Anyone who lives in the household who smokes should do so outside or talk to his or her doctor about quitting. Other types of smoke, such as that generated by wood fires, can also trigger asthma symptoms, so avoid wood burning fireplaces.
Anything that contains scent can be problematic for people who have asthma. This can include things like scented candles, hand soaps, laundry detergent, and cleaning products. When you choose room deodorizers and cleaning products, pick unscented varieties. Some people with asthma are able to tolerate certain scented products or only react to specific scents. If you know which products work and which don’t, then you can choose accordingly if you prefer to use products with scents.
Dust is a major contributor to asthma symptoms. Vacuum rugs and upholstered furniture regularly, or even better, remove carpeting and have hardwood floors instead. Wood furniture and other surfaces should be dusted at least weekly. Dust can also be trapped in your HVAC system and circulated throughout the home. Change air filters regularly to reduce the amount of dust in your indoor air.
Molds can trigger asthma. Molds are microscopic organisms that thrive in moist, damp places. The most common indoor sites of mold growth are bathroom walls and shower curtains, window moldings, basements and carpets.
Let an asthma specialist at Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM help you get better control of your symptoms by identifying your triggers and learning environmental control measures for alleviating those triggers. Making an appointment is easy. Please visit us online or call 1(800) 86-COUGH to make an appointment with an asthma doctor in Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, or Collegeville, Pennsylvania.
Everyone is familiar with allergies, but most people don’t really know how allergens cause the reactions that they do. When you see an allergy doctor, he or she provides treatment that stops the way your body reacts to an allergen. Watch this video to learn more.
When you have an allergy, your body sees the allergen as an invader that must be neutralized to protect your health. Among the substances released by the immune system to deal with the allergen is histamine, which can cause runny eyes and nose, atopic dermatitis, and other symptoms. For this reason, antihistamines are a popular allergy treatment.
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Wheat allergies are not common. When many people think of wheat allergies, they think of gluten allergies. Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat, and when people are sensitive to it, they develop celiac disease. Celiac disease can cause symptoms similar to an allergic reaction, but it is not the same thing as a wheat allergy. Your allergy doctor will determine if you have a true wheat allergy or if you could have celiac disease.
The symptoms of wheat allergies are similar to those of other food allergies. They include digestive symptoms, itching, swelling in the mouth, hives, and headache. Wheat allergies can also cause anaphylaxis, a serious allergic reaction that causes breathing difficulties, chest tightness, and a fast heartbeat. Anaphylaxis requires immediate emergency treatment. The most effective allergy treatment for wheat allergies is usually avoiding wheat or undergoing immunotherapy.
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