• How to Identify and React to Anaphylactic Shock

    Anaphylactic shock is a severe and potentially life-threatening body-wide allergic reaction. This reaction may be brought on by many types of allergies, such as food, insect, or drug allergies. It’s important to recognize the symptoms of anaphylaxis and seek medical care as soon as possible in order to treat this serious condition. 

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    Know the Symptoms

    • Anaphylactic shock is caused by the sudden triggering of an allergy. Its symptoms often occur within minutes of contact with an allergen. A sudden drop in blood pressure may cause dizziness or fainting. The narrowing of airways and swelling of the throat, mouth, or tongue in response to an allergen can cause difficulty or even inability to breathe. Other symptoms include hives or a rash on the skin, vomiting or nausea, a weak and racing pulse, and an impending feeling of doom or disaster.

    Stay Calm and Seek Help

    • The most important thing you can do in cases of anaphylactic shock is to remain calm. Assess the situation and call an emergency number such as 911, or visit an emergency medical facility immediately for treatment. If anaphylaxis has caused the cessation of breathing or a heartbeat, CPR may be administered. Many people who are at risk for such a severe allergic reaction carry a one-use epinephrine autoinjector, sometimes known as an EpiPen. If an injector is available, use it as soon as possible by injecting the medication into the thigh.
    • Even if symptoms improve after an EpiPen injection, professional medical care to address the situation is still needed. Inform paramedics or doctors that you have administered epinephrine and keep the injector for identification if possible. You should also inform medical staff of the allergen and, if possible, how contact occurred.

    Anaphylactic shock can be managed and prevented with the treatment available from the allergy doctors at Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM. We specialize in providing effective, state-of-the-art asthma and allergy treatment throughout Pennsylvania. Visit our website for more allergy and emergency information, or call 1(800)86-COUGH to schedule an appointment at one of our eight locations. 

  • Breathe Easy: A Look at Allergy Relief with Immunotherapy [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Itchy eyes, runny nose, and respiratory issues: these are just a few of the symptoms that are a part of everyday life for people who suffer from allergies. One in five Americans deals with allergies, making it the fifth leading chronic disease in the country. If you are one of these people, relief may be just around the corner in the form of immunotherapy prescribed by your King of Prussia allergy doctor. Immunotherapy is suitable for allergy patients of all ages, including children. Don’t let allergies get you down—check out this infographic to learn more about how immunotherapy could help you. Please share to help your fellow allergy sufferers breathe a sigh of relief!

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  • Breathing Freely: Control Asthma Triggers in Children

    Asthma symptoms, such as shortness of breath, often have external triggers. These triggers can occur outdoors or indoors, and they may vary from child to child. Identifying your child’s asthma triggers and reducing exposure to them can help your child breathe easier. 

    While asthma cannot be cured, it can be successfully managed to provide a higher quality of life. Working with your child’s doctor will allow you to develop an asthma control plan to prevent asthma attacks. In this video, you will learn how children with asthma can continue to lead healthy, active lives.

     At Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM, we can help you and your child understand and avoid asthma triggers and symptoms. We proudly provide the gold standard in allergy and asthma care for children and adults in King of Prussia. Call 1(800)86-COUGH or check out our website for asthma and allergy care information.

  • Recognizing When Over-the-Counter Allergy Medications Aren’t Enough

    For many people, severe allergies make it difficult to work and even enjoy an everyday life. While many over-the-counter remedies are available, these medications may not be sufficient to fully address your allergy symptoms. Rather than continue to suffer, visiting an allergy doctor can open the door to restoring your quality of life with stronger, more effective treatment. 

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    Your Allergies Are Disrupting Your Life

    • When your allergies have gone beyond simple annoyance and begin to significantly disrupt your enjoyment of life, it’s time to visit an allergy doctor and discuss your options. If you have tried every over-the-counter allergy medication available and still cannot get the full relief you’re seeking, visiting an allergist for professional evaluation should be your next course of action.

    Your Allergies Never Seem to Go Away

    • Allergies that last more than a few months may not be as seasonal as you think. If you experience chronic congestion or recurring sinus infections, it is a sign that more effective treatment is needed. Identifying the root cause of your allergies with the help of an allergy doctor will ensure that they are being treated in the most appropriate way. If you are taking copious amounts of over-the-counter medication and continuing to suffer allergy symptoms or if the over-the counter medications make you feel drowsy or nervous, a better alternative can be found by consulting an allergist.

    You Have Difficulty Breathing or Chest Tightness

    • If, at any time, you become worried about your ability to breathe, you should see a doctor about your condition. If you experience wheezing, gasping for breath, or a feeling of tightness in your chest, over-the-counter allergy medications are not enough to address these symptoms. Your allergies should be diagnosed by an allergist so that a more effective method of treatment can be found.

    Don’t let your allergies run your life. Visit any one of the eight Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM locations in Pennsylvania  and find the relief you need to enjoy a full and healthy life. Call us today at 1(800) 86-COUGH number for the answers to your allergy questions or click on our website for more information about our allergy doctors and services. 

  • Spring is Almost Here!

    This is a special reminder from Allergy & Asthma Specialists that spring is just around the corner. We  suggest that you schedule to see your allergist now so you are prepared for the upcoming season.  Don’t wait until the busy allergy season. Call 1(800)86-COUGH today. 

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  • Allergy & Asthma Treatment Myths

    Myth #1:  “Needles are used to skin test for allergies.”

    • WRONG. The staff of Allergy & Asthma Specialists uses sterile plastic applicators to apply dozens of skin tests in a minute or two. No needles are used for most skin testing and there is no blood at the contact site. There is a twenty minute waiting period for the reaction to occur. The reaction consists of a hive that is measured to determine if the patient has specific allergies.

    Myth #2:   “You cannot test infants and small children.”

    • WRONG. Infants can be effectively skin tested as young as two to three months old.

    Myth #3:  “ I need to be experiencing full-blown allergy symptoms to be skin tested.”

    • WRONG. You do not need to be experiencing any allergy symptoms at the time of your testing. In fact, if you are a seasonal allergy sufferer for whom the doctor recommends immunotherapy (allergy extract), it is wise to start your immunotherapy six months before your most symptomatic time of year. This way, the allergy extract will have time to be effective before the next allergy season.    

    Myth #4 : “Allergy immunotherapy is only available by injections with needles.”

    • WRONG. Allergy & Asthma Specialists, PC offers two types of immunotherapy. Traditional allergy extract administered by injections and sublingual extract (SLIT) administered by placing drops under your tongue.

    Myth #5 : “You never outgrow Food Allergies.”

    • WRONG. Kids really do outgrow food allergies. However, parents are often unsure if a forbidden food can be reintroduced into a child’s diet. FOOD ALLERGY TESTING AND FOOD CHALLENGES in a medically supervised environment are a practice specialty. Under the supervision of a board certified allergist, we can safely determine if your child needs to continue food restrictions.

    Myth #6 : Allergies only affect the upper respiratory system.

    • WRONG.  Allergies can often affect lung function and a complete allergy evaluation includes testing to determine if your lung function capacity has been compromised. All locations of Allergy & Asthma Specialists offer state of the art computerized lung function testing for adults and children as young as three years old. Specialized lung function testing is also available for adults and children with exercise induced breathing symptoms and chronic cough syndrome.

    Myth #7:   There is no connection between skin rashes in small children and the development of allergies and asthma.

    • WRONG.  Eczema or Atopic Dermatitis is one of the most common skin disorders seen in infants and children. Eczema is considered the beginning phase of a natural progression to other allergic diseases. Two- thirds of children with eczema develop allergic rhinitis. One half of children with eczema will go on to develop asthma. 
    • Fortunately, research indicates that early treatment of eczema may decrease the risk for developing asthma. The first step in the development of an effective treatment plan is to have the child evaluated by an allergist in order to identify potential eczema triggers.

    Allergy & Asthma Specialists provides treatment for patients of all ages with allergies, asthma, rashes, congestion and recurrent infections. If you live in the greater King of Prussia or Philadelphia region and suffer from allergies or asthma, our board certified allergy doctors and immunologists can help. Call us at (800) 86-COUGH to schedule an appointment at one of our eight convenient locations.

  • Is it a Cold or Allergies?

    This is the time of year you start to hear lots of sneezing and sniffles.  Allergy symptoms and cold symptoms are often very similar. However, it is important to determine the difference so you can properly treat the cold or allergy.

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    Allergy Symptoms:

    • Runny, stuffy nose
    • Sneezing
    • Watery, itchy eyes
    • Itchy nose and throat
    • Dry cough
    • Symptoms come on quickly when exposed to allergen
    • Symptoms could last for several weeks and do not away until allergen is gone

    Allergy symptoms occur when the body reacts to an unwanted substance that is usually inhaled or ingested. If you are allergic to this substance, known as an allergen, your body produces histamine and other inflammation causing chemicals that cause a runny nose, congestion, sneezing and itchy eyes and nose. 

    Allergy treatment begins with identifying and avoiding the offending allergen. This may require a trip to see an allergist and skin testing.Medications such as antihistamines and decongestants help to decrease the symptoms.  Immunotherapy  (also known as allergy injections or allergy drops) will alleviate the symptoms when avoidance or medications are not providing adequate relief. 

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    Cold Symptoms:

    • Runny, stuffy nose
    • Sneezing
    • Watery, itchy eyes
    • Fever
    • Body Aches
    • Sore throat
    • Wet, productive cough
    • Symptoms come on gradually and subside in 7 to 10 days

    A cold is caused by transmission of a virus, the rhinovirus, from an infected person or object. This virus causes upper respiratory inflammation. 

    Treatments for cold symptoms include acetaminophen or ibuprofen to alleviate the fever, sore throat and body aches.  Decongestants will relieve nasal congestion.  Drink plenty of fluids, get plenty of rest and gargle with warm salt water.

    If you think your “cold” symptoms are really allergies, see the allergists at Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM.

    Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM provides treatment for patients of all ages with allergies, asthma, rashes, congestion and recurrent infections. If you live in the greater King of Prussia or Philadelphia region and suffer from allergies or asthma, our board certified allergy doctors and immunologists can help. Call us at (800) 86-COUGH to schedule an appointment at one of our eight convenient locations. 

  • Cat Allergy Relief Tips

    Of all the different types of environmental allergens, cat dander is among the smallest, meaning that the allergen remains airborne for at least 30 minutes after being disturbed and can constantly trigger symptoms. 

    This video provides several tips on managing cat-dander allergies. Some great ways to reduce allergic reactions caused by cat dander is to ensure that your cat is not allowed to walk or sleep inside of your bedroom. You may also consider preventing dander from accumulating by investing in hard-surfaced floors and leather furniture rather than fabric. Watch this clip for more tips.

    Don’t let your allergies get in between you and your pets. Contact the allergy doctors with Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM online or call (610) 825-5800 for more information on our allergy testing and asthma screening services

  • Don’t suffer with SINUSITIS one more day

    Sinusitis is defined as inflammation of one or more of the sinus cavities.

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    Types of Sinusitis

    • Acute bacterial sinusitis in adults most often presents with > 7 days of symptoms of purulent drainage, nasal congestion, postnasal drip, facial or dental pain/pressure, and cough, especially at night. Often preceded by a cold. Children with acute sinusitis often have cough, runny nose, and nasal congestion.
    • Acute bacterial sinusitis is defined to be less than 4 weeks duration. 
    • Chronic sinusitis, with inflammation lasting longer than 12 weeks, is associated with allergic rhinitis in 36% – 60% of children and 40% – 80% of adults.  An allergy evaluation should be done so that environmental control measures or other interventions, appropriate for allergic and non-allergic diseases can be started.

    Conditions associated with, or predisposing to sinusitis:

    • Allergic Rhinitis
    • Viral “colds”
    • Asthma
    • Anatomic obstructions – nasal polyps, septal deviations, enlarged                                       adenoids, foreign body, cleft palate, dental infection
    • Aspirin Allergy or Sensitivity

    Treatment:

    1. Antibiotics for acute and chronic sinusitis. The goal is to improve drainage of the nasal passages, eliminate the source of the inflammation and relieve the pain.
    2. Oral decongestants and topical nasal decongestant sprays  may reduce congestion.
    3. Saline sprays or irrigations can help liquefy secretions.
    4. High dose guaifenesin is used to thin the mucous and promote drainage.
    5. Nasal steroids and nasal antihistamines reduce the congestion, swelling and inflammation of sinusitis.
    6. Oral steroids may be prescribed for a few days to relieve pressure, reduce inflammation and decrease pain. 

    Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM provides treatment for patients of all ages with allergies, asthma, rashes, congestion and recurrent infections. If you suffer from allergies or asthma, our board certified allergy doctors and immunologists near King of Prussia and Philadelphia can help. Call us at (800) 86-COUGH to schedule an appointment at one of our eight convenient locations.

  • Why does SINUS CONGESTION give me a headache?

    Sinus congestion causes headaches and can make you feel grumpy and tired. Sinuses are hollow air spaces.  There are four pairs of cavities or spaces known as paranasal sinuses.  These cavities located within the skull or bones of the head surrounding the nose, include the frontal sinuses over the eyes in the brow area; the maxillary sinuses inside each cheek bone; the ethmoids just behind the bridge of the nose and between the eyes; and behind them, the sphenoids in the upper region of the nose and behind the eyes.  Each sinus has an opening into the nose for the free exchange of air and mucous, and each is joined with the nasal passages by a continuous lining.  Sinusitis is defined as inflammation of one or more of the cavities.

    Anatomy of Sinuses

    Symptoms of Sinusitis may be one or more of the following:

    • Headache
    • Pain and pressure in the face
    • Prolonged discolored mucous from the nose or down the back of the throat
    • Stuffy nose
    • Productive cough
    • Fever
    • Tooth pain
    • Reduced sense of taste or smell
    • Cough
    • Asthma flare

    Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM provides treatment for patients of all ages with allergies, asthma, rashes, congestion and recurrent infections. If you live in the greater King of Prussia or Philadelphia region and suffer from allergies or asthma, our board certified allergy doctors and immunologists can help. Call us at (800) 86-COUGH to schedule an appointment at one of our eight convenient locations.