• Allergies 101

    If you’re diagnosed with an allergy, it means that your body has an overactive immune response to a certain substance. Your immune system produces antibodies that incorrectly inform your body that a particular substance is harmful. When you’re exposed to that substance, you experience a reaction. The substances to which you are allergic are called allergens, or allergy triggers. Some of the most common triggers include pollen, mold, pet dander, insect stings, medications, and some foods.

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    When exposed to an allergy trigger, you’ll experience symptoms such as a runny nose, itchy eyes, and congestion. The exact symptoms you experience depend on your specific allergy. Food allergies, for example, can cause swelling of the facial area. Some allergic reactions are life-threatening, which is why it’s important to understand and manage your allergies.

    Board certified allergists/immunologists comprise the entire physician staff of Allergy & Asthma Specialists.  Allergy doctors at this premier medical practice provide comprehensive allergy and asthma diagnostics and state of the art treatment, including two types of immunotherapy, at offices located in center city Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Schedule today online at www.AllergyandAsthmaWellness.com or by calling 1-800-86COUGH.

  • A Look at the Medical Services Provided by Asthma & Allergy SpecialistsSM

    If you suffer from asthma or allergies, it’s important to work with an allergy doctor or immunologist who understands your unique needs and can develop a customized treatment plan. The personalized treatment programs offered by the allergy doctors of Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM emphasize prevention measures and closely monitored medication. We understand that each patient has different needs, and our allergy doctors will work closely with you to tailor a treatment plan that is just right for you. Here’s a look at some of our services:

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    Diagnostic Testing

    • Numerous diagnostic services are available at our state-of-the-art practice. Your allergy doctor might recommend allergy skin testing to determine your food and particle triggers. The allergy doctor uses a multitest applicator to apply allergen extracts on your arms or back. The results are available within 20 minutes. We can also test for allergies to aspirin, latex, antibiotics, and other drugs. The pulmonary function test is another common diagnostic measure that evaluates your lung capacity. This test can benefit those who experience wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and related symptoms.

    Immunotherapy

    • Allergy doctors often recommend immunotherapy to allergy and asthma sufferers. This is a highly effective means of “training” your immune system to tolerate your triggers. The allergy doctor administers precisely calculated amounts of allergen extracts by injection or orally. With either method, you can expect your symptoms to start diminishing within three to six months.

    Aspirin Desensitization

    • If you have sensitivities or allergies to aspirin, you understand how frustrating it can be to treat common ailments like headaches. If you experience wheezing, shortness of breath, or even sinus infections and nasal congestion due to aspirin exposure, talk to your allergy doctor about aspirin desensitization.

    Board certified allergists/immunologists comprise the entire physician staff of Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM.  These premier allergy doctors provide comprehensive allergy testing and asthma diagnostics and state of the art treatment, including two types of immunotherapy, at offices located in center city Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania.  Schedule today  online or by calling 1-800-86COUGH.

  • ABC Spot for New Treatment For Peanut Allergies Featuring Our Physician Dr. Matt Fogg

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    In this video by 6ABC, our physician Dr. Matt Fogg and others discuss a new treatment for alleviating peanut allergies.

    Board certified allergists/immunologists comprise the entire physician staff of Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM.  These premier allergy doctors provide comprehensive allergy testing and asthma diagnostics and state of the art treatment, including two types of immunotherapy, at offices located in center city Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Schedule today online or by calling 1-800-86COUGH.

  • Teen Battles Being Allergic to the Cold

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    Watch this informational  video by 6ABC about 14 year old Halle Kiel who is allergic to the cold.

    Board certified allergists/immunologists comprise the entire physician staff of Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM.  These premier allergy doctors provide comprehensive allergy testing and asthma diagnostics and state of the art treatment, including two types of immunotherapy, at offices located in center city Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Schedule today online or by calling 1-800-86COUGH.

  • Tips for Managing Your Asthma Symptoms

    Did you know that you’re more likely to suffer from asthma symptoms if you have allergies? Allergies can actually trigger your asthma symptoms when allergic reactions take place in the lungs and airways. Fortunately, allergy doctors can recommend treatments and lifestyle changes that can alleviate the symptoms of both conditions. Here’s a look at some of the recommendations your allergy doctor might make for asthma management:

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    Understand Your Triggers

    • Work with your allergy doctor to identify your asthma triggers. Air pollutants, including tobacco smoke, fumes, and strong odors are common triggers for many people. Other triggers can include infections, certain medications, some foods, and vigorous workouts. Exposure to dry, cold air or emotional stress may also trigger an asthma attack. In addition, your allergy triggers might cause an asthma attack. These may include animal dander, dust mites, and certain foods. Once you have identified your asthma triggers, take steps to avoid them as much as possible.

    Make Lifestyle Changes

    • It can be difficult to avoid all of your triggers. For example, exercise is necessary for a healthy lifestyle. Your allergy doctor may recommend a few lifestyle modifications to allow you to enjoy activities without having an asthma attack. When it comes to exercise, asthma symptoms most commonly occur with sustained aerobic activity—particularly if the air is cold and dry. During the winter months, exercise indoors. Choose sports that do not aggravate your symptoms as much. For example, instead of running, try swimming, which is generally well tolerated by asthma sufferers. Additionally, maintain a healthy weight with a well-balanced diet; those who are obese are more likely to have severe asthma symptoms.

    See an Allergy Doctor for Treatment

    • The treatments prescribed by your allergy doctor form the cornerstone of your asthma management plan. Your doctor might prescribe inhaled corticosteroids or oral bronchodilators. There is no cure for asthma, but these treatments can help control it. Follow all dosage instructions carefully.

    Board certified allergists/immunologists comprise the entire physician staff of Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM.  These premier allergy doctors provide comprehensive allergy testing and asthma diagnostics and state of the art treatment, including two types of immunotherapy, at offices located in center city Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania.  Schedule today  online or by calling 1-800-86COUGH.  

  • What Are The Different Types of Asthma?

    There are several different types of asthma. Your allergy doctor can help you determine which type of asthma you have and develop a treatment plan that is right for you. You might have exercise-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB), which means that your airways become irritated and dry when you exercise vigorously, causing difficulty breathing. Or, you might have occupational asthma, which means you experience symptoms that are triggered by work activities like spray painting. To determine whether you have occupational asthma, you and your allergy doctor will carefully consider your medical history. Cough-variant asthma is another type of asthma, which is characterized by severe coughing. It is typically triggered by exercise or respiratory infections. Some people are diagnosed with nocturnal, or nighttime asthma, which means that the symptoms worsen in the evening and during sleep.

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    To determine what kind of asthma you have, see the allergy doctors of Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM. Our state-of-the-art practice in King of Prussia offers a range of diagnostic services. Give us a call at 1(800)86-COUGH to learn how we can help you manage your asthma symptoms.

    Board certified allergists/immunologists comprise the entire physician staff of Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM.  These premier allergy doctors provide comprehensive allergy testing and asthma diagnostics and state of the art treatment, including two types of immunotherapy, at offices located in center city Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania.  Schedule today  online or by calling 1-800-86COUGH.

  • An Allergy Treatment That Goes Under the Tongue

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    This article from the New York times  informs on new techniques that can be used to treat allergies. Check it out!

  • Is Your Asthma Under Control?

    If your asthma is not well-controlled, you may need to discuss other treatment options with your allergy doctor. If your asthma is reasonably under control, you likely experience symptoms and require your rescue inhaler no more than twice per week, with the exception of exercise. You should also be able to sleep normally and avoid visits to the emergency room.

    To determine whether a physician would consider your asthma well controlled, watch this video. The board-certified allergy doctor in this video also explains the indicators that your doctor looks for to evaluate the management of your asthma.

    Board certified allergists/immunologists comprise the entire physician staff of Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM.  These premier allergy doctors provide comprehensive allergy testing and asthma diagnostics and state of the art treatment, including two types of immunotherapy, at offices located in center city Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Schedule today online or by calling 1-800-86COUGH.

  • Information About Allergy Medication And How To Respond To Anaphylactic Shock!

    Allergy symptoms can range from the merely disruptive to the potentially fatal. With the right knowledge and medical care, you can live a safe and healthy life. Explore allergy detection and treatment by visiting the following websites: 

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    • Epinephrine injection is the fastest, most effective treatment for anaphylactic shock. You can get more information about the use of this drug to treat life-threatening allergies on the official website of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
    • If over-the-counter medication isn’t addressing your allergy symptoms, other treatments may be needed. ACAAI.org presents an overview of allergy treatment on this webpage.
    • Many seasonal allergies can significantly impact your quality of life. You can read more in this excellent article from AAAAI.org.

    Get the gold-standard allergy and asthma treatment you need for a healthy, active, and enjoyable life at Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM. Our allergists and immunologists have more than 145 combined years of experience to bring you state-of-the-art medical care. Visit our website to learn more about allergies, asthma, and your treatment options, or call 1(800)86-COUGH with your questions.

  • 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.