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Aspirin Can Make Your Asthma Worse

Allergy Treatment Center Offers Relief

A surprising number of people with asthma are additionally burdened by sensitivity to aspirin. In fact, any NSAID (aspirin, Advil, ibuprofen, Aleve) can actually worsen the condition for the 40% of asthma sufferers who have nasal/sinus polyps and are sensitive or allergic to the medication.

This classic triad of symptoms – asthma, nasal/sinus polyps, and aspirin sensitivity – is known as Samter’s Syndrome. If aspirin is taken, it can trigger wheezing, shortness of breath, and cough.

The Aspirin Allergy Treatment Center of Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM, whose main office is in Blue Bell, Pa., has had success overcoming aspirin sensitivity with a procedure called Aspirin Desensitization. Utilizing this process, patients are given a small dose of aspirin at first, and then doctors gradually increase the amount every few hours. The patient’s response to each dose is closely monitored until a reaction such as wheezing, shortness of breath, or nasal congestion occurs. Aspirin is then re-administered and tolerated.

“Aspirin desensitization has been a game changer for many of our severe asthmatics,” said William Spiegel, MD, Senior Physician and Director of the Aspirin Allergy Treatment Center at Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM. “They have seen a dramatic decrease in medication needs and an impressive stabilization of their asthma.”

This gradual increase of dosage helps the patient safely build up a tolerance, ultimately making the patient resistant to aspirin side effects.

The complete Aspirin Desensitization process requires several visits to The Aspirin Allergy Treatment Center. A Board Certified Allergist and Registered Nurse are with the patient during the process. Dr. Spiegel provides a safe, controlled medical setting for optimum patient safety and effectiveness.

How can Aspirin Desensitization benefit you?

• Most patients experience greatly reduced symptoms of nasal congestion, sinusitis, and cough.

• There is a decreased need for sinus surgery and nasal corticosteroids.

• Asthma control improves.

• Taking any NSAID will not result in an allergic reaction.

To maintain the effectiveness of the Aspirin Desensitization treatment, aspirin will need to be taken on a daily basis, indefinitely.

Read more at www.AllergyandAsthmaWellness.com. (http://www.86cough.com/Services/Aspirin_Allergies.aspx)


If you think you might be a candidate for Aspirin Desensitization, call 1-800-86COUGH and schedule a consult to determine if you should proceed with this treatment.

Allergy & Asthma Specialists, PC, a group practice with eight locations in Philadelphia and surrounding suburbs, provides state-of-the-art medical care in a personal and caring environment emphasizing the control of asthma and allergic disease while at the same time avoiding side effects from medications.

Allergy & Asthma Specialists

Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Collegeville, Pottstown, Philadelphia, Jenkintown, Lansdale, Doylestown

Office hours: Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm. 
Evening appointments available weekly on alternating days.

Toll-free: (800) 86-COUGH

Local: (610) 825-5800


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