The Asthma Center

The Asthma Center Education and Research Fund

The Asthma Center Education and Research Fund was founded in 1994 as a non-profit organization to promote asthma and allergy education and research. Specifically, this organization was founded to advance current concepts regarding the treatment and prevention of asthma, allergy and sinus disease in the Delaware Valley and Philadelphia-metropolitan communities.

Understanding Allergy, Asthma and Sinusitis

Asthma, Allergy and Sinus Disease are common problems often treated by allergy specialists.

  • Asthma symptoms may include: chest tightness, shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing and/or trouble exercising. Symptoms vary from mild to severe and at times may be life threatening and require hospitalization.
  • Allergy symptoms often include: nasal congestion, sneezing and itchy eyes but can also trigger asthma or sinusitis.

Sinuses that become inflamed due to allergy can result in headache, sinus pressure, persistent post nasal drip, sore throat, nasal polyps, diminished sense of smell, snoring, sleep apnea and/or fatigue. And all of the above can result in a chronic and significant decrease in the quality of one’s life.

Fortunately, individuals and physicians can usually find a successful treatment regimen with modern medications, avoidance and/or immunotherapy. Allergy can also cause skin problems (hives, eczema, and contact dermatitis), drug allergy (for example, penicillin anaphylaxis), food allergy and insect sting allergy.

The information on this site will give you an in-depth understanding of the causes and treatment options for managing asthma, nasal and eye allergy and sinus disease.