Dr. Andrew Murphy

Allergy and Immunology
West Chester, PA
31 years experience male

Locations

Asthma Allergy and Sinus Center

Coatesville, PA

Address

495 Highlands Blvd, Coatesville, PA
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My office hours

Thursday: 2:00pm - 7:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Great West PPO

Aetna

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Cigna

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Asthma Allergy and Sinus Center

West Chester, PA

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Allergy and Immunology

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

839 Answers
181 Agrees
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Yes: The current accepted treatment for food allergy is avoidance and being prepared to treat any reaction that might occur. There are ongoing clinical tri... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Minutes: Epinephrine when used for anaphylaxis generally lasts a very short time. In general, if you use one uses their injectable Epinephrine for a severe all... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Yes: With any medication, your physician should be able to provide guidance if a medicine is ok for you to you. In general, any medication that has caused ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
No : Food allergy reactions do not cause sinusitis. This is a myth that is perpetuated.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Very difficult: It is very difficult to get rid of pet allergen , particularly cat or dog allergen, unless the animal is removed from the home. There have been variou... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Variable: Depending where you are in your allergy injection schedule and how long it has been since your last shot will all factor into when you may need to res... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Possibly: Anaphylaxis is a life threatening allergy reaction that occurs within minutes to hours of being exposed to the allergen in question. Very rarely one c... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
See below: Idiopathic thrombocytopenia -- meaning a low platelet count the cause of which is unknown.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Good washing: I agree with answer of dr mcghee, a thorough washing with hot water and soap and making sure no residual food is left behind should be adequate.
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Death: Anaphylaxis is a true medical emergency that if left untreated, and sometimes if treated appropriately, can lead to the death of the patient in the mo... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
It happens: This is not an uncommon scenario. However before you get rid of your cat see your allergist and get skin tested to verify it is the cat that is the pr... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Get the Flu shot: Egg allergy is not an absolute contraindication to receive the flu vaccine. The aaaai and the cdc have published guidelines regarding the administrati... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Maybe: The data on the use of hepa filters for airborne allergens is somewhat mixed. One would think that they would help but not alot of strong data. Having... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Exam: Nasal polyps arise from the epithelium cells that line one's sinus. If sinus inflammation is bad enough these cells can squeeze out of the sinuses and... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Yes: The generic form of Atarax is hydroxyzine.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Misnomer: True allergy to iodine probably does not exist. Those who react to contrast dyes, typically for xray studies, is more related the concentration of the... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Absolutely: Cockroaches have been known to allergic triggers for decades. They are classically a problem in inner cities presumably because of the dense housing,... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Broad: Pruritis, or being itchy, can be caused numerous entities. Some can be rather benign and some can be very serious. If pruritis has persisted for weeks... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Yes but: The ability to be allergic can be inherited but is very complex. One can also see allergic kids in families that have no allergies. There is a comple... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Talk to your Doctor: First off clarify with your physician what your "allergy" is. Depending upon your medical history your allergist, in consultation with your pcp, may ... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
NO: I agree with the above answer with one caveat. Anyone with suspected food allergy should be evaluated by an allergists to confirm or refute the suspec... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
List of reactions: Food allergy reactions include: rash, hives, itchiness, lip/tongue and throat swelling, breathing problems, belly pain, vomiting, passing out and rare... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Possible: As a general rule we are at risk for allergic reactions to anything we ingest or inject into our bodies. The question becomes whether one is at higher... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
No: Banana allergy is not that common. Make an appointment with you allergists. After the obtain a history and perform a physical exam they may suggest sk... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
No : A simple blood transfusion should not lead to new allergies. Interestingly, it is possible for those who undergo a bone marrow transplant to develop n... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Many Causes: The cause(s) of hives can be many and varied and depends upon the duration of the hives. If one has hives then a thorough evaluation is needed. Alot o... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Many possible causes: There can be numerous causes of itchy. Some relatively benign and some more severe. A thorough evaluation by a physician should help one understand th... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Check with you Doc: Discuss with your doctor why your were tested for celiac disease. As with any test, the degree of suspicion for a particular disease helps understand ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Several: The treatment of allergies involves three general concepts: avoidance, medicine and immunotherapy. The medicines include antihistamines, nasal steroid... Read More
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A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Multiple Causes: Cough in general is caused by post nasal drip, reflux, asthma, infection or other pathology. An evaluation by a Physician can help determine the corre... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Food Allergy Symptom: Typical symptoms of food allergy include: itchy, hives, lip/tongue/throat swelling, wheezing, shortness of breath, and in severe cases can be life thr... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Death: The worst thing that happen from an allergic reaction is death. This most serious allergic reaction is called anaphylaxis and can occur after exposur... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Probably Not: Allergy is a chronic inflammatory disease that is not associated with fever. If fever is present this would suggest something other than allergy as th... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
NO: Celiac disease is not a food allergy. Food allergy is an ige ( allergy antibody ) medicated reaction. These reactions (ige) typically result in rash, ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Difficult: A lot of the symptoms of colds and allergies overlap however fever and other being sick help to distinguish the two. In addition colds last for a week... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Possibly: Allergic broncho - pulmonary aspergillosis is a very serious lung disease that needs prompt and thorough investigation and treatment. Traditionally, i... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Probably not: One of the biggest problems in managing anaphylaxis is that patients deny their symptoms and don't use their epi putting them at great risk. There is ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Probably not: That is not necessarily a statement that would be supported by the literature.
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A member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
No : Shellfish allergy will not cause lymph node swelling.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Yes : There are mutiple resources for allergic diseases including jaci, annal of allergy, allergy, pedicatric allergy, erj, jrccm.
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Avoid Decongestant: If one has high blood pressure then avoidance of decongestant allergy medications is most prudent.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Depends: Allergy to dog can manifest in various ways. One could have nose, eye, chest or skin symptoms. If one has dog allergen induced asthma then breathing i... Read More
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A 63-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
No : Allergy is actually the opposite -- it is the inappropriate recognition of relatively innocuous substances and the reaction b/c of that.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Venom testing: If one has an allergic reaction to bee sting then venom skin testing and / or venom blood testing is indicated.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Inflammation: Topical steroids like beclomethasone lotion are typically used as anti inflammatories for conditions like eczema.
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Some other thoughts: This is obviously a difficult problem. If one has severe asthma and it is not treated properly then there is the very real risk of serious consequence... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Depends: Atopic dermatitis and food allergies are closely related but not absolutely related. There are clearly some individual with ad who have allergic compo... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Yup: Typically one needs a prescription to get an asthma inhaler spacer.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Difficult: Predicting if one will have an allergic reaction to a new food or medicine or other allergen is very difficult, especially if one has never had a reac... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Murphy
Allergy and Immunology 31 years experience
Yes: There is a cat extract that is available to be used on allergen immunotherapy for cat.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Murphy is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Murphy is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Jan 26, 2012
helpful information. Quick response.
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I noticed itchiness 4 the 1st time after taking Percocet since thurs.
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Your answer was very helpful, thanks! Many thanks Doc Murphy! I appreciate ur time and guidance, regards
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Wow, very interesting! Thank you very much for your response

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, PA
Graduated 1992MD

Awards

Most Influential, Third Place, Philadelphia, PA - Winter
2013
Top Allergist and Immunologist , First Place, Philadelphia, PA - Winter
2013
Top Allergist and Immunologist , Second Place, Pennsylvania - Summer
2013

Affiliations

Penn Medicine - Chester County Hospital
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