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Dr. Richard Wachs

Allergy and Immunology
Marlton, NJ
27 years experience male

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Marlton, NJ

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102 Centre Blvd, Suite B, Marlton, NJ
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About

Bio

Dr. Richard Wachs is Board Certified in Allergy and Immunology and Pediatrics and a South Jersey "Top Doc". With over 13 years' private practice experience, Dr. Wachs provides comprehensive, practical and compassionate care to both adults and pediatric patients. Dr. Wachs received an academic Air Force scholarship to Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway, NJ. He specialized in Pediatric Medicine and served as a Major in the United States Air Force for seven years as a pediatrician. He trained as a Fellow in Allergy and Clinical Immunology at Jefferson, A.I. duPont Hospital for children. He is active in South Jersey providing lectures and community support in the areas of asthma, food allergy and allergic diseases.

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Allergy and Immunology

Pediatrics

Licenses

United States: New Jersey

Doctor Q&A

75 Answers
4 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
Not a simple answer: An allergy is an exagerated immune responce to a typically benign trigger. You can have allergic responces to many things like pollens, animal dander,... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
It depends: Food allergy can produce immediate hive rashes that resolve within 1-2 days of eliminating the food. Other food allergy rashes, such as eczema can las... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
They should not: If done correctly, routine scratch testing should leave no residual marks. Occasionally the reactions will persist for a day and rarely slightly longe... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
Coughs differ: Different triggers for cough can produce different types of cough. Dry cough can be from asthma or irritation. Wet cough from mucus in the chest or al... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
Whats the cause: It depends on the cause of the rash. Rashes may itch due to a release of histamine. Others itch due to a disruption in the skin barrier exposing nerve... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
Avoidance: If it is a true allergy, you should avoid it. I assume the question is in regard to vaccines like the flu shot. There are thimerosal free doses of inf... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
Possibly: Symptoms you describe may be consistant with an allergic reaction. I recommend discontinuing use of the chapstick. If it is an allergy, symptoms shoul... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
Inhaled asthma Med: An asthma inhaler is a devise that delivers asthma medication through inhalation. They are sometimes called puffers or mdi's (metered dose inhalers) t... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
Not yet: Symptoms such as rash after exposure to something like food may be due to an allergy, but there are multiple things, both allergic and non allergic, t... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
A growing issue: Food allergy is a growing public health concern. As many as 15 million people have food allergies. An estimated 9 million, or 4%, of adults have food ... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
Yes: If you are rubbing your eyes, you are potentially exposing your eyes to additional allergens worsening the symptoms. Additionally you risk other issue... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
Yes, but not always: Celiac is genetic, but there is genetic mutation that causes someone with no history to develop it. Also, there may be a family history in a distant r... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
Possibly: Throat clearing can be a symptom of allergy, but other disease states can trigger it as well. Other possible triggers include chronic sinusitis, reflu... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
Possibly: Food allergy reactions can vary from one exposure to another. Subsequent exposure may, but won't necessarily, cause more severe reactions. Always appr... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
Unlikely: Ear pressure is not a typical symptom of a food allergy. I would recommend evaluation for other causes such as environmental allergies or other ENT ca... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
That Depends: I assume you are referring to topical hydrocortisone. If your eczema is well controlled, you do not need to taper off a topical, but when you do, the... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
Eliminate & steroids: Finding the allergy causing the atopy, such as topical products or foods is the best solution. If this is not an option, or the cause is undetermined,... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
No: Food allergy symptoms will not cause an infection. However some symptoms of food allergy and food intolerance overlap with symptoms of an h pylori inf... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
No: Ppi's cannot cause a food allergy, but they are known to trigger stomach symptoms as a side effect. Talk to the doctor who prescribed them to determin... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
It could: The eye lids are very sensitive to contact allergens and many skin lotions have ingredients that are known to be contact allergens. I would recommend ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
Yes, but don't: It is safe to blow your nose as there are no direct health risks. However, if you blow your nose immediately after dosing, you will decrease the amoun... Read More
A member asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
Allergic Shinners: I assume you refer to dark circles under the eyes. These are called allergic shiners, but they can be caused by multiple things. They can be caused by... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
Sounds like Hives: Sounds like you are having hives, and that may be due to an allergy, but frequently it is non-allergic. If you are having difficulty finding a consist... Read More
A 72-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
Could be allergies: The symptoms you are having can be due to allergies and allergies to feathers can trigger them, but there are many allergens that could be responsible... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
Yes: Food allergies can cause a release of histamine in the body triggering an itch. Typically there are other symptoms as well. Isolated itch without rash... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
Yes: Food allergy can present in several different organ systems. Digestive symptoms is only one. Skin rashes such as hives or eczema may be a presentation... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
See an allergies: Food allergies allergies are easily confused with intolerance and other reactions. I recommend seeing a board certified allergist. They will do a thor... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
Tincture of time: Scars from bug bites should resolve over time. Good skin care with moisturizers and uv sun protection can help as well.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
Depends on the cause: Multiple issues can cause a nasal drip from a simple cold to allergies and even other issues such as reflux. Treatment should be based on a full histo... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
No...: According to the information provided by the manufacturer, the device is not made with any metals or alloys. The itchiness you are experiencing is mos... Read More
A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
Not necessarily: Many people report increased mucus quantity or thickness when drinking milk. This is not due to an allergy. Milk allergy rarely present with isolated ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
Dust Mite allergy: Dust mite allergy is an abnormal immune response to the typically benign dust mite protein. Dust mites are present in most houses found in the bedding... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
Eat right: Best thing for a healthy immune system is a good diet and plenty of sleep. With a new baby, the second is difficult, but a good well rounded diet is h... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
Likely reflux: If the lump and spasm feels like it is in the throat, it is most likely reflux. Food allergy can give these symptoms as well but typically there is an... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
Epinephrine: An epi-pen is Epinephrine in a self injecting device.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
Yes: Allergies can develop at any time even if you have been taking the medication regularly. Allergy can be confused with adverse reactions and i recommen... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
No: All current studies show no correlation between eating a food while pregnant and the child developing an allergy to that food.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
Get tested: Food allergies are sometimes difficult to differentiate from adverse reactions. History can be very helpful, but testing is recommended. I recommend a... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
Absolutely: Fin fish are one of the 8 common allergens. It is used in many places you may not expect as well, so i would be very careful reading labels and avoidi... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
Not acutely: The treatment for an acute allergic reaction is epinepherine. Antihistamines can be given after as an adjunct. Steroids do not play a role in the trea... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
Getting easier: Many of my patients have recommended whole foods, wegmans, and trader joes. Fortunately, more stores are recognizing the need to stock allergy friendl... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
Get Tested: There are different types of wheat allergy and you may have an intolerance. Differentiating between these can be done with skin and blood tests perfor... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
Possibly: Most rashes while on antibiotics are more likely due to the body fighting off the infection than a reaction to the antibiotic. Having said this, i rec... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
Hard to say: With the limited information, it is hard to say, but it is unlikely. There are many causes or rashes in infants and food allergy is uncommon unless th... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
If you are sensitive: If you are sensitive to the proteins in these foods, your body makes antibodies that recognize them and set off an allergic reaction. Most foods have ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
Find an alternative: This can make treatment difficult, but luckily there are usually alternative treatments available. Also there are some medication allergies that a boa... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
Probably Not: Your current symptoms are not likely due to your past actions. More likely your work in front of the PC is taking it's toll. I recommend periodic brea... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
A Lot: Depending on the age, there are many options. Medications include over the counter or prescription antihistamine, singulair (montelukast) or nasal ste... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
A protective protien: An antibody is a protein the body's immune system makes to identify potentially harmful substances in the body. Antibodies attach to the substance on ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Wachs
Allergy and Immunology 27 years experience
Hopefully: Children have a good chance of outgrowing their food allergies, but it depends on the type of food, the history of reaction, the level of sensitivity,... Read More

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Dec 16, 2012
I came to Dr. Wachs with severe allergy symptoms that were affecting my quality of life. The doctor took the time to answer all my questions and addressed my concerns about taking medications. After b...Read More
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Wachs is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Wachs is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you so much! This is extremely helpful. I'll be seeing an allergist for testing very soon but in the meantime, things are a bit complicated! ;)
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Everyone else so vague. Thanks for the details. Exactly what I was looking for :)
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! Thanks a lot

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Graduated 1995MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, NJ
Graduated 1995MD

Residency

USAF Medical Center, Keesler Air Force Base

Residency

Keesler Medical Center

Affiliations

Garden State Allergy and Asthma Center
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