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Dr. Alyson Simpson

Allergy and Immunology
Havertown, PA
18 years experience female

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Office

Wynnewood, PA

Address

Suite 551 East, Wynnewood, PA
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Tuesday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
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Media, PA

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Havertown, PA

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Allergy and Immunology

Pediatrics

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39 Answers
17 Agrees
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alyson Simpson
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
Don't stress: I agree that you don't need to give your baby water but starting with 1 ounce every day and slowly increasing to 4 ounces/day can be a nice way to int... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alyson Simpson
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
Contact urticaria: Contact urticaria is a syndrome in which hives are caused by a variety of compounds, such as foods, preservatives, fragrances, plant and animal produc... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alyson Simpson
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
Differences: Autoimmune disease is a general term to refer to multiple causes of inflammation often caused by a molecule in your body attacking some organ- such a... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alyson Simpson
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
No: Swollen lips are not always secondary to an allergic reaction. This can occur after exposure to food allergy or another allergic trigger but it can a... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alyson Simpson
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
Depends : It depends on the antihistamine. There are fast acting antihistamines such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and Atarax also known as Diphenhydramine and... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alyson Simpson
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
Depends: Crab allergy is a shellfish allergy and can develop at any time during adulthood. Why some adults can consume crabs their entire life without any pro... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alyson Simpson
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
Irritant induced : I agree with the answer above. It is not uncommon for patients with vasomotor rhinitis to compain of increased mucous and drainage when exposed to pe... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alyson Simpson
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
Yes: Once the blue safety cap has been removed, it will not be visible on the cap of the pen. If you see the blue cap on the pen, you need to remove it to... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alyson Simpson
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
History and testing: The best way to determine whether a patient has food allergy is to get a good history. We can perform skin testing and check blood levels to specific... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alyson Simpson
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
Yes: In order to be board-certified in pediatrics, a physician has to pass as the board exams to be licensed in the state, complete an accredited pediatric... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alyson Simpson
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
Multiple causes: Welts or hives on the skin are usually triggered by increased allergy cell activation (mast cells) that release histamine. If present for less than 6... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alyson Simpson
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
Antihistamines: The best treatment for hayfever involving itching, sneezing, and congestion includes a steroid or antihistamine nasal spray or a combination of the ab... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alyson Simpson
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
Supportive care: Swelling and redness solely around the sting is also known as a large local reaction. Cold compresses, topical steroid creams, and oral antihistamine... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alyson Simpson
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
Chicken allergy: Chicken allergy is an immunologic reaction to consumption of chicken. Some children will have a condition known as food protein induced enterocolitis... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alyson Simpson
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
IgE level: Ige is an antibody increased in patients with allergies. Allergen specific ige levels often increase after exposure to a trigger such as a food, poll... Read More
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alyson Simpson
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
Hives: If you are looking for a medicine to start while waiting to follow up with an allergist or dermatologist, i prefer zyrtec 10 mg at night otherwise kno... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alyson Simpson
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
Depends: Some patients will only react to scrambled eggs while tolerating eggs in baked goods. When the egg allergen is baked, it changes the nature of the al... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alyson Simpson
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
Immunoglobulin A: Immunoglobulin a is an antibody that plays a critical in mucosal immunity found in mucosal secretions, tears, saliva, breast milk, the gastrointestina... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alyson Simpson
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
Tree nut allergy: Tree nut allergy is an immune mediated allergic reaction that occurs after consumption of tree nuts- the list includes many nuts such as walnuts, peca... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alyson Simpson
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
Walnut allergy: Walnut allergy is an immune mediated allergic reaction to the walnut molecule itself that can cause multiple symptoms including hives, itch, swelling,... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alyson Simpson
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
Breast milk: First i would consult with your pediatrician immediately if your newborn has never stooled as this may involve more than diet. Breast milk is digeste... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alyson Simpson
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
Dry skin: Sounds like the skin of your hands are very dry and that you may be prone to eczema. Soap can be very irritating to the skin so i would focus more on... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alyson Simpson
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
No: Astelin is an antihistamine nasal spray that works within 1-2 days to provide symptom relief of nasal congestion, post nasal drip, and sneeze. It is ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alyson Simpson
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
Depends: I agree with the above answers. Most food allergies including egg, milk, soy, and wheat allergy resolve over time. However, some studies suggest tha... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alyson Simpson
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
Multiple reasons: There is still a lot of research on this topic. And multiple environmental and genetic factors. Some studies suggest that touching certain foods prio... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alyson Simpson
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
Anaphylaxis kit: An anaphylaxis kit generally contains the medications needed to treat acute anaphylaxis. Epi-pen is standard of care for treating anaphylaxis and sho... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Alyson Simpson
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
Sore throat: A sore throat without associated nasal congestion could be viral or bacterial. It's helpful to know if you have associated fever, abdominal pain, hea... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alyson Simpson
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
Depends: Some women swell during pregnancy and will naturally lose more weight in the first few months of breastfeeding. Most mothers who are breastfeeding lo... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alyson Simpson
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
IgA serum: Iga is an antibody that plays a critical role in mucosal immunity including protection against sinus, ear, and lung infections. It is the main antibo... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alyson Simpson
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
Diet: Improving diet can be helpful. Increase your intake of water and sugar free drinks. Eating smaller, more frequent meals so you have less cravings at... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alyson Simpson
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
24 hours: In general, Prednisone has effects that last for 24 hours. Some physicians choose to divide the daily dose into twice daily dosing to space out side ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alyson Simpson
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
Routine: Sometimes cluster feeding in the evening before bed can help and if your pediatrician agrees, this could be a good time to start introducing fruits an... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alyson Simpson
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
Multiple causes: Bumps on the skin that itch is a non-specific rash that suggests allergy. The bumps may be large and evanescent (come and go within 24 hours) more ch... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alyson Simpson
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
Autoimmune: Autoantibody to centromere proteins scl-70, topoisomerase 1, found in patients with autoimmune disease and more specific for the autoimmune disease cr... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alyson Simpson
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
No: I agree that acne is a hormonal problem but there are some studies to suggest that certain foods such as chocolate and fattier foods can exacerbate sy... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alyson Simpson
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
Different allergens: If you have already consumed chicken and tolerated it, then you should be able to continue eating it. Chicken and egg allergy are different proteins ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alyson Simpson
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
Depends: Agree. Patients with egg allergy receive most immunizations in their pediatrician's office including MMR vaccine. There are, however, some vaccines ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alyson Simpson
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
Www.foodallergy.org: I agree with the above answer. Most food products are required to indicate whether there is milk or egg protein in the packaging. A good website to ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Alyson Simpson
Allergy and Immunology 18 years experience
Depends: Hives can be acute and last less than 1 day- 1 week or they can be chronic lasting greater than 6 weeks. Acute hives often have a trigger- such as fo... Read More
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Dec 6, 2012
Dr. Simpson is able to practice the true art of medicine, being able to form excellent patient-physician relationships while relaying her excellent medical knowledge. Diligent and caring, she has an ...Read More
Nov 27, 2012
With her compassion, diligence, and medical knowledge, Dr. Simpson is a physician that I fully endorse. I would recommend any patient with disorders within the field of Allergy and Immunology to her ...Read More
Reading Dr. Simpson's responses is like having a mini fellowship in allergy/immunology. I learned a lot in the past 15 minutes. Intelligent, thoughtful and well said. Highly recommend.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! DR. SIMPSON.... I WAS TOLD I HAD ACID REFLUX IS THIS POSSIBLE WITH A COUGH AND SOME SHORTNESS OF BREATH. I HAD THE BUTEROLS AND THEY DID NOT WORK.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank you, I will deff make an appointment to see someone now!
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Helpful, detailed info on the types of allergic reactions to penicillin. Thanks.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, IL
Graduated 2004MD

Medical/Graduate school

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Graduated 2004MD

Medical/Graduate school

Northwestern University
Graduated 2000MD

Residency

Alfred I. DuPont Hospital For Children

Awards

Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Beta Kappa
Top Allergist and Immunologist, Second Place, Pennsylvania - Spring
2015
HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Klein Allergy

Publications

Association Between Peanut Allergy and Asthma Morbidity
The acceptability of a four-part protocol for penicillin allergy testing by practicing allergists
Food allergy and asthma morbidity in children
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