Dr. Thomas Klein

Allergy and Immunology
Havertown, PA
43 years experience male

Locations

Thomas E Klein, MD PC

Wynnewood, PA

Address

100 E Lancaster Ave, Suite 551 East, Wynnewood, PA
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Office

Havertown, PA

Thomas E Klein, MD PC

Havertown, PA

About

Bio

I have been practicing adult and pediatric Allergy and Clinical Immunology for 27 years. My interests include treating severe asthma, hay fever, eczema, hives, food allergy, drug allergy and stinging insect allergy.

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Allergy and Immunology

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372 Answers
171 Agrees
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Benadryl (diphenhydramine): Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is better than zantac. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is an h1 blocker, zantac is not. I like Allegra more than Benadryl (diphe... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Decongestants: Decongestants will help if your sinuses are clogged. Be aware that decongestants can cause an increase in your blood pressure and other side effects ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Be very careful: Benadryl (diphenhydramine) impairs your driving skills and so could alcohol. Both together is like adding one plus one and getting three. Cut back o... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
No: Caladryl has Benadryl (diphenhydramine) in it but calamine does not. Do not use caladryl or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) lotion on your skin because th... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Could be : Hives can occur anywhere on the body. Hives are red, raised, itchy areas that come and go and vary in size. They can be caused by a variety of issue... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Moldy areas: Aspergillus is a mold and would be found in damp areas. Indoors it may be found it wet basements, areas where a roof might have leaked, or in wet soi... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Yes: If stevens-johnson syndrome (sjs) is advanced and widespread then an extreme loss of fluid may occur comparable to a sever burn. Infection can set in... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Yes: Rarely Coumadin (warfarin) can cause wheezing but i would be more concerned with a pulmonary embolism causing respiratory symptoms including wheezing.... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Not normal: A wheeze when you exhale is usually a sign of asthma but could be due to other things. I recommend that you get checked.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Remove the mold: To remove the mold odor you must remove the mold and reduce dampness. Keep the basement at a relative humidity between 35-45% by using a dehumidifier... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Abdominal pain: Abdominal pain would be severe. Anemia can show up on a blood test. The capsule surrounding the spleen maybe torn and some symptoms and even blood t... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Yes: Avoid wheat barley and rye.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Inhaled allergy: Allergy to inhaled pollen, dust, mold or pets can cause ear fluid build up behind the ear drum, also called serous otitis media (som). Som could lea... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Urticaria: Hives can be due to many things including: 1. Allergies to pollens, mold, dust, food, drugs and bee stings 2. Infections like hepatitis 3. Autoimmu... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Autoantibodies: Thyroid antibodies are autoantibodies that are found in 7% of the general population. They attack the thyroid. They are increased in hoshimoto's thy... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Reflux or infection: Inspiratory wheezing usually means obstruction high up in the airway. A foreign body is possible. Croup and epiglottis can do that but it would not be... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Not so fast: Your rash and the ingestion of chicken may have been coincidental. See an allergist to get skin tested. Chicken allergy is rare and i bet there is s... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Contact allergy: Bed bugs tend to cause red raised bumps that show up in clusters and even straight lines. Dust mites do not bite. A contact dermatitis is a reaction... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
? bed bugs: Terrible itching could be due to many things. Hives can cause itching and be due to: 1. Allergies to pollens, mold, dust, food, drugs and bee stings ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Blood typing: Rh is a protein found on red blood cells (rbc's). Rh screening is used in blood typing. If the protein is found on rbc's than it is termed rh positi... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Yes: Contact dermatitis can cause red and itchy skin. Contact dermatitis can be due to a hand cream, soap, cosmetic, etc. Treatment includes removing the ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Eczema: It may be eczema which is a dry skin condition that could be caused by allergies. Indoor dry heat could aggravate eczema. If you are asthmatic then ... Read More
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Hives: Hives can cause red itchy spots. Treatment consists of antihistamines and avoidance of the cause which could be from a variety of problems including ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Not sure: How high were the igm levels? Igm is an immune protein that fights infections. It is good to have igm but if it is excessively high it could mean th... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Heart failure: The first item to rule out is heart failure. Low protein in the blood stream could cause swelling but that would occur in other parts of the body als... Read More
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A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Tic? habit?: A sudden inspiration without associated shortness of breath could be a tic or a type of habit. If there are repetitive non stop sudden breaths that w... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Immune protein: There are 5 classes of immune proteins: igg, iga, igm, ige and igd. Igm fights infection. If you produce too little then infections may occur and y... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Yes: All infections are contagious. After about 24 hrs of antibiotic treatment the infection should not be contagious.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Peak flow meters: Spirometry is helpful to check on lung function. It is easily done as an outpatient and can also be done as an inpatient. A peak flow meter can also... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Zyrtec (cetirizine): If you mean "on top" of allegra, (fexofenadine) or in addition to Allegra (fexofenadine) to reduce itching i would recommend zyrtec. Allegra (fexofen... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Many causes: Possible causes: 1. Allergies to pollens, mold, dust, food, drugs and bee stings 2. Infections like hepatitis 3. Autoimmunity 4. Complement defici... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Healthy diet: Healthy diets and lifestyles are important. Do not use street drugs or tobacco and use alcohol only in moderation. Also of importance - wash your ha... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Antihistamines: Eliminate the possible cause but I do not think it is sugar related. Corn allergy is possible and can be diagnosed with a skin test by an allergist. ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Skin tests usually: Allergies can be identified by allergy tests. The best allergy test is a skin test. It is safe and reliable. The next best allergy test is a blood t... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Allergies: Allergies in the chest can cause shortness of breath and chest discomfort. Allergies can also cause a postnasal drip and that can cause a scratchy th... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Not the same bug: You probably have allergies that cause recurrent symptoms that mimic colds. Allergies can cause chronic symptoms like headaches, sinus congestion, sn... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
See below: The majority of sinus infections (as well as ear infections) are caused by viruses and do not require an antibiotic. Medicines to promote mucus drain... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
See your doctor: Asthma can cause a chronic cough and chest pain. Coughing itself due to any reason can cause a pulled chest muscle and more chest pain. You may need... Read More
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A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Coincidence: Loratadine should not cause difficulty breathing. I wonder if there was an allergy cause to your shortness of breath (perhaps spring grass pollen) a... Read More
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Steroid spray: When antihistamines don't work for allergies my next step is to usually recommend steroid . Nasal sprays. I recommend that you call your doctor or s... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
No allergy: If you eat peanut butter and have no reactions then you do not have an allergy to peanuts.
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Disk disease: Cervical disk disease (a pinched nerve) could cause the numbness and a neck x-ray would be helpful as a start before worrying about ms. The sinusitis... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Bed bugs: Bed bugs strike in linear streaks and cause a lot of itching. It is usually not painful. Spider bites could cause more pain but usually they don't c... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Medicines and shots: Allergy treatments can include medicines such as antihistamines, decongestants, nasal sprays and also allergy injections.
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
No: A pinched nerve should not cause redness or swelling unless something else is going. Compression of the venous return from the area in question can c... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Yes, possibly: An allergy to advil (ibuprofen) can cause hives. If hives have another underlying cause then advil (ibuprofen) may exacerbate the underlying hive pro... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Medicine: An asthma inhaler could be a bronchodilator or a steroid designed to open the lungs. It could come in a pressurized canister, via a nebulizer or via ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Saline sprays: Saline sprays may be helpful. Do not use decongestants. Over the counter antihistamines like Claritin (loratadine) and zyrtec are relatively safe du... Read More
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A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
See below: You may need to switch to advair via a metered dose inhaler also called a puffer (for example, advair 115). It is possible that the medicine in the d... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Klein
Allergy and Immunology 43 years experience
Find the cause: Sinus headaches may be due to allergies or a sinus infection. An allergist can help sort this out. Decongestants may help but they can also cause in... Read More
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Dec 2, 2012
I endorse this doctor. Thomas Klein is a wonderful physician who provides top quality of care and makes himself accessible to all patients whenever in need. He evaluates their overall situation and ...Read More
Jan 8, 2013
Dr. Klein is a remarkable and welcomed addition to the Avvo community. His answers are not only succinct and accurate, but they show just how much he cares for his profession and his patients. I am ...Read More
Dec 2, 2012
With extensive experience in the field of Allergy and Immunology, Dr. Klein carries many strengths, including medical knowledge, care/compassion, and the ability to nuture an excellent patient-physici...Read More
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! That was an excellext answer...I never thought that those few mornings i woke up with a dry mouth that this was a probable diagnosis.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Lisinapril caused me thisproblem . Amnow on losarton with same problems but to a lesser degree. Itake norco daily. Will stop norco now for a week
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Your answer was more helpful then what her previous pediatrician told me. Thank you very much.....

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Albany Medical College
Graduated 1980MD

Residency

Zucker Hillside Hospital, LIJ Medical Center

Residency

Zucker Hillside Hospital, LIJ Medical Center

Awards

Top Doc, Main Line Today Magazine
Intern of the Year Awar
Superb Rating by Avvo

Affiliations

American College of Asthma, Allergy & Immunology
Philadelphia Allergy Society
Pennsylvania Allergy and Asthma Association

Publications

USMLE Step 3 Outline Review, Fifth edition, Chapter 6, Immunology and Allergy, McGraw-Hill, New York, New York, 2007 pp...
USMLE Step 2 Outline Review, Fifth edition, Chapter 7, Immunology and Allergy, McGraw-Hill, New York, New York, 2007 pp...
USMLE Step 3 Outline Review, Fourth edition, Chapter 6, Immunology and Allergy, McGraw-Hill, New York, New York, 2004, ...
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