Blog Archive

Our staff at Narberth Allergy and Asthma May 29th, 2019

We are very blessed for a great team here at Narberth Allergy and Asthma. We are aiming to create a welcoming atmosphere in our office. Every patient will receive friendly, personalized and respectful treatment starting with the first phone call. Together with her team of medical assistants and nurses, Dr....

How Does Medicare Cover Allergies? May 23rd, 2019

Do you suffer from allergies? The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology lists allergies as the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the United States. Each year over 50 million people in the U.S. alone suffer from allergies. Considering the vast number of people who suffer from allergies, it...

Dr. Bowser was named Top Doc again by Philadelphia magazine 2019 Apr 28th, 2019

Philadelphia magazine just came out with its TopDoc edition 2019. Dr. Corinna Bowser of Narberth Allergy and Asthma was listed again as on of the top allergists in the Philadelphia region. Since starting her own practice in 2013, she has won awards as Top doctor in Philadelphia and Main Line...

Dr. Bowser voted “Top Doc” in Allergy 4 Years in a Row Sep 30th, 2017

…by her peers as published in Main Line Today. This is a big honor particularly in this first year of existence of Narberth Allergy and Asthma. Dr. Bowser always strives to respect patient preferences while providing the best up-to-date care for allergies and related problems. She is very well liked by...

Done With Steroids for Eczema? Try Wet Wraps and Other Alternative Treatments Aug 9th, 2017

Eczema is an annoying and ongoing condition. Doctors will usually prescribe topical steroid creams like hydrocortisone for treatment. But are there alternatives? These medicated creams and ointments obviously have side effects when used long term. How else can this annoying itchy skin condition be treated? What causes eczema? To further...

Think You or Your Children Have Penicillin Allergy? The Truth May Surprise You. Jul 6th, 2017

If you or your child have a penicillin allergy, that’s a bad thing. If you get sick and really need an antibiotic, you’ll be denied one of the most effective, cheapest, lowest-side-effect options out there. But is it really penicillin allergy? A new study suggests that many people don’t actually...

What Makes a Good Doctor? Apr 9th, 2017

As a physician, mother and patient, I have seen the role of physicians from many sides. There are many stories about good and bad doctors, I am striving to be one of the good ones. But what actually makes a good doctor? There is no foolproof formula for being a...

The New Peanut Allergy Prevention Guidelines Are Out – And It’s Not What You Expected Feb 26th, 2017

For many years, the guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended introducing peanuts later in life (not within the first 2-3 years, at least). In the United States, we have seen an increase in peanut allergy despite (or maybe because of) these recommendations. Other nations, such as Israel, have...

Why does my skin itch? – 5 common causes of itchy rash Jan 22nd, 2017

It’s that time of year again when itchy skin becomes a problem. As an allergist, I see many patients with the complaint of “itchy rash”. But allergies are not always to blame. The first question I ask is “is there a rash?” An itch without a rash is rarely caused by...

10 Ways Our Modern World May Cause Your Allergies Jan 5th, 2017

Why are allergies on the rise? Why do so many children and adults have food allergies, asthma and hay fever? What are we doing wrong? Here we discuss 10 reasons contributing to increased allergies in our modern society. Caesarian birth Delivery by C section seems to increase risk for allergies in children. Passing...

Contact Allergy – Allergen of The Year! Dec 20th, 2016

Every year the American Contact Dermatitis Society elects a “contact allergen of the year”. These are contact allergens can be found in cosmetics, jewelry, household and work products. We often have no idea that these contact allergens may be a problem. Not everybody is affected by contact allergy, only people who are...

3 Tips to Reduce Christmas Tree Allergy Dec 14th, 2016

Christmas season is a time of lights, ornaments, parties and of course, Christmas trees. Many people experience Christmas tree allergy symptoms like sneezing, congestion and itching when they put up the tree. But it’s not tree pollen which irritates allergy sufferers (Tree pollen season is mainly during spring – at least...

EpiPen price soars to new high Aug 26th, 2016

School is about to start again, and many students need their epinephrine autoinjector refilled. But patients have been telling me about their shock when they tried to pick up their prescription and were told the EpiPen price is between $300-$700, depending on their insurance. Even with a manufacturer coupon, this...

Moving to new location on Montgomery Ave! Jun 9th, 2016

Finally, Narberth Allergy and Asthma is moving to a larger location! Starting July 1, we’ll be seeing patients in our new location on 822 Montgomery Ave, Suite 318. This locxation offers easier access, parking and bigger facility to accommodate our practice growth. Please bear with us while we make this...

Congratulations to MLGBA basketball teams on a great season. Mar 14th, 2016

Narberth Allergy sponsored two teams in Main Line Girls Basketball Association again. Dr. Corinna Bowser also coached 1st/2nd and 6th grade. “The goal is to teach these girls the fun of exercising and playing basketball. Of course everybody wants to win, but being a member of a team and working...

Dr. Bowser named Top Doc again and featured in Main Line Today Jan 8th, 2016

This is the third time in a row that Dr. Bowser was named Main Line Top doc. We appreciate the trust of patients and referring physicians in Dr. Bowser and Narberth Allergy and Asthma. Dr. Bowser was interviewed about “going out on her own” in a time when many physicians work...

The best reward! Oct 9th, 2015

For me the best reward is when a patient is getting better. Today one of my patients called to thank me. She had been suffering from allergies every year in spring and fall to the degree that she always felt sick and tired during that time. After getting allergy shots...

Exciting news! Dr. Green and Dr. Bowser in the process of merging! Sep 24th, 2015

Dr. Linda Green and Dr. Corinna Bowser are in the process of merging their practices. This will result in numerous changes as noted below. Office hours have been changed in the Havertown office (850 W. Chester Pike, Havertown, PA 19083) as follows: Mondays (Dr. Bowser):        9:00 am – 6:00...

Penicillin skin testing can slow the development antibiotic resistance! Apr 8th, 2015

Antibiotic resistance is on the rise. That means in the near future there will be more and more infections with bacteria we can not effectively treat. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year at least two million illnesses and 23,000 deaths are caused by antibiotic-resistant...

Narberth Allergy and Asthma is turning “2”! Apr 1st, 2015

Today we are celebrating our 2 year anniversary. Narberth Allergy and Asthma was started April 1, 2013 by Dr. Corinna Bowser.  We are happy to say “that we have grown” in many ways! After first subleasing from the Coordinated Health Center on 104 Forrest Ave, we now have moved into...

Prevention of allergies in early childhood – NEW RESEARCH Mar 18th, 2015

A recent study (N Engl J Med. 2015 Feb 26;372(9):803-13) questions the current guidelines on early childhood nutrition. The study supports the introduction of peanuts at the age of 4 to 11 months since early introduction of peanuts dramatically decreased the risk of developing peanut allergy in the future. The old guidelines from...

Dr. Bowser supports local girls’ basketball Feb 2nd, 2015

…directly by coaching a team of first and second graders playing in the MLGBA (Main line girls association) and indirectly by sponsoring MLGBA. Narberth Allergy and Asthma is involved in multiple local events by helping the Narberth business association, sponsoring the Narberth community theater and local schools by buying ads in...

Corinna Bowser Awarded Top Doctor 2014 by Main Line Today Nov 25th, 2014

We are pleased to report that Dr. Corinna Bowser has been honored as a Top Doctor for the second year in a row by Main Line Today! She also won a Patient Choice Award for 2014. Dr. Bowser says: “It means a lot to me if patients feel well taken care of, and that...

Did your mother tell you you are allergic to penicillin? Does Penicillin allergy run in your family? Nov 18th, 2014

In a recent study, 94% of 384 people who thoughty they were allergic to penicillin were negative on skin testing and challenge for penicillin allergy. In another study, 100% of 38 patients who thought they were allergic to penicillin tested negative to penicillin. These studies were presented over the last...

Witches of Narberth at Narberth Allergy and Asthma Oct 27th, 2014

One of the many great events in Narberth aside from the Dickens festival and Narberth Oktoberfest is “Witches of Narberth”. Last weekend, over 500 children and their parents were searching for witches in the local stores. Check out the witches at Narberth Allergy and Asthma

How well are your allergies REALLY controlled? Jul 7th, 2014

I often see patients who tell me there allergies and asthma are well controlled. But upon more extensive questioning, I learn more. Some actually avoid going outside. They can’t exercise, and are unable to enjoy barbecues and picnics outside. Some avoid spending time with friends and family who own animals due to their...

Narberth Allergy and Asthma Celebrates 1 Year in Existence Apr 22nd, 2014

April 1, 2013, we saw our first patient at Narberth Allergy and Asthma!!! Since then the practice experienced a steady growth and we are excited to report a couple of changes in the first year. We now offer appointments at two locations: Narberth, in the Coordinated Health Center on Forrest...

Listen up, grass pollen and ragweed allergy sufferers … Apr 9th, 2014

The FDA has just approved a new kind of therapy for people with allergies to grass and ragweed pollen. Grass and ragweed pollen-allergic patients usually have sneezing, watery eyes, cough, nasal congestion, throat itch and maybe wheezing from early May through August(grass) and August 15-December (ragweed) in the Philadelphia area....

Truth or Lie? Allergy Myths and Truths Explained… Mar 2nd, 2014

Dr. Bowser will give a talk about common misconceptions in the field of allergy to the JUNIOR WOMEN’S CLUB OF NARBERTH this Thursday 3/6/14 at 8:15 pm at the Narberth Library (girl scouts room). She’ll be discussing gluten allergy, food allergies, radiocontrast allergies and much more. Please stop by if...

Mondays now in Havertown! Feb 21st, 2014

Dr. Bowser will start seeing patients in Havertown on Mondays starting February 24, 2014. Hours will be from 9-12 and 1-6. The phone number and fax number will stay the same. You will also still have the opportunity to schedule appointments online through our website. The address is 850 W....

“I don’t like to take medications…I’d rather take something natural/herbal” Dec 23rd, 2013

We all know that every medication has a side effect. It’s printed on the paper that comes with the medication. Some of the side effects sound scary and make us not want to take medications. Unfortunately sometimes it is necessary for us to medicate ourselves somehow. Some conditions – if...

I am allergic to penicillin – what now? Dec 19th, 2013

Many people are allegedly allergic to penicillin. Their mother had told them so….When they were little they had an infection, received some penicillin antibiotic and developed a rash….Their parent/sibling/cousin is allergic to penicillin so they are afraid they are as well (“it runs in the family”). Does any of these...

Pollution is making pollen worse for us! Oct 5th, 2013

Did you know that pollution has been shown to increase the “stress level” in some plants. That in turn causes higher amounts of allergen particles – which then “stresses” the allergy sufferer. Another interesting effect we see is thunderstorm related asthma exacerbations. It seems that rain is good to clear...

Allergy Shots REALLY Help! Sep 16th, 2013

For all you allergy sufferers out there who load up on antihistamines until they can hardly stay awake and still suffer with throat itching, sneezing, congestion, wheezing and runny eyes, there is something better out there for allergies. And it is not even a daily medication. It has no long-term...

Self-Treatment for Allergies Jul 30th, 2013

Yes, I really understand it…it’s hard to get an appointment with a doctor, even more with the one you like… or who knows what he/she is doing. I addition, every time you go to the doctor it costs money and time. So you think, “allergies are not life-threatening” I can...

When Should I Start My Allergy Meds? May 5th, 2013

I have been asked by several patients and friends on what the best time is to start allergy meds for springtime allergies. The truth is: it’s difficult to say. Last year, you should have started at the end of February. But this year…. we are waiting for the next snow...

Why do Amish children have fewer allergies? Mar 3rd, 2013

Many patients have asked me how allergies can be prevented in their children. Sometimes, I have jokingly answered: keep a dog and a cow in your house as pets. Well, here is the scientific side of my answer. There seems to be some truth that our lives are too clean...

Can you cure allergies with local honey? Feb 21st, 2013

WebMD asked me whether honey could help against allergies caused by pollen. There are some studies from the laboratory that have given people hope that this is a potential non-medicinal treatment approach. But the reality is that you can’t apply those lab findings to patients: “Bowser says she doesn’t consider...