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Allergist near Barrington, IL explains that avoidance is one of the best methods for treating allergies

At Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates, our goal is for all of our patients to enjoy life without being bothered by persistent symptoms. Once we have identified allergies, we can begin the process of treating them through one of the three basic principles: avoidance, medication, or immunotherapy.

Avoidance is one of the best forms of allergy treatments, but can be tricky, depending on the allergen. Things like pollen, mold spores, and house dust are difficult to eliminate completely.

Pollens and molds are seasonal and vary greatly depending on weather and the time of the year. Some methods for reducing pollen exposure are:

  • Close the windows during pollen season and on windy days.
  • Avoid yard work during pollen season. If unavoidable, wear a pollen mask and shower and change clothes immediately afterward.
  • Use saline eye drops to wash out your eyes, avoid rubbing them.
  • Wash your face and hands after outdoor exposure.

Methods for reducing exposure to indoor mold include:

  • Take care of any water leaks or damp areas.
  • Clean and replace air filters regularly.
  • Keep all surfaces in the bathroom dry and clean.
  • Eliminate carpet in wet areas such as bathroom and laundry room.
  • Keep windowsills dry.

Pets and animal dander are common allergens. You can become allergic to the skin, saliva and waste products from your pet. The following tips can help control common animal allergens if you can’t remove the pet from your home.

  • Keep them out of the bedroom as much as possible.
  • Wash and groom the pet frequently.
  • Wash hands immediately after playing with your pet.

If you live near Barrington, IL and would like to learn more tips for controlling exposure to common allergens, call us today at (847) 888-8802 Back to Allergy Treatment Page

Dr. Noga Askenazi, Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates

Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates

Dr. Noga Askenazi | Dr. Eugenia Hahn | Meredith Cirrincione

Dr. Noga Askenazi is a nationally recognized asthma and allergy specialist who is board certified in pediatric and adult allergy. Her areas of special interest are innovative treatment of rashes, sinusitis, food allergies, asthma and immune disorders. She was past President of the ISAAI (Illinois Society of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology), works on state and national committees for advancement of the allergy field and is a consultant for Advocate, AMITA, Northwestern amongst other health care systems. Her joy is helping patients reach their goals after together determining best treatments. Her staff and patients are a chosen family, and she invests in their happiness. She enjoys gardening, biking and cooking to good music.


Dr. Eugenia Hahn is a highly recognized board certified allergist and immunologist who treats patients of all ages. Her areas of special interest are food allergy, eczema, and asthma. She is president of the Illinois Society of Allergy & Asthma, a National Committee leader of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, a member of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology working on new treatment options for patients. She is a consultant for Advocate, Northwestern, AMITA, Northwest Community healthcare systems amongst many others. Her patients mean everything to her as she takes pride in finding the why behind the problem. She enjoys reading and spending time with her family.


Meredith Cirrincione is a board certified Physician Assistant and specializes in treating allergies, with a focus on asthma, rashes, environmental allergies, chemical and food allergies. She holds a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from The Chicago Medical School - Rosalind Franklin University of Health Sciences. She is a Fellow member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Illinois Academy of Physician Assistants, and the Association of PAs in Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. She likes to approach things holistically. She is a strong patient advocate and adored by her patients. She enjoys singing, reading, cooking, and the great outdoors.