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Elgin area patients ask about the diagnosis and treatment of Allergic Rhinitis

Dr. Noga Askenazi at Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates - Food Allergy Center of Illinoi explains about the diagnosis and treatment of Allergic Rhinitis
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Allergic rhinitis is also commonly known as hay fever, seasonal allergies, or nasal allergies. Allergens, such as pollen, pet dander, or even mold trigger the body to release a chemical that causes the symptoms. When people suffering from allergic rhinitis breathe in these substances, they experience the allergy symptoms.

People with hay fever suffer from an allergic reaction to pollen that can be found in plants, trees, grasses, and weeds. Symptoms are largely dependent on the amount of pollen in the air. On windy, hot, dry days, there tends to be more pollen in the air than cool, damp days.

Common symptoms of hay fever include:

  • Itchiness of the eyes, nose, mouth, throat, or skin
  • Difficulty smelling
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Congestion
  • Coughing
  • Sore Throat
  • Stopped up ears
  • Headaches
  • Inflammation around the eyes

Diagnosing allergic rhinitis involves a series of exams. When you come into our office, we will begin with a medical and family history, along with a list of your symptoms. We will then perform a physical exam. Some common questions we may ask include:

  • Do your symptoms change based on time of day or year?
  • Are your symptoms worse around pets?
  • What substances seem to trigger your symptoms?

Skin testing is one of the most common tests we use to determine if you are allergic to pollen or other substances.

Once a diagnosis has been confirmed, we can come up with a treatment plan. One of the best ways to limit allergic reactions is to avoid exposure to the pollen or substances causing them. Although it is often impossible to avoid it completely, you may be able to limit your exposure. During pollen season, try to stay indoors as much as possible.

Medications may also be helpful in treating allergic rhinitis. Some of the most common medications prescribed are antihistamines, corticosteroids, decongestants, or allergy shots.

Many times, children who experience allergies may outgrow them over time as their immune system becomes desensitized to the trigger. Patients who suffer from pollen allergies often experience symptoms long term.

It is important to contact us if your symptoms become severe, if they do not respond to treatment, or if your current treatment is no longer working. To get more information on treating allergic reactions for patients in the Elgin area, call us today.

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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.