Your Elgin, IL pediatric/allergy immunologist can help manage hay fever
Seasonal allergies, also called hay fever, can put you on the sidelines, feeling miserable. The condition known as allergic rhinitis causes a number of very unpleasant symptoms, including:
- Coughing and sneezing
- Runny nose
- Itchy, watery, irritated eyes
- An itchy throat or nose, and itchy skin
- Sore throat
- Congested ears
It is not so much the presence of these symptoms, but their persistence and severity create problems. They occur in response to triggers such as mold, pet dander, and pollen. Hay fever is a seasonal allergic rhinitis that occurs on dry, hot, windy days when pollen is abundant in the air.
How your Elgin, IL pediatric/allergy immunologist helps with hay fever
There is no one better than an allergy specialist to assist you in managing seasonal allergies. Dr. Askenazi and Dr. Hahn provide care in which an accurate diagnosis guides treatment. This is achieved through comprehensive examination. At Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates/Food Allergy Center of Illinois, we conduct a thorough family and medical history and formulate an exhaustive list of your symptoms before performing an exam. Some of the information we want to know includes:
- How symptoms change from day to day or throughout the year
- If allergic symptoms worsen around animals
- If allergic symptoms worsen in response to certain substances
One of the most common diagnostic assessments performed to identify potential triggers is skin testing. By performing the appropriate tests, we are able to formulate a treatment plan that should produce the desired effect. Most patients are advised to limit their exposure to identified triggers, such as pollen, as much as possible. Daily Pollen Count can be found here.
Relief from hay fever and other allergic rhinitis conditions may also come from medications such as decongestants, corticosteroids, antihistamines, and allergy shots.
Pollen allergies often persist for the long-term, whereas other types of allergic rhinitis, especially in children, may resolve as the immune system becomes less sensitized to triggers as it matures.
If you experience a severe allergic reaction to pollen or any other substance, it is important to obtain prompt medical attention. Allergic symptoms that do not improve with your current treatment should be assessed by your allergy immunologist at Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates/Food Allergy Center of Illinois.
Get the help you need for hay fever and other allergies. Call our office at 847 888 8802.