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Your Elgin, IL pediatric/allergy immunologist can help manage hay fever

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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
  • Congestion
  • Itchy, watery, irritated eyes
  • An itchy throat or nose, and itchy skin
  • Sore throat
  • Congested ears
  • Headaches

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 foundĀ 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.

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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.