At Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates in Crystal Lake and Elgin, IL, we understand the constant struggle some of our patients face in their never-ending battle with allergies. Dr. Askenazi and staff are dedicated to helping you fight allergies in your everyday life using environmental, holistic approaches. Dr. Askenazi understand that controlling what you are exposed to ultimately and what you eat makes a difference in your immune health.

A holistic, natural approach to fighting allergies begins with education. Dr. Askenazi and staff feel that it is incredibly important for each of their patients to understand what triggers allergies and how they affect each patient. Once there is an understanding of why a patient is facing allergies, then a holistic relief method can be recommended. This is where the difference between conventional and holistic approaches begins to show – in the treatment.

If you wish to take a holistic approach in your battle against allergies, there are several ways this can be achieved. One favor you can do yourself is acting to avoid allergens which could be a trigger.

Shut Out Breezes

There are days when it feels wonderful outside. The temperature is just right with just enough breeze to get that comfortable air flowing throughout your home. But for those with allergies, this could be a huge trigger. If the pollen count is high or if there are other airborne allergens in the air, you are letting all of those into your home and opening yourself up to a reaction. If this is the case, you should make sure that windows and doors are closed, preventing that outside air from getting in. You can also install a HEPA filter onto your A/C system or a filter on your furnace.

Wear a Mask

If you are triggered by allergens entering through your nasal passageways, then wearing an N95 respirator mask could be the solution. It will keep these allergens from being breathed in while you are in situations where you cannot avoid various allergy triggers, such as when you are outside. The N95 respirator mask has been shown to block up to 95 percent of small particles such as pollen and other allergens.


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Wash Up!

When you get home from a long day, you aren’t necessarily leaving the outside world behind. Outside particles easily adhere to your clothes, hair, and skin. When you come into your home, you are bringing those outside particles in with you and some of them may be triggering your allergies. It will do you well to remember that a shower and a change into clean clothes will allow you to rid yourself of these allergens.

You cannot always avoid allergens, and treatment may be necessary. If you wish to take a holistic, natural approach, then over the counter medications are not an option for you. That doesn’t mean you cannot find a natural treatment that may help.

Go Natural

One of the very best ways to avoid indoor allergens is to keep your home clean. Many household cleaners that are for purchase will contain harsh chemicals that could cause skin or nasal irritation (when breathed in). Research into natural home cleaners using natural ingredients. When looking for a vacuum, look for one that includes a HEPA filter which will trap allergens.

Alternative Treatments

There are numerous herbal treatments out there that are claimed to assist in treating allergies. Currently, one of the most promising (and thoroughly researched) treatments looks to be a butterbur. A butterbur extract called Ze 339, which has been shown to work as well as antihistamine medications. Another well-researched alternative is plant-based Phleum pratense. The staff at Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates may have other suggestions as well that you can try.

Your Diet

Young Lady Taking a Healthy Diet

There are studies being conducted that have linked certain diets to reduced allergies. A study, conducted with children, showed that those who ate fresh veggies, fruits, and nuts, had fewer allergy symptoms. In addition to helping with allergies, it’s just better for your body.

Rinse Out

Performing a nasal rinse will clean the mucus from inside your nasal passage that may have trapped tiny particles or allergens that you have breathed in. You can buy an over the counter rinse kit or make one yourself with a neti pot or nasal bulb.

Dr. Askenazi and staff are committed to helping each patient that walks into Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates lead a life free of irritation caused by allergies. Call today for an appointment and look forward to saying goodbye to your allergy problems!

Dr. Askenazi and staff provide allergy relief using a holistic, natural approach in Crystal Lake, Elgin IL, and the surrounding area. To book an appointment, call (847) 888-8802 today

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Haley Young is a board-certified physician assistant specializing in immunology and allergy with a comprehensive background in neurosurgery and dermatology. Holding a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies from Lincoln Memorial University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Aurora University, she brings a holistic approach to patient care. Haley Young is committed to treating the whole person—mind, body, and spirit, adeptly managing complex conditions like allergic rhinitis, food allergies, and asthma. She is a member of prestigious professional organizations and is dedicated to building trust with her patients, ensuring compassionate and comprehensive care.

Amy Schack, a distinguished board-certified Physician Associate, brings a wealth of expertise to patient care. Specializing in allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, asthma, and rashes, Amy is renowned for her commitment to excellence and compassionate approach. With a background in immediate care and orthopedics, she holds a Master's in Physician Assistant studies from Midwestern University and a Bachelor of Science from Northern Illinois University. A member of esteemed professional associations, including the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Association of PAs in Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, Amy Schack instills confidence, ensuring you can trust her unwavering dedication to your health and well-being.

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.

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, Ascension Health, 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.