Pollen Count

08/19/2022

Tree

Absent

Grass

Absent

Ragweed

Moderate

Total Weed

High

Mold

High
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Allergy Shots versus Allergy Drops

When it comes to treating allergies, there are many options to help you feel better. Different treatments will be recommended by your allergist based on your symptoms and severity. When one thinks of “allergy shots”, they are talking about SCIT or subcutaneous immunotherapy. This method includes getting shots in 2 phases to all the allergens that have been […]

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Ragweed Season Has Started!

Ragweed is a plant that releases pollen from August until the end of September. This year, ragweed season started on August 1st. Typically it starts mid-August so we have an early season. The pollen is microscopic and very light. One ragweed plant can produce 1 billion pollen grains! The pollen can travel over 300 miles […]

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Allergy Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy or Allergy Shots are a preventive treatment for allergic reactions to substances such as pollens, pets, house dust mites, and bee venom. Immunotherapy involves giving gradually increasing doses of the substances, or allergens, to which the person is allergic to. The gradual increase in the amount of allergen will cause the immune system to […]

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Eczema

Chances are that if you live in the Midwest, you have experienced some level of dry skin or itching, especially in the winter. But did you know that some people can experience an actual skin inflammation any time of the year? Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a condition where one can have itchy or […]

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Allergy Fact or Fiction: WGN May 23rd, 2022

Great conversation discussing common myths and facts about seasonal allergies.

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60sec on the Pollen Count- Loyola Medicine

Dr. Shah explaining how the Loyola Medicine pollen count is done!

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Stinging Insect Allergy

Stinging insects are a common cause of allergy and fear for us in the Midwest. While bees tend to receive the brunt of our blame and concern, it is more likely that wasps and hornets will sting us. During the end of summer, stinging insects have minimal food stores and start becoming aggressive. Did you […]

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Gardening & Allergies

Gardening and lawn care are necessary and often enjoyable summertime activities. Playing catch on freshly cut grass or watching seeds become small plants and then bloom into flowers or produce vegetables is very satisfying and fun for all age groups. Unfortunately, with allergies, these small joys can become big problems. During grass pollination season, which […]

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COVID versus Allergy- Chicago Tonight May 02, 2022

Check out the clip from Chicago tonight featuring Dr. Rachna Shah discussing the allergy season and COVID versus Allergy symptoms. https://video.wttw.com/video/it-covid-19-or-allergies-6lfja4/

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What is a food allergy?

What are food allergies? Food allergies are immediate and serious reactions that can occur after eating any food. There are some foods that more often cause issues for people: these are known as the "Top 9 Allergens". These include dairy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat, and most recently sesame. Many times there can be […]

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