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Family Medicine Physician Offers Seasonal Allergy Insight



ACAAI Claims, “More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year.”

Presence Medical Group Family Medicine Physician Offers Seasonal Allergy Insight

Nicole Malek, DO, says, “Treating seasonal allergies starts with identifying one’s triggers.”

April 16, 2018 (Evanston, IL)—It’s that time of the year again…seasonal allergies are upon us. According to the American College of Asthma, Allergy & Immunology (ACAAI), spring allergies begin in February and last until early summer. The ACAAI website also states, “Allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. with an annual cost in excess of $18 billion. More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year.”

Family medicine physician, Nicole Malek, DO, serves on staff at Presence Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston and says, “Some common seasonal allergy symptoms include: itchy and/or water eyes and nose, sneezing and congestion.” Aside from identifying one’s symptoms, another challenge lies in determining whether you are experiencing seasonal allergies or just a cold. “Cold symptoms may involve a cough, fatigue, sore throat, fever and body aches,” says Dr. Malek, so there are some slight differences.

According to ACAAI, seasonal allergy symptoms are typically “caused by allergic sensitivity to pollens from trees, grasses or weeds, or to airborne mold spores.” While allergy symptoms are usually worse during the fall and spring, some people may experience symptoms throughout the entire year. For anyone with seasonal or regular allergy flare ups, Dr. Malek provides the following suggestions to help manage the symptoms:

  • Consult with a physician to learn your triggers and practice avoidance.
  • Keep car/house windows closed when pollen count is high.
  • Take a shower, wash your hair and change clothes after prolonged outdoor activity.
  • Wear a NIOSH-approved N95 mask while doing work outside like mowing the lawn.
  • Talk to your doctor about over the counter medications, allergy shots, and other treatment options that may help control the symptoms.

When it comes to treatment, Dr. Malek says, “Treating seasonal allergies starts with identifying one’s triggers.”

To make an appointment for you or your family with Dr. Malek, please call 773.961.3200. To book an appointment online or read more about Presence Health physicians, please visit



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