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By Isabelle Banin
While pollen allergies vary from person to person, you’re not alone if your symptoms have been worsening in recent years.
Plants are producing more pollen for longer periods of time due to climate change. As allergy seasons intensify, understanding your symptoms and how to manage them is becoming increasingly important.
We asked Jennifer S. Kim, MD, a NorthShore allergy and immunology specialist, for her insight.
“Allergies can vary within the same person even year to year and certainly over one’s lifetime,” Dr. Kim said. “Why one person is more symptomatic than another is an interesting question, the answer to which is multifactorial and not completely understood but likely involves both genetics and environmental exposures.”
Here are Dr. Kim’s tips for controlling spring allergy symptoms: