Managing Allergies in Naperville, Plainfield, and Joliet, IL

Allergies are a common and often misunderstood phenomenon that can affect millions of people worldwide. From seasonal sniffles to food intolerances, allergies encompass a wide range of immune system reactions to substances typically harmless to others. Allergies can affect people of any age and it’s important to understand how to deal with allergies during an attack. Dr. Anjali Kher, Dr. Mary Callahan, Dr. Maureen DelaCruz, and Dr. Sanjay Pethkar at Suburban Healthcare Associates in Naperville, Plainfield, and Joliet, IL, can explain everything you need to know about dealing with allergies.

Understanding Your Body and Allergies

Allergies are the immune system’s responses when triggered by specific allergens. Allergens are substances that the body perceives as harmful, which leads to an exaggerated immune reaction. These reactions can manifest in various ways, ranging from mild discomfort to severe, life-threatening symptoms.

Allergies can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, environmental exposure, and immune system dysfunction. Common allergens include pollen, dust mites, pet dander, certain foods, insect stings, medications, and latex.

Common allergy reactions can vary, but can include:

  • Sneezing, runny, or stuffy nose
  • Itchy and watery eyes
  • Hives
  • Swelling of the lips, tongue, or throat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Digestive issues

Some common types of allergies can be seasonal allergies, allergic rhinitis, food allergies, or insect sting allergies. It’s important to manage your allergies by avoiding allergens as best as possible. You can also take over-the-counter or prescription medications. Your family medicine doctor may recommend doing allergy immunotherapy to desensitize the immune system.

Allergies are typically tested through skin prick tests. To prevent allergies, you can keep your living space clean and free of dust, mold, or pet dander and use air purifiers and allergen-proof bedding.

It's essential to seek medical care for allergies if:

  • Symptoms are severe, persistent, or interfering with daily activities
  • Allergy medications are ineffective or cause adverse reactions
  • Allergic reactions are accompanied by symptoms of anaphylaxis, such as difficulty breathing, swelling of the face or throat, or a rapid pulse

You should ask your doctor about specific allergens, what treatment options are available, and what to do in case of anaphylaxis.

Contact Your Family Medicine Doctor Today

Make sure you know how to deal with allergies. Contact Dr. Anjali Kher, Dr. Mary Callahan, Dr. Maureen DelaCruz, and Dr. Sanjay Pethkar at Suburban Healthcare Associates at (331) 253-5583 for Naperville, IL, (815) 240-0670 for Plainfield, IL, and (815) 240-0661 for Joliet, IL, to learn more about allergies and how to manage them.

Our Locations

Naperville Location


2776 Forgue Drive, Suite 100,
Naperville, IL 60564

Joliet Location


1421 Essington Rd.,
Joliet, IL 60585

Plainfield Location


13415 Illinois Rte 59,
Plainfield, IL 60585