When Will Allergy Season Finally End?
Aug 30, 2013 - 3:46:33 PM

( - 2013 has not been a kind year for allergy sufferers and this year's allergy season is likely to extend longer into fall months than usual. Board-certified Otolarynologist Dr. Jordan Pritikin at Chicago Nasal & Sinus Center discusses why we're experiencing a lengthened allergy season and what sufferers can do to get through the next few months.

"Typically allergy season lasts from April through September. Unfortunately, it's likely we'll see allergy season lasting through October this year," says Dr. Pritikin. "There are many different factors that come into play for drastic allergy seasons including higher temperatures, precipitation levels in the winter and likely climate change."

Dr. Pritikin continues to explain that the changing climate and historically high levels of carbon dioxide helped nourish trees, but also helped increase pollen, mold and the release of spores. "Climate change helped spring come a little earlier than usual, which led to an earlier and more intense start of allergy season," comments Dr. Pritikin. "In addition, we've seen the length of allergy season steadily increasing over the last decade or so, and this season is no exception." 

There are a couple more months of high allergen levels expected, and luckily there are methods and medicines available to combat the symptoms. "The best way to combat allergies is to stay ahead of them and be proactive," continues Dr. Pritikin. "For those who are just not feeling the effects of allergy season, I suggest treatments such as allergy drops, steroid nasal sprays and allergy shots."

About Dr. Jordan Pritikin

Dr. Jordan Pritikin is a board-certified otolaryngologist at Chicago Nasal & Sinus Center, a private medical practice devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of nasal and sinus disorders. Dr. Pritikin is a Fellow of theAmerican Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery and attended Rush Medical College inChicago, where he was selected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Society. Over the years, Dr. Pritikin has cultivated an interest in Rhinology, focusing his practice on diseases of the nose and sinuses, and has participated in clinical research exploring innovative therapies for chronic sinusitis. He has lectured at local and national meetings, developed informational and training videos demonstrating surgical techniques for the nose and sinuses, and has helped develop and refine instruments designed for sinus surgery. Dr. Pritikin and the Chicago Nasal & Sinus Center offer patients an unparalleled level of service, utilizing state-of-the art technology and innovative treatments while maintaining a thoughtful and caring approach. For more information visit


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