Local doctor speaks to asthma, allergies ramping up during Fall season

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PEORIA, Ill. (WMBD) — The official start to Fall began Wednesday, September 22. With the change of season comes an adjustment to those managing asthma, allergies, and the like.

Springfield Clinic’s Dr. Penelope Ewbank specializes in allergies, asthma, and immunology.

Penelope A. Ewbank, MD


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“In the fall, there are a variety of [triggers],” said Dr. Ewbank. “You’ve got the temperature and weather change. Cooler dryer air often kicks up some people’s symptoms. You have fall sports, like football, volleyball, and basketball rolling in. Some people’s asthma is worsened with excursion. Finally, allergies. So, pollens, like Ragweed and mold, are at higher levels in the fall.”

Dr. Ewbank received her medical degree from top-ranked Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo., followed by an internal medicine residency there at Barnes Hospital. She completed her allergy and immunology fellowship at the prestigious National Jewish Health in Denver, Colo., where she trained with internationally recognized leaders in the field. She strives to apply cutting-edge medical knowledge to design individualized treatment plans with patients and their families—all balanced with a bit of humor whenever possible!

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