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Allergy and Asthma Associates in Crystal Lake, IL offers help for food allergies

Crab, lobster, shrimp, milk, peanuts, and eggs are foods that many of us enjoy, sometimes on a daily basis. For people with food allergies, these are just a few of the common foods that can be cause for alarm.

What are food allergies?

When the body has an abnormal response to a food item, or to several different foods, we investigate whether the problem is simply an intolerance that may be outgrown, or if it is a true food allergy. It may not seem as though symptoms such as runny nose or itchy skin could be associated with food you have eaten, but this may be exactly how your body reacts to an ingested allergen. Additional symptoms that food allergies may cause include hives, diarrhea, vomiting, an itchy sensation in the mouth, and respiratory reactions that cause breathing difficulties.

Find the help you need at Advanced Allergy and Asthma Associates

Dr. Askenazi and Dr. Hahn are board-certified allergy specialists who have a long history of helping families near Crystal Lake and Elgin, IL find solutions to chronic allergies. The care that they provide is tailored to the individual with the intent of improving quality of life with long-term management techniques.

Once a food allergy has been identified, there are several methods through which the unpleasant reaction can be addressed. Common methods of treating food allergies include:

  • Avoidance of trigger foods, as much as possible
  • Symptom management with over-the-counter or prescription medications
  • Severe symptoms may require epinephrine injection, (EpiPen)
  • Oral immunotherapy

The goal of immunotherapy is to gradually reduce the body’s reaction to a trigger food by introducing very small amounts of the irritant in a controlled environment. It is important that immunotherapy be conducted by your experienced allergist to minimize risk of severe symptoms. Immunotherapy may not be right for every person or trigger, but may prove beneficial in the reduction of allergic responses to certain foods.

At this time, the best way to manage food allergies is to obtain an accurate diagnosis. Second, patients may consult with their allergist or with a nutritionist to implement lifestyle habits through which triggers can be avoided without restricting dietary intake.

Food allergies do not have to leave you feeling deprived. Get the help you need to manage your healthiest lifestyle. Call Advanced Allergy and Asthma Associates.

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Dr. Noga Askenazi, Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates

Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates

Dr. Noga Askenazi | Dr. Eugenia Hahn | Meredith Cirrincione

Dr. Noga Askenazi is a nationally recognized asthma and allergy specialist who is board certified in pediatric and adult allergy. Her areas of special interest are innovative treatment of rashes, sinusitis, food allergies, asthma and immune disorders. She was past President of the ISAAI (Illinois Society of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology), works on state and national committees for advancement of the allergy field and is a consultant for Advocate, AMITA, Northwestern amongst other health care systems. Her joy is helping patients reach their goals after together determining best treatments. Her staff and patients are a chosen family, and she invests in their happiness. She enjoys gardening, biking and cooking to good music.


Dr. Eugenia Hahn is a highly recognized board certified allergist and immunologist who treats patients of all ages. Her areas of special interest are food allergy, eczema, and asthma. She is president of the Illinois Society of Allergy & Asthma, a National Committee leader of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, a member of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology working on new treatment options for patients. She is a consultant for Advocate, Northwestern, AMITA, Northwest Community healthcare systems amongst many others. Her patients mean everything to her as she takes pride in finding the why behind the problem. She enjoys reading and spending time with her family.


Meredith Cirrincione is a board certified Physician Assistant and specializes in treating allergies, with a focus on asthma, rashes, environmental allergies, chemical and food allergies. She holds a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from The Chicago Medical School - Rosalind Franklin University of Health Sciences. She is a Fellow member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the Illinois Academy of Physician Assistants, and the Association of PAs in Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. She likes to approach things holistically. She is a strong patient advocate and adored by her patients. She enjoys singing, reading, cooking, and the great outdoors.