Allergy Treatment" The folks at Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates/Food Allergy Center of Illinois are Great! I highly recommend them. The allergy shots have worked wonders. Before I started I couldnt walk into a house with dogs and now I'm considering getting one for the kids!!!!! "
~ Michael It is possible to end or significantly reduce many types of allergies with immunotherapy. This technique, also known as allergy shots, is highly effective. It prevents allergic reactions by inhibiting the individual’s immune reaction to specific triggers. This therapy can prevent coughing, wheezing, post-nasal drip, itchy or puffy eyes, headaches, sinus problems and more.
Immunotherapy allergy treatment works by reducing a person’s sensitivity to certain substances through carefully calculated exposure. Gentle injections are administered at regular intervals, beginning with a very low concentration of the allergen and gradually progressing. This treatment is FDA approved, and it can help prevent the development of asthmatic conditions.
At Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates and Food Allergy Center of Illinois, we strictly adhere to the latest treatment guidelines, for safe, effective, and fast treatment. We can help our patients find relief in a matter of months; there is no need to ensure weekly shots for years.
The many benefits of this advanced procedure include:
- Decreased need for allergy medicine
- Cost effective in the long-term, due to reduced expenses for ongoing treatments
- It can stop new allergies from developing in children
- Individuals suffering from allergic asthma can see a reduction in asthmatic symptoms
- Immunotherapy may reduce a person’s chances of developing asthma by as much as 50 percent
- No other option for treating allergies is considered curative
- You can enjoy long lasting relief from the misery of allergies
Allergen Immunotherapy explained by Dr. Eugenia Hahn
Immunotherapy is a way to teach our body that the Allergens are not a problem says Dr. Eugenia Hahn, M.D., from Advanced Allergy and Asthma Associates in Elgin, IL For specialist advice, schedule an appointment with Dr. Eugenia Hahn to learn and understand more about Allergen Immunotherapy.
What is Immunotherapy?
Immunotherapy is a desensitization process. It’s a way to teach the body that these allergens are not a problem. Whether its pollen, dust mites, mold, animal dander or stinging insects.
What is the process for testing?
It is a process that we start with very small amounts and gradually build up. During this process the body is gradually learning and understanding not to react to them.
What types of testing do you do for allergies?
We generally do skin testing which is called a protest. We test for pollen which includes trees, grasses, weeds, we also test for mold as well as dust mites and animal dander. The protest is a quick test that a lot of times we can get answers to some of our questions that same day.
The way we do that is we take these plastic like toothpicks and press them against patient’s backs and after 15 – 20 minutes what we are looking for is a red itchy welt in that spot.
The other types of testing that can be done is a blood test.
If you have additional questions about Immunotherapy or you would like to schedule an appointment with a specialist, call us at (847) 888-8802.
Any individual with allergies to insect venom, such as that of bees, hornets, yellow jackets, or wasps, may be a good candidate for immunotherapy. It is highly effective in combatting this type of allergy. Research has shown that this allergy treatment technique can safely decrease a person’s risk of potentially fatal reactions to stings by as much as 95 percent. We advise anyone with potential venom allergies to carry an Epi-pen at all times – it can be lifesaving in an emergency.
If you are interested in fast, long lasting relief from allergies, call (847) 888-8802 and schedule an appointment at one of our three convenient locations (Crystal Lake or Elgin to find out if immunotherapy is right for you.
Advanced Allergy & Asthma AssociatesDr. 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.