Food Allergies

What is the difference between food intolerance versus food allergy?

Food Intolerance Versus Food Allergy in Elgin IL Area
Food intolerances and food allergies are often confused, but these two conditions have some key differences. Dr. Noga Askenazi, PA Meredith Cirrincione, and their team at Advanced Allergy and Asthma Associates of the Crystal Lake and Elgin, Illinois, areas provide patients with more information about the two to help adults fully understand common similarities and differences between allergies and intolerance. What are food intolerances, and what is a food allergy? A food intolerance is a condition in which the body has difficulty digesting a particular type of food. This can often lead to unpleasant symptoms such as nausea, bloating, gas, indigestion, or diarrhea. … Continue Reading

Crystal Lake, IL area allergist offers food allergy testing for children and adults

Food is an integral part of our lives. Our body uses food as fuel to give us the energy we need to get through our days. However, some patients deal with food allergies, which can make certain foods problematic or even life-threatening to consume. When this occurs, patients need to get tested for food allergies. Food allergy testing is available with our board-certified allergists and immunologists, Dr. Noga Askenazi, and staff at Advanced Allergy and Asthma Associates and The Food Allergy Center of Illinois. Patients in the communities of Crystal Lake, IL, and Elgin, IL can visit one of our … Continue Reading

Treatment for food allergy patients in Elgin, IL

At Advanced Allergy and Asthma Associates, our professionals are here to help patients in Elgin, IL, and beyond, with a variety of allergy services. We offer diagnosis and treatment of food and environmental allergies. Additionally, for patients who have food allergies, we offer emergency solutions including epinephrine delivery devices. What is an Epi injectable pens? An Epi injectable pen is an epinephrine delivery device that is used when patients with a food allergy develop a reaction. For some patients, allergies may cause their throat to close and make it impossible to breathe. Epinephrine is a medication that almost immediately provides … Continue Reading

Crystal Lake allergist uses testing to determine if your symptoms are a result of food allergies

When you come to Advanced Allergy and Asthma Associates in Crystal Lake complaining of symptoms you think are related to food allergies, we will recommend testing. When done properly, allergy tests are a great tool to rule in or out food allergies. What are food allergies? For many, eating certain foods can cause an immune system response that produces antibodies against the food. Even small amounts of the food can cause symptoms such as hives, digestive problems, itching in the mouth, inflammation of the lips, face, or tongue, dizziness, or swollen airways. For some people, food allergies can cause extremely … Continue Reading

Vernon Hills residents want to know when to see a food allergy specialist

An estimated 15 million people in the US have a food allergy, including one in 13 children. With such staggering numbers, it is important to know what symptoms of food allergies are, and when to see an allergy specialist if you suspect a problem. Residents in Vernon Hills can rest assured knowing Dr. Noga Askenazi of Advanced Allergy and Asthma Associates and Food Allergy Center of Illinois have offices located in Elgin and Crystal Lake. Symptoms of food allergies An allergy occurs when your body’s natural defense system overreacts to a specific substance, treats it as an invader, and tries … Continue Reading

Crystal Lake allergist discusses the difference between food allergies and intolerance

If you tend to have a certain reaction to any type of food, you may have wondered why. Food allergies such as celiac disease have led to a number of changes in the manufacturing of food products. Visit your grocery store and you will likely find the evidence of this on the numerous items marked “gluten free.” This type of food allergy only affects about one percent of the population. Those with celiac disease must be mindful about what they eat, because the ingestion of even small amounts of gluten results in an immune reaction that causes damage to the … Continue Reading

Does your baby have food allergies? See a specialist in Crystal Lake.

You want to do all that you can to protect your child from unforeseen dangers. Rarely do you think that may require avoiding certain foods. The bodies of children with food allergies have a natural biological inclination to view particular foods, such as cow’s milk, as an invader. In response to the introduction of this invader, the immune system goes into “attack mode.” This may involve the production of protein call IgE or another systemic response that leads to a reaction. Symptoms of food allergies A baby or child who suffers from food allergies may develop symptoms such as burning, … Continue Reading

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 … Continue Reading

Action plans critical to improve quality of life, avoid attacks for kids with food allergies in Illinois

Food allergies are more common in kids than in grown-ups. There is also a lot riding on the diagnosis and effective management of the trigger food, as the quality of a child’s life can have a big impact on his or her adulthood. Consider how dangerous and disruptive symptoms such as wheezing and respiratory conditions, rashes and hives and digestive upset can affect your child’s academic and athletic performance. If your child is missing a lot of school days, he or she is also missing out on social interaction and the pleasure that comes with the school experience. Dr. Noga … Continue Reading

People in Hoffman Estates area get help to prevent obstructed airway emergencies caused by allergies

Allergies produce a wide range of symptoms, from annoying skin rashes to a severe anaphylactic reaction. A reaction may be mild one time and severe the next. Due to the threat of severe allergic symptoms such as anaphylaxis, it’s important to visit a specialist who works to prevent an obstructed airway caused by allergies among patients in the Hoffman Estates area. Dr. Noga Askenazi will use skin or blood tests and food challenges as needed to diagnose the offending substance that is causing troubling symptoms or has the potential to cause symptoms that may require emergency care. Proper diagnosis is … Continue Reading

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