Buffalo Grove, IL allergy sufferers seek a cure for hives-related to food triggers
An allergy is an unusual sensitivity to a substance that is generally considered harmless. These substances may include food, cosmetics, and metals. If you suspect you are suffering from food allergies, contact your doctor to confirm the allergy. Dr. Noga Askenazi, Dr. Eugenia Hahn and staff at Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates/Food Allergy Center of Illinois are here to meet that need.
Food allergy symptoms may include:
- Respiratory issues such as wheezing or shortness of breath
- Diarrhea or abdominal pain
Hives are a common symptom of food allergies. Hives develop suddenly on the skin and look like swollen, light red bumps, patches, or welts. Although they are usually itchy, they may burn or sting as well. Hives may emerge anywhere on the body and can be any size, small or large. Unfortunately, hives may last anywhere from a few hours to a few days before disappearing, meaning your discomfort may last.
For patients suffering from hives, certain foods may be the trigger. Our doctors can test for food allergies using the skin prick test. The skin prick test is often used to check a patient’s reactions to several allergens. As the name states, the skin is pricked and an allergen is placed under the surface of the skin. After waiting approximately 15-20 minutes, your doctor or nurse will be able to observe the results of the test.
Once the results have been obtained, a treatment plan may be generated. Avoidance is usually the easiest way to maintain your comfort. If you avoid the specified food, you avoid the possible allergic reaction. Unfortunately, avoidance is not always possible. Other treatments may include oral or topical medication or immunotherapy. Our doctors will work with you to find your allergy triggers and the best treatment options.
If you think you may have hives or other allergy symptoms related to food, contact Dr. Noga Askenazi, Dr. Eugenia and Hahn at Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates/Food Allergy Center of Illinois. Our doctors and staff are eager to meet with you in order to help you on your way to allergy treatment. Call 847 888 8802 to schedule your appointment.