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Lose your fear of bee stings with allergy shots from your Crystal Lake allergy specialist

Lose your fear of bee stings with allergy shots from your Crystal Lake allergy specialist, Dr. Noga Askenazi
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Most people harbor at least a bit of anxiety when faced with a circling bee. These tiny creatures pack quite the punch, leaving welts and pain behind after they strike. For many, temporary discomfort is the height of the bee sting experience. There are those, however, whose reaction to a single bee sting is far more dramatic.

Suffering an allergic reaction to a bee sting can be quite distressing. The anaphylactic response that occurs in somewhere around three percent of the population can be potentially life-threatening, requiring immediate medical attention. In this allergic reaction, one may experience sensations such as:

  • Rapid skin response away from the area of the sting, such as paleness or flushing, hives, and itching.
  • Breathing difficulties.
  • Dizziness, sometimes before fainting.
  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
  • A rapid but weak heartbeat.
  • Swelling of the tongue, closing of the throat.
  • Loss of consciousness.

It is not possible to predict the severity of one’s reaction to a sting from a bee or other insect, such as fire ants. Even from one sting to the next, reaction can vary widely. Research shows that there is a 70 percent chance that a subsequent systemic reaction will occur in stings by the same type of insect after the first experience. Because severe allergic reactions are unpredictable and pose a threat to life, finding a viable solution to this type of allergy is critical.

Typically, a person treated for an anaphylactic reaction to an insect sting is prescribed an epinephrine delivery device that becomes a constant companion for the person allergic to stinging insects. Epinephrine is not a routine medication. It is to be used in emergency situations, after a sting has occurred. Some people are advised to carry two injectable epinephrine devices in case of a prolonged reaction.

Epinephrine is only one way to address allergies to stinging insects. While injections of this medication can decrease the severity of a reaction, there are clear obstacles. The primary problem with this form of treatment is the consequence of an insect sting in the absence of a pen.

There is an alternative to carrying epinephrine forever – venom immunotherapy. This therapy is designed for prevention of severe allergic reactions to insect stings. Venom immunotherapy consists of controlled injections of insect venom. Performed at regular intervals over a period of time, these allergy shots decrease a person’s sensitivity to the type of insect that produces his or her serious reaction.

Epinephrine is given after a sting. Venom immunotherapy, commonly known as allergy shots, is administered in our Crystal Lake or Elgin office as a preventive measure to stop severe allergic response from occurring. Allergy shots for insect allergies have been proven to be over 90 percent effective, and suitable for people of all ages.

Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates/Food Allergy Center of Illinois understands the discomfort of your allergies. We can help you live life to the fullest with appropriate immunotherapy. Contact us today for your consultation.

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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.