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Patients in Elgin ask Allergy Specialist about immunotherapy for insect sting allergies

Allergy Specialist in Elgin IL area
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An allergic reaction to an insect bite can develop at any age, even if prior stings had no adverse reaction. Hymenoptera is the name for a severe reaction to insect venom, affecting about three percent of adults and one percent of children.

The insects most commonly causing this condition are honey bees, hornets, yellow jackets, fire ants, and wasps. While an unpleasant sensation, venom stings most often create a mild reaction such as redness, pain, or swelling that may last up to a few days. Some patients, however, experience a systemic allergy to insect venom, which can be a life-threatening situation. Previous stings increase a person’s sensitivity to the venom, with 60 percent of people likely to have a more severe reaction to another incident.

Allergy to insect venom can cause an anaphylactic reaction, which might include:

  • Hives – an itchy, red rash
  • Swelling of the throat, mouth, or face
  • Anxiety
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sudden decrease in blood pressure or dizziness

For patients who experience a systemic reaction to insect venom, immediate medical treatment is critical. At Advanced Allergy and Asthma Associates in Crystal Lake, and Elgin, Illinois, Drs. Noga Askenazi, and Eugenia Hahn, advise patients who suspect a venom allergy to carry an Epi-pen at all times.

Immunotherapy is an effective, long-term treatment for patients with venom allergies. This treatment has been found to reduce the risk of fatal allergies from insect bites by up to 95 percent. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of asthma and allergies, immunotherapy involves a series of gentle injections. The injections deliver small doses of the allergen, which gradually increase until the patient’s sensitivity is significantly reduced.

Immunotherapy is the only curative treatment for venom allergies and has lasting results. Drs. Askenazi, and Hahn carefully evaluate each patient to determine if he or she is an appropriate candidate for immunotherapy to reduce the risk of anaphylactic reaction to insect stings. A comprehensive consultation and health assessment is conducted.

Our board-certified physicians specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of asthma and allergies. Advanced Allergy and Asthma Associates are conveniently located in Elgin  and Crystal Lake, Illinois. Appointments may be requested online or by calling 847 888 8802.


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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.