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Specialists in Elgin accurately diagnose symptoms to develop effective allergy treatment

accurately diagnose symptoms to develop effective allergy treatment
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Four million workdays are lost each year due to allergic rhinitis or hay fever. Food allergies are responsible for a reported 30,000 emergency room visits annually. Allergens such as peanuts and milk often cause a severe reaction: anaphylaxis. Antibiotics such penicillin and winged insects such as honeybees and wasps are common triggers for this life-threatening condition, which causes airway constriction and difficulty breathing.

Asthma often goes hand in hand with allergies. This chronic lung condition is responsible for thousands of deaths each year. Other allergy-related complications include:

  • Eczema, a type of chronic skin inflammation
  • Sinusitis
  • Greater risk of ear and lung infections
  • Increased risk of fungal sinus and lung-related conditions

These complications underscore the need for treatment. Why suffer with the ongoing sneezing, itching, and sleepless nights? Likewise, allergic reactions that started as nuisances can evolve and become more severe over time.

Don’t accept anything less than an allergist

You wouldn’t go to an accountant for legal advice or a mortgage broker for a car loan, so why trust management of your allergic symptoms to a medical practitioner lacking specialized training and experience in allergic conditions?

Drs. Noga Askenazi and Eugenia Hahn are skilled in the diagnosis and management of allergies, asthma, and related immunodeficiency disorders.

Proper diagnosis is the cornerstone of effective treatment. The allergists use a range of tests to uncover the cause of your disruptive and distressing symptoms. The doctors offer a variation on the common skin prick test, the skin patch test. Should the results of skin testing be inconclusive, they offer blood tests.

A food allergy that can’t be identified with skin tests may be detected by safely introducing small amounts of the suspected allergen in a controlled environment, so the doctors can monitor reactions to suspect foods.

Since allergies and asthma so often coexist, lung function tests may be recommended. A spirometry device measures a number of functional indicators to pinpoint the source of breathing troubles, including but not limited to asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema.

Specialized treatment for symptom relief

Drs. Askenazi and Hahn will develop a treatment plan that works, partly because it is based on diagnostics that accurately identify the nature of your allergies and related conditions. You may be familiar with over-the-counter medications and products to relieve your symptoms. The specialists may prescribe quick relief or long-term control drugs, possibly in conjunction with other treatments such as:

  • Preventive, lifestyle approaches – When possible, ways to avoid or minimize exposure to the offending allergen will be recommended. For food allergies, options may be limited to avoidance and epinephrine delivery devices used in the event of emergencies.
  • Immunotherapy – The doctors can retrain your immune system to no longer perceive the allergen as a harmful invader. By exposing you to tiny amounts of the offender via allergy shots injected in a controlled environment, your body builds tolerance to these substances.

For effective treatment, schedule an appointment with your allergy treatment specialists in Elgin. Call the Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates and Food Allergy Center of Illinois at 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.