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Start with patch testing in the Crystal Lake area to curb infections, chronic conditions brought on by inflamed skin

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It’s easy to see why contact dermatitis is assumed to be a type of allergy.

As with allergic reactions, this condition is triggered by exposure to certain substances. This type of skin inflammation is also characterized with red rashes, raised bumps, severe itching (sometimes), cracking and scales, blisters, swelling, and a burning sensation — symptoms often shared by those with allergies to mites, pollen, and mold, and those allergic to some foods, insects and drugs.

Only 20 percent of contact dermatitis cases are considered “allergic.” You may have this type of contact dermatitis should your skin become itchy, red, scaly, or raw, and blister when you encounter common allergens, such as:

  • Topical antibiotics
  • Metals containing nickel (jewelry, zippers, buttons, watch bands)
  • Fragrances
  • Nail polish
  • Hair dye + adhesives for false eyelashes, toupees

“Irritant” contact dermatitis makes up the vast majority of cases. This type isn’t caused by allergen that sets off a hyperactive immune response to a substance it perceives as “foreign.” Instead, this condition happens when the culprit substance actually injures the skin’s outermost layer. Sometimes, a strong irritant can cause symptoms after just one exposure. Other time, even a mild irritant can trigger symptoms after repeated exposures.

A few irritants include:

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Detergents and bleach
  • Solvents like kerosene
  • Personal care products (makeup, deodorant, soaps)
  • Airborne saw or wool dust

Patch testing is the go-to method associated with contact dermatitis. At Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates and Food Allergy Center of Illinois, we can determine if your inflamed skin is caused by an actual allergy. From there, we can develop a customized treatment plan, which may involve avoiding the culprit substance(s) when possible.

With patch testing, we apply very small amounts of the suspected allergens to gentle, waterproof patches. These patches are then adhered to your skin, where they stay for two days. After 48 hours, you’ll return to our Crystal Lake office, conveniently located just five miles from Barrington, where we can check for a skin reaction. We’ll see you again after 72 hours.

Contact dermatitis can be very uncomfortable. It can lead to chronic itchy, scaly skin. The areas where you frequently scratch can harbor the bacteria that cause infection. The sooner we see you in the Crystal Lake area for patch testing, the sooner you can feel comfortable in your skin again, free of potentially more serious complications.

 

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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.