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Buffalo Grove, IL area residents look for information about treating insect venom allergy”

Dr. Noga Askenazi at Buffalo Grove, IL area explains about treating insect venom allergy
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Most people have experienced an insect bite or sting that has resulted in redness and swelling of the skin. For people who have an actual insect venom allergy, the reaction to a bite can be much more serious and even life threatening.

One of the best ways to protect yourself from a dangerous reaction is to be aware of the differences between a normal reaction and an allergic reaction. To do so, we must first understand when and why allergic reactions occur. Allergic reactions are the immune system’s response to substances that are normally considered harmless. This reaction can cause a multitude of symptoms for the patients, and in some cases can cause an anaphylaxis, a severe and sometimes fatal reaction.

Normal reactions to an insect sting typically include some pain, swelling, or redness near the sting. Some people may even require the help of medications such as antihistamines to minimize discomfort.

Allergic reactions cause symptoms that are more severe, including:

  • Hives or itching in areas other than near the sting
  • Trouble breathing
  • Tightening of the chest
  • Tongue swelling
  • Tightening or closing of the throat.

Symptoms of anaphylaxis include dizziness, a severe drop in blood pressure, fainting, unconsciousness, or cardiac arrest. Patients who are experiencing any symptoms of allergic reaction to insect venom must seek medical attention immediately.

Some of the most serious insect venom allergies come from:

  • Yellow jackets
  • Honeybees
  • Paper wasps
  • Hornets
  • Fire Ants

Treatment of insect venom allergies

Treatment for patients experiencing an allergic reaction to insect stings can include a combination of medications, fluids, and oxygen.

Managing allergic reactions can often be done with the aid of self-administered adrenalin (epinephrine) injections or EpiPens. Medical attention is often still needed after administration of the EpiPen for additional doses of adrenaline or other medications.

Immunotherapy is also a very effective method to treat venom allergies. Small traces of the venom are used to reduce your sensitivity and reaction to the allergen. With immunotherapy, patients can significantly reduce their risk for systemic allergic reactions.

If you are in the Buffalo Grove, IL area and would like to learn more about diagnosing and treating insect venom allergies, call us to schedule an appointment.

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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.