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Discover diagnosis and treatment for a penicillin allergy in Crystal Lake

Once considered a common drug allergy, some penicillin allergies are actually a misdiagnosis. The penicillin rash is not always a true indication of an allergic reaction. Drs. Noga Askenazi, and Eugenia Hahn treat patients near Elgin and Crystal Lake. For patients with allergies, such as a penicillin allergy, we offer accurate diagnosis and treatment.

Diagnosing penicillin allergies

There are cases of true penicillin allergies. If you have experienced a penicillin allergy in the past or believe you are having an allergic reaction now, our team can provide testing to determine if you have a true allergy to penicillin. Prior to your appointment, make notes to help determine the cause of your symptoms.

  • Write down your symptoms, when they began, how long they lasted, and whether you have ever experienced them in the past.
  • Let the physician know if you are taking any other medications.
  • Make a note of anything you used to treat your symptoms.
  • Tell your doctor if you have any other allergies or if there is a family history of penicillin allergies.
  • Take photos of symptoms such as a rash or swelling as the symptoms may subside by the time of your appointment.

Penicillin allergy treatment

Treatment for penicillin allergies may involve treating the current allergy symptoms or working on desensitization to penicillin. In treating the current symptoms, interventions may be used to treat the symptoms of an allergic reaction. This may include:

  • Withdrawal – For patients with a true penicillin allergy, discontinuing the drug is the first step in treatment.
  • Antihistamines – A prescribed, or over-the-counter antihistamine helps block the immune system chemicals that are activated during an allergic reaction.
  • Corticosteroids – Treat inflammation associated with the reaction.
  • Anaphylaxis treatment – For severe allergic reactions, epinephrine injections and hospital care are needed.

Drug desensitization is only done if there are no other antibiotic treatment options available. The drug must be taken as directed and patients are carefully monitored. Desensitization is rarely used if a severe reaction has been caused in the past.

For more information on penicillin allergy treatment, contact our office for an appointment. Call 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.