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Elgin area residents ask, “Which treatment can provide relief from allergy symptoms?”

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For patients who are suffering from allergies, immunotherapy treatment (allergy shots) may be the best solution to drastically reduce or eliminate allergic symptoms. This is an excellent option for patients who are not seeing a response to medications or who are having persistent symptoms several times throughout the year. It can help some patients wean off medications. Allergy shots are an effective course of treatment for patients suffering from asthma, nasal congestion, runny nose, itchy eyes, rashes, or venom sting allergies. They are not effective for food, latex, or drug allergies.

To begin, allergy shots are administered one to two times per week over the course of a few months. Patients will typically need to stay in the office for up to a half an hour after each shot to monitor for potential side effects. Swelling or redness around the injection site is considered normal and it will go away within a few hours.

Allergy shots consist of a miniscule amount of the specific allergen. For example, if you are allergic to pollen, your allergy shot will contain a tiny amount of pollen. For patients who are allergic to dust mites, their allergy shot will contain that allergen.

Over time, the dose of the shot is gradually increased until you reach a target “maintenance dose.” Once you’ve reached this level, you will drop down to a shot once or twice a month for several months. The amount of time between shots will be slowly increased by your doctor.

Over the course of treatment, you will notice your allergy symptoms lessening and beginning to go away because the body begins to tolerate the allergen and even produce a protective response with immunotherapy. If you do not notice a difference at a year, consult with your allergist, as your treatment regimen may need to be adjusted. After the first year, shots are given monthly until a memory response occurs that allows shots to be stopped but the benefit to continue naturally.

Before beginning immunotherapy for allergies, you should alert your doctor to any medicines, vitamins, or supplements that you are currently taking. Some of them may interfere with the treatment or can increase the risk of certain side effects. Patients who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should let their doctor know before starting allergy shots.

If you are in the Elgin area, immunotherapy treatment may finally provide the relief you’ve been looking for. Call us today to schedule a consultation.


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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.