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Crystal Lake IL specialists treat wheezing by assessing many potential causes, including asthma

Treat Wheezing in Crystal Lake IL area
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Wheezing is often compared to a high-pitched whistle. You may hear it when you (or your child) breathe out. The sound you hear is actually air trying to move through breathing passages that have narrowed.

When breathing isn’t impaired, the muscles around the airways are relaxed. Air travels freely. If you have asthma, common viruses, allergens, cold, irritants, exercise, and other triggers cause muscles to tighten. Air can’t move easily through these breathing passages to your lungs. With less air moving through, you may feel it’s difficult to breathe. Breathing difficulty may be accompanied by wheezing. For the above physiological reasons, wheezing indicates breathing problems and it is considered a “classic” sign of asthma.

With asthma, “recurring” wheezing is key. Specifically, the inflamed and easily irritated airways associated with asthma are to blame.

Keep in mind that asthma-related wheezing may be present with:

  • Recurrent feelings of chest tightness
  • Persistent coughing
  • Coughing that worsens with physical activity or weather changes
  • Pre-existing diagnosis of allergies, the skin condition eczema, or asthma
  • Family history of allergies

It’s important to note wheezing is not a surefire predictor of asthma, and wheezing does not always accompany asthma.

A number of other conditions may cause you or your loved ones to wheeze:

  • In children, lower respiratory infections frequently produce wheezing because airways are so small
  • Inhaling a foreign object or an obstruction
  • Abnormalities in airway structure
  • Vocal cord problems

Drs. Noga Askenazi, and Eugenia Hahn can identify the root of your wheezing and prescribe treatments that may include:

  • Humidifiers, which add moisture to the air to relieve mild symptoms
  • Warm drinks to relax the airway, loosen up related mucus
  • Avoiding exposure to smoke, including secondhand. Smoke can further irritate your airways and worsen coughing.
  • Medications, such as long-term inhaled corticosteroids and short-acting “relief” meds for symptoms caused by asthma

Drs. Askenazi, and Hahn will inventory you or your family member’s signs and symptoms. Keep in mind when the wheezing first started. Be prepared to describe how it sounds, and when it seems to happen or worsen.

The answers to these questions could all provide clues to a cause and help us treat wheezing in CrystalLake IL. The local office of the Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates and Food Allergy Center of Illinois is off Old Rand Road, between Route 22 and Route 12/Rand Road. Call 847 888 8802 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.