Skin testing is an effective way to diagnose allergies for Elgin residents

Skin testing is an effective way to diagnose allergies for Elgin residents

For people with an allergy, even the ingestion of the smallest amount a certain substance can trigger a severe, and potentially life threatening, reaction. Allergy tests provide vital information to allergists and allow them to diagnose and treat a wide variety of allergies. There are several different types of allergy tests available. Skin testing, blood testing, and even oral ingestion testing are all ways that we can determine the source of your reaction. When patients visit Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates, skin testing is the most common and first type of testing performed to confirm an allergy diagnosis accurately.

Skin tests are effective at diagnosing the following allergic conditions:

  • Hay fever
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Penicillin allergy
  • Food allergy
  • Bee or stinging insect allergy
  • Latex allergy

Before scheduling a skin test, Dr. Noga Askenazi, or Dr. Eugenia Hahn will take a detailed medical history that includes information about your symptoms and any methods of treatment you have used. We will also want to know what medications you are currently taking. Some medicines suppress allergic reactions, which can interfere with the results from skin testing.

Medications that can possibly interfere with skin testing include:

  • Over the counter or prescription antihistamines
  • Certain antidepressants
  • Certain heartburn medications
  • Xolair (used to treat asthma)

Skin testing is completed in one of our three offices. Results are usually available in about fifteen to thirty minutes. With skin testing, we are looking for immediate allergic reactions. For adults this test is usually performed on the forearm, and for children it is performed on the back.

One of our experienced allergists will use needle to penetrate the skin’s surface and expose you to a tiny amount of each allergen extract. The needle barely goes underneath the skin and does not bleed or cause pain.

After fifteen minutes, we will evaluate your skin for signs of allergic reaction, which will include small, raised, itchy bumps that often resemble a mosquito bite.

Allergy skin testing is a quick, easy, and effective way to diagnose allergies and allow us to develop a treatment plan that can dramatically improve your quality of life. If you are in or around the Elgin area, and you would like to schedule an appointment for allergy testing, call us today.

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Dr. Noga Askenazi | Dr. Eugenia Hahn | Meredith Cirrincione | Tonilyn Hatch

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.

Tonilyn Hatch is a Board-certified Physician Assistant who has been working as a PA in Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology for the past 10 years. She has a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from Midwestern University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Brigham Young University. Also, she is a Member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and AAPA: Association of PAs in Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. As a lifelong allergy and asthma patient herself, she understands the effects these health issues can have on daily life. She prides herself in taking time to educate her patients on their medical conditions and then developing personalized treatment plans for each of her patients. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, relaxing at home, spending time with her nephews in Arizona and niece in New Mexico, and attending sporting events.