Consider skin patch testing for diagnosis of allergies in Elgin and Crystal Lake, IL area practice

Consider skin patch testing for diagnosis of allergies in Elgin and Crystal Lake, IL area practice

Have you ever developed a rash or hives on the skin but have been unaware of what triggered it? Do you experience skin irritations and have yet to determine the source of the problem? Advanced Allergy and Asthma Associates in Elgin and Crystal Lake, IL can provide proper diagnosis of skin allergies with patch testing.

What is patch testing?

Patch testing is a way in which an allergy doctor can determine the exact cause of allergic reactions that develop on the skin. This type of testing does not involve needles or injections. Instead, it uses small patches of allergens that are applied to the skin and left for several days to determine one’s unique allergy combinations. This can help determine which substance causes an allergic response. A large sticker is applied to the skin with specifically chosen allergy patches to help stimulate a reaction. This reaction will then notify the doctor of the allergies that are bothersome to an individual.

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What can I expect from patch testing for an allergy diagnosis?

When patients develop a reaction to an allergen through patch testing, they will be given a result of the allergies they have. This is extremely helpful when it comes to those who have developed contact dermatitis but are unfamiliar with what caused it. Contact dermatitis may be caused by metals, medicine, latex, certain preservatives, and even hair dyes that cause an allergic response. Once patients have a proper diagnosis, they know what to avoid to reduce their risk of an allergic reaction. If the allergens are unable to be avoided, such as seasonal allergies to trees, dust, or grasses, our team will help patients choose an allergy medicine that can be taken to address the symptoms of their allergies. In some cases, medication may include a prescription for an epinephrine auto injector to use in the event of a severe allergic reaction.

Request skin patch testing with the team at Advanced Allergy and Asthma Associates

If you live in the area of Elgin and Crystal Lake, IL, and are interested in learning the specific skin allergies that cause you to have an allergic reaction, Dr. Askenazi and the staff will welcome you to book an appointment with our staff by calling (847) 888-8802. We have three convenient locations that are open to patients seeking answers to their allergy concerns.

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Meredith Cirrincione | Dr. Noga Askenazi

Haley Young is a board-certified physician assistant specializing in immunology and allergy with a comprehensive background in neurosurgery and dermatology. Holding a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies from Lincoln Memorial University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Aurora University, she brings a holistic approach to patient care. Haley Young is committed to treating the whole person—mind, body, and spirit, adeptly managing complex conditions like allergic rhinitis, food allergies, and asthma. She is a member of prestigious professional organizations and is dedicated to building trust with her patients, ensuring compassionate and comprehensive care.


Amy Schack, a distinguished board-certified Physician Associate, brings a wealth of expertise to patient care. Specializing in allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, asthma, and rashes, Amy is renowned for her commitment to excellence and compassionate approach. With a background in immediate care and orthopedics, she holds a Master's in Physician Assistant studies from Midwestern University and a Bachelor of Science from Northern Illinois University. A member of esteemed professional associations, including the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Association of PAs in Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, Amy Schack instills confidence, ensuring you can trust her unwavering dedication to your health and well-being.


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.


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, Ascension Health, 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.