Skin allergy sufferers seek a cure near Elgin

Skin allergy sufferers seek a cure near Elgin

Elgin residents, if you are suffering from skin allergies, the first step is to contact your doctor for a skin test to confirm the allergy. Dr. Noga Askenazi and the staff at Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates/Food Allergy Center of Illinois are here to help.

There are different types of skin testing that can be performed. Your doctor may recommend the skin prick test, the intradermal test, and/or patch testing. The skin prick test can be used to check for reactions to several allergens. After the skin is pricked, placing the allergen under the skin’s surface, your health care provider will be able to see results in about 15-20 minutes. The intradermal skin test is slightly more specific. One specific allergen is selected and injected into the skin. The area is observed for an allergic reaction. Patch testing may be recommended if the doctor suspects you are allergic to a substance with which you come into contact. The allergic reaction from one of these substances causes contact dermatitis.

As the doctor evaluates your skin for results, a red, raised area or itchy or irritated skin shows a positive result. This shows you do have an allergic reaction to the particular substance. Skin tests are generally accurate so the results should be correct.

If you do have a positive result from your allergy testing, you may want to know about a skin allergy cure or treatment. Knowing the exact cause of your allergy is the starting point to finding the best treatment. Treatments may include avoidance, medication, or immunotherapy. By avoiding the substance, you eliminate the potential for an allergic reaction. Avoidance is not always possible. In those cases, medication or other treatments are necessary. Dr. Noga Askenazi and staff will work with you to help you control or eliminate the source of your allergy problems.

Don’t spend another moment suffering from allergies. The doctors and staff at Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates/Food Allergy Center of Illinois will work with you to discover your exact allergies and will find a treatment that works for you. Our offices are located in Lake Crystal Lake, and Elgin. Call (847) 888-8802 to schedule an appointment.

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Dr. Noga Askenazi | 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, 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.


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.