Methods of skin testing for allergies and other services available in Elgin and Crystal Lake, IL

Methods of skin testing for allergies and other services available in Elgin and Crystal Lake, IL

There are many methods of testing for specific food or environmental allergies available for patients in the Elgin and Crystal Lake, IL area to discuss with their doctors. Skin testing is one of the most common ways for patients to get a better understanding of their allergies to seek effective long-term treatment. The doctors at Advanced Allergy and Asthma Associates and Food Allergy Center of Illinois encourage patients to speak with them about skin testing to find out if we can provide effective solutions for their medical needs.

What are allergies?

Allergies can cause a reaction when patients are exposed either by touch, bite, or ingestion of an allergen that can be mildly uncomfortable to life threatening for an individual. The most common types of allergies are those to:

  • Medical
  • Foods
  • Environmental elements (mold, dust, pollen)
  • Chemicals
  • Insects (bees, venomous insects)

By testing children and adults, we can identify the elements that can cause an allergic reaction, so patients can be better informed and prepared in the event of a serious problem. This is often achieved with skin testing. Skin testing uses small amounts of specific allergens that are applied to the skin while the doctor monitors the patient to see if a reaction occurs. This is a reliable testing method that can provide almost immediate results and allow patients to better educate themselves. Skin testing is often done when a patient is having allergic reactions but is unsure as to what the allergens are to practice avoidance.

Learn more about skin testing with our team of professionals in Elgin and Crystal Lake, IL

Our doctors are professionals at Advanced Allergy and Asthma Associates and Food Allergy Center of Illinois ready to assist patients with testing to learn more about the allergies they have and how to better deal with them daily. Call the office at (847) 888-8802 and to discuss testing methods at one of our two convenient office locations in Crystal Lake, and Elgin, IL.

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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.