Get a Standard Allergy Skin Test in Crystal Lake or Elgin, IL

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Allergies caused by internal and external factors exhibit a wide range of symptoms, from mild itching and sneezing to potentially life-threatening developments. Whatever the severity of your symptoms, Dr. Noga Askenazi and Dr. Eugenia Hahn at Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates in Illinois understand that living with allergies can be miserable. 

They have dedicated the practice to the diagnosis and treatment of allergy symptoms and place particular emphasis on identifying your allergy triggers using allergy skin testing. Once they know what is triggering an allergy, it is easy to treat symptoms.

What to Expect from a Standard Allergy Skin Test

The expert team at Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates/Food Allergy Center of Illinois uses a wide variety of diagnostic techniques to determine the cause of your allergy symptoms.

Skin testing is often the most comfortable, most accurate, and cost-effective option. It can quickly identify many common allergies, including:

  • Food
  • Medication, such as penicillin
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Allergy-triggered asthma
  • Venomous insects, such as bees
  • Dust, pollens, mold, and other airborne allergens (hay fever)

An allergy skin test is also known as a “scratch test.” It is a series of pricks, typically administered to your forearm or back. First, Dr. Askenazi and Dr. Hahn will clean and mark the area for easy identification. After this, they will prick into the skin with a small amount of each potential allergen. This method can almost instantly detect over 40 common allergies. It is much more comfortable than a standard injection, as it only breaks the skin’s surface. It should not cause bleeding or scabbing.

The reaction isn’t severe, given the small amount of allergen used. If you do react, it will appear as a little bump. Dr. Askenazi or Dr. Hahn and their team will clean the area and read your results.

They will develop a care plan that corresponds to your unique lifestyle. Dr. Askenazi or Dr. Hahn will talk with you about your potential exposure to any allergens that cause a reaction, and will put together a care plan that may combine avoidance, immunotherapy, or over-the-counter medications.

The expert team at Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates/Food Allergy Center of Illinois can help you live a comfortable, happy life, free of allergy symptoms. If you are interested in a test or consultation, call (847) 888-8802 to schedule your appointment at one of our locations today.

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Advanced Allergy & Asthma Associates

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.

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Many Patients are satisfied and even ecstatic with the abilities of Dr. Askenazi and
the team at Advance Allergy & Asthma Associates.