Looking for Allergist in Chicagoland Area

Posted on: Fri, 07/20/2001 - 11:24pm
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We have a very nice allergist but he doesn't seem to be "up" on peanut allergy. For example, when we went for our first skin testing and were told that my son was allergic to many things, the allergist simply said "don't give your son peanut butter or he'll be in the ER". There were no handouts, no other advice. I had to do the research about the severity of a peanut allergy. He gave me no advice on a peanut allergy support group except for me to ask my peditrician (who didn't know of any). And when I had asked if I should continue breastfeeding, it wasn't until I asked specifically if the peanut butter that I was eating could get into the breastmilk that he suggested it would be a good idea to play it safe and not eat peanuts while breastfeeding. And the ultimate, he had no clue they were working on a peanut vaccine.

Given the severity of a peanut allergy, I prefer to find someone more in-tune with the latest research and data. Can anyone let me know of a good PA allergist in the northwestern Chicagoland suburbs? Thank you! Julie.

Posted on: Mon, 05/13/2002 - 1:37pm
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I have heard Dr. Jacqueline Pongracic is excellent - I can't remember where she practiced out of. I think she had 2 offices - one in the Northern suburbs and one downtown (maybe Northwestern)

Posted on: Wed, 02/26/2003 - 11:19pm
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JulieB,
Did you try that Dr. or did you find someone else who is informed? I am from Central Illinois, but if I can find an educated allergist, I am willing to travel for hours once or twice a year to get my dd the care she needs.

Posted on: Mon, 03/03/2003 - 1:41pm
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Nicole--
I don't go online very often so my apologies for not responding sooner.
I did call that doctor. I live in the northwestern suburbs and I didn't want to travel to her office (I'm not as adventurous as you in terms of long drives. grin). Anyhow, when I called that doctor's office, I asked who THEY thought was really up on allergies in my area. I did this with other allergists who weren't in my area but were recommended and the name I kept getting was Dr. Robert Hart.
I really like him. He's very laid back but up on the peanut allergy and has a great outlook. In fact, he absolutely refused to subject my three year old to skin testing and was wonderful at helping us get our insurance to cover the CAP-RAST testing he wanted done.
I'll ask Dr. Hart if he knows anyone in the central IL area for you. Take care and you might want to hit up your family doctor, dentist, friends, local hospital, etc. for allergists that they have heard who are good in your area. Warmly, Julie B.
[This message has been edited by julieb (edited March 04, 2003).]

Posted on: Wed, 03/12/2003 - 6:24am
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Nicole --
Howdie. My allergist says that he doesn't know anyone personally in Central Illinois. However, he does have a directory that he could give you some background information on some allergists in your area. If you are still interested, let me know what major town you are near and Dr. Hart can see what he can find.
Again, since he wouldn't know the allergists personally, I would rely more on who the hospitals, your doctors, your dentists, etc. would recommend. But, I'm more than happy to check who Dr. Hart has listed for ya. Take care. Warmly, Julie B.

Posted on: Sun, 03/30/2003 - 7:43am
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I did a google search for Dr. Hart and can't find him. Can you tell me what subarb his office is in?
Thanks!!

Posted on: Wed, 04/23/2003 - 3:50am
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Hi Julie,
My daughter also sees Dr. Hart. I am very happy with him. I find it amazing that he calls back himself and doesnt have a nurse or office staff return his calls. I have recommened him to others. I am new to these boards and happy to find someone else with positive experience with our doctor. It makes me feel even better about our choice.
Dr. Hart has two offices; one in Barrington and the other in Arlington Heights.
Maggie

Posted on: Thu, 05/22/2003 - 5:27am
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Julie / Maggie -
Thanks for the recommendation on Dr. Hart. I have made an appt (he's quite booked up) for June 3rd.
Any idea if he does skin tests or RAST?
Also, it sounds like you are both in the NW burbs of Chicago. I'm in Arlington Heights and just found out last month that my 22 mo old is a 5 on RAST for PA. Would either of you know of any support groups that meet around our area? You can email me off-line if you'd like.
Thanks!

Posted on: Thu, 05/22/2003 - 10:02am
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Driving Me Nutty,
I'm glad to hear you have an appt with Dr. Hart. We are going back next week.
As far as testing, my dd had skin testing and RAST testing. He has the blood work sent to Mayo Clinic's lab.
I am in Cary, but I do not belong to a support group. My pa dd is 9 and I will be asking when to test my 2 y/o, right now we are just avoiding for him!!
Good luck! Please post back to let us know how the appt. goes.
Maggie

Posted on: Thu, 06/05/2003 - 2:29pm
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maggie0303,
Thanks for asking. Our appt with Dr. Hart was somewhat disappointing (see updated March 29th thread). Maybe he was having a bad morning as he seemed very formal and

Posted on: Fri, 06/06/2003 - 2:22pm
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