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.
On May 13, 2002
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)
On Feb 27, 2003
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.
On Mar 3, 2003
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.
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On Mar 12, 2003
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.
On Mar 30, 2003
I did a google search for Dr. Hart and can't find him. Can you tell me what subarb his office is in?
On Apr 23, 2003
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.
On May 22, 2003
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.
On May 22, 2003
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.
On Jun 5, 2003
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
On Jun 6, 2003
On Jun 6, 2003
Maggie, Oral allergic syndrome? You'll have to let us know what that is. So he diagnosed that just based on symptoms and no test?
He didn't indicate age as why he wouldn't do more testing. Just that since I couldn't list symptoms, he didn't feel it was necessary to go on a fishing expedition. I'll talk to him more about it after we get the CAP RAST results. I wonder if it is age though. Although the pediatrician told me today that they could use the same blood test to test for more than one antibody. Neither him or the ped said so but I wouldn't be surprised if it has to do with costs. I'd guess the skin prick tests are cheaper.
On Jun 6, 2003
I hate to say it, but the cost of testing always makes me suspicious.
Oral allergic syndrome is something that you will probably see me posting about looking for more information. I should say he diagnosed this with no NEW testing. She has tested in the past very high to ragweed and pollen. She has symptoms of itching and a "funny" feeling in the mouth with some raw fruits and vegtables. Right now the most prominent for her is bananas and apples. Although cooked is not a problem. Oral allergic syndrome has to do with pollens and ragweed and the fruits/vegtables. It is not an actual allergy to bananas, it is a reaction to pollen/ragweed.
Wont this be interesting to explain to the school nurse! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
On Jun 16, 2003
I am sorry to hear about your appt. with Dr. Hart. He was reccomended to me and I was sort of keeping him as a back up...
We recently went to Dr. Greg Sharon in Bloomingdale (he was reccomended by several folks to us and our previous allergist died). At this point I don't really think I need an allergist on a regular basis, but wanted to have one that had seen dd, had the RASTS etc... just in case.
Dr. Sharon was all over doing more testing on her - but not for food for environmental stuff. DD has (thankfully) never had a problem with pollen, animals, etc...not does she have ashthma or had any other lung disorders, so I said no to the testing because there was no point. Also our last RAST was especailly hard for dd (she passed out during the blood draw) and she is afraid of more testing right now. I sort of felt like the $$$$ was driving his desire to do more, as there were no problems. Also, just as a point of reference dd is almost 9, so we are not talking about a small child who may not have been exposed to many environments with allergens.
He also told me that I had probably "caused" the allergy by using a lotion that contained peanut oil on her skin when she was young. When I told him that I had seen several studies showing that that was not the case (as I never used such an oil on her) and that no link had definitly been established, he backed down. Also he said that my 75 lb daughter should still be on the Epi Jr! This is just a thumbnail of my appt., I have a few more "goodies", but you get the idea.
He wants to see her again in 6 months and I was too befuddled to say "why - these are lifelong allergies". DD's last allergist was only seeing us every 2 years. Again maybe $$$$$???
All comments or suggestions of what to do next are welcome.
On Jun 16, 2003
I don't know if I am too late, but I have a good allergist in Naperville/Downers Grove. Her name is Dr. Sakina Bharani and her partner is Dr. Asya Segalene. We have been with them for 8 years.
------------------ Mary Kay
On Jun 16, 2003
Thanks Mary Kay, I'll keep her in mind. I'm thinking that we'll wait at least a year before doing more testing since she is only 23 mo old. And I can't handle the trauma of another blood draw [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]. The last 2 times we've been the the pediatrician's recently, my dd has been crying and does anything to get away from the doc/nurses. I'm sure she remembers our trip to the hospital and both are in small rooms. Oh, I just feel for her.
Anyways, I did want to re-state that I wasn't completely upset with my appt with Dr. Hart. Sometimes it is in expectations and maybe I expected Dr. Perfect. But I'm comfortable with his knowledge of PA, just that there are so many studies and opinions out there. He also has been readily available to answer my question since our visit. And like julieb had written in another post - he comes to the phone and not a nurse.
But if anyone has other Docs to recommend, please post them. Thanks!
On Jul 21, 2003
Wow. I've missed a lot since I was last online several months ago. So sorry to hear that Dr. Hart wasn't as wonderful that one appointment as he's been for us with all our appointments. He is a nice guy and as said, he might have had a bad day.
Maggie, glad to hear you like him, too. I live in the area and you'll be happy to hear that the school districts in our area (Cary, CL, Wauconda, etc) are very aware of peanut allergies and very supportive. SO many horror stories from others with inept school districts. Consider us lucky. Take care, Julie B.
On Jul 26, 2003
Yes I really have been happy with Dr. Hart and recently his partner Dr. Dold also. I placed a call with a question and Dr. Dold seemed wonderful.
I also find our school here to be wonderful. We did have a problem with another child at one point and the school was all over it. I was surprised to find out that my DD is the only PA child in her school though.
On Mar 29, 2004
Dr. Hart was wonderful to work with this last time. Again, we didn't have to wait more than 5 minutes.
My dd is turning 3 so I wanted to have her tested for treenuts. I explained that I still wouldn't give her the tree nuts but wanted to know if she could be around them. He wrote me a script for a blood draw and asked me which nuts right then. Thankfully, he doesn't agree with scratch testing for treenuts/peanuts (as do I).
I also asked him about asthma as she an episode and all her colds go into her chest. He also gave her an Rx for an inhaler and gave us a spacer and mask. Also started her on Singular. He didn't think it was realistic or cost efficient to get a neubulizer for an almost 3 y/o that won't sit still very long. I was so happy that someone finally gave me some credibility. The 3 peds I've talked to about her asthma have just dismissed it.
He isn't a pediatric specialist but my daughter isn't quick to warm up to any man.
So I wanted to be sure to write about our visit in case anyone is looking for an allergist in Chicagoland.
------------------ Mom to Karissa June-01 (PA >100 CAP RAST)
On Apr 20, 2004
I was glad to see this post as I live in the southern suburbs of Chicago and am looking for a reputable allergist. I was suprised not to see anyone from Children's Memorial or any of the big hospitals mentioned (Loyola, UIC, etc.). Does anyone know anything about doctors affiliated with these hospitals? I have no problem driving as long as needed to get to a good doctor.
On Apr 20, 2004
When I was asking around for an allergist, someone here gave me the name of Dr. Jacqueline Pongracic out of Children's Memorial. She isn't on my insurance though.
I did a google and found this article by her; [url="http://www.contpeds.com/be_core/content/journals/k/data/2000/1200/kpongracic.html"]http://www.contpeds.com/be_core/content/journals/k/data/2000/1200/kpongracic.html[/url]
On Apr 21, 2004
Originally posted by mistey: [b]I was glad to see this post as I live in the southern suburbs of Chicago and am looking for a reputable allergist. I was suprised not to see anyone from Children's Memorial or any of the big hospitals mentioned (Loyola, UIC, etc.). Does anyone know anything about doctors affiliated with these hospitals? I have no problem driving as long as needed to get to a good doctor.[/b]
My cubs do not see an allergist, their pediatrician with Children's and several other hospitals is very "up" on their asthma, environmental allergies, food allergies, and their care in general, in my opinion. They have each seen him since birth. We did, in the past, and just because, visit an allergist and a pulmonary specialist. (The physician even wrote a referral). I live near Orland Park.
Disclaimer: I am not offering advice in any manner or form, just stating what is "works" for my cubs. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
On Apr 21, 2004
MamaBear- I live right on the boarder of Joliet and Shorewood- so not far away!
I LOVE ds's peditrician as well, but she said that she would be more comfortable with him seeing an allergist because he has so many issues. Which allergist did you see? Did you like him/her? I had one person give a recommendation of someone in Plainfield, but it was only from one person and she has never taken her son to anyone but that one person.
On Apr 21, 2004
Originally posted by mistey: [b]MamaBear- I live right on the boarder of Joliet and Shorewood- so not far away!
I LOVE ds's peditrician as well, but she said that she would be more comfortable with him seeing an allergist because he has so many issues. Which allergist did you see? Did you like him/her? I had one person give a recommendation of someone in Plainfield, but it was only from one person and she has never taken her son to anyone but that one person.[/b]
My email is in my profile, would you mind emailing me?
ps...........[i]you are right[/i] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] Joliet/Shorewood is a hop skip and a jump from me. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] (And the I-80 LaGrange RD interchange construction is complete) [i]Do you like to shop?[/i]
On Apr 27, 2004
I'm getting in late on this thread, but I take my dd to Dr.Kumar at Children's Memorial Hospital. He was our third allergist. We were totally impressed by the entir staff, their protocols, knowledge...I could go on and on. We left there with a written plan of action signed by Dr.Kumar to copy and distribute to family, babysitter, etc... The nurse reviewed safe practices over the holidays for handling food, made me demonstrate using an epipen(I didn't know to rub for 10 seconds after injecting) Gave us some epi-trainers and a movie on how to use epipens,gave us info on the local support group... Very, very thorough exam. My daughter excema finally was treated. Dr.Kumar made sure I understood his answers to my questions. We drive two hours to get there, but after being so frustrated with the first two docs we tried, the drive is worth it.
------------------ Denise Mom to Claire and Ava; 2.5 yrs Claire:MFA's including PA Ava:NKA's
On Apr 28, 2004
thank you so much- it's great to have options!
On Oct 2, 2004
I know I'm kind of late here, but I just joined!
I am in Crystal Lake, and I go to Allergy and Asthma Associates. We see Dr. Noga Askenazi M.D. We've only been there once, but I was happy enough. My son got a skin test, and showed positive for peanuts and dairy. The one problem I have is that they have him oral medication to counteract the reaction, and [i]then[/i] he got sick.
They have offices in Crystal Lake, Northbrook, Buffalo Grove and Bourbonnais.
------------------ Leann, Mom to: Shane, 4yrs, PA & DA Brenna, 1 yr, NKA
On Oct 13, 2004
Originally posted by Driving Me Nutty: [b]When I was asking around for an allergist, someone here gave me the name of Dr. Jacqueline Pongracic out of Children's Memorial. [/b]
General Disclaimer: I do not guarantee the currentness, content, or accuracy of the link in this post. I am not offering advice in any manner or form.
On Oct 20, 2004
counting the days till our appointment with the allergy specialist........
On Oct 20, 2004
adding: both cubs to see the specialist, since the youngest has an "incomplete diagnosis of PA" (nuts?)/some other food allergies and I believe the oldest, with "a diagnosis of PA/Nuts/Lentils" may be part of [b]"The Big Picture"[/b]. I'm also interested in the specialist seeing my oldest as well. I mean, why not? Both have a diagnosis of "Asthma".
I could be way off.
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