Category Archives: Allergies

Immunotherapy for Allergies? It’s a thing.

When you suffer from allergies, the symptoms you experience are the result of your body’s immune system reacting to allergens in the environment. When you breathe in these allergens, your immune system forms antibodies that trigger a chemical response causing symptoms like stuffy nose, runny nose, sneezing, or itchy eyes. These familiar allergy symptoms are actually signs of your immune system overreacting to the allergen.

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The Peanut Problem: Potential New Therapies for Food Allergies May Be Released in 2019

If your child suffer from food allergies, you are not alone. The prevalence of the “peanut table” in school cafeterias is not a new phenomenon simply because we are suddenly more sensitive to the problem—it’s a result of allergies becoming a problem more than ever before. According to one study, peanut allergies have risen more than threefold in the past 13 years. And a Fair Health study showed that allergy-related doctor and ER visits because of severe food reactions increased from 4.6% in 2007 to 22.1 percent in 2016. Food allergies are on the rise worldwide.

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Managing Asthma in Urban Areas 

Dr. Payal Patel is Part of Expert Panel

Asthma is a major noncommunicable disease prevalent across the United States in 7.6% of adults and 8.4% of children. In Chicago, 10.8% of adults reported having asthma in 2014.
In Illinois, the percentage of adults and youth reporting that they are currently having asthma is higher than the percentage nationwide. Continue reading Managing Asthma in Urban Areas 

Cutting-Edge Technology to Detect and Diagnose Asthma

Now Offered at Chicago ENT

Asthma affects an estimated 26 million Americans and is one of the leading causes of work and school absences. Asthma is defined as a serious chronic medical condition causing inflammation and narrowing of the bronchial tubes, the passageways that allow air to enter and leave the lungs. Continue reading Cutting-Edge Technology to Detect and Diagnose Asthma

What Are Allergies & Why Do We Get Them?

The 411 on Allergies

According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, more than 50 million Americans including children suffer from allergies. Over 6 million school and work days are missed each year because of allergy symptoms. But what exactly are allergies and why do people suffer from them while others don’t? We sat down with Dr. Payal Patel, board-certified pediatric and adult allergy and immunology physician at ChicagoENT and asked her to give us the 411 on allergies. Continue reading What Are Allergies & Why Do We Get Them?

SAFETY RECALL NOTICE

EPIPEN / EPIPEN Jr. RECALL

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting consumers of a voluntary recall of specific lots of Mylan’s and Pfizer’s Epipen and Epipen Jr. Auto-Injectors.  This recall is due to two reports of potential defect that could make the device difficult to activate in an emergency.Information may change about this recall so please check Mylan.com/EpiPenRecall for updated information. Continue reading SAFETY RECALL NOTICE

Ask A Doc-How Do I Treat Eczema?

Eczema and Allergies

Patients with eczema have dry, itchy skin that can flare because of allergies (environmental factors or foods). Generally, it begins in childhood but can last well into adulthood.  To reduce flares or even symptoms, it is important to follow a good skin regimen. Dr. Ayesha Siddiqi, board-certified allergy and immunology specialist at ChicagoENT is providing helpful tips to help keep eczema at bay. Continue reading Ask A Doc-How Do I Treat Eczema?