Category Archives: Asthma

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

Warm Weather Triggering Your Allergies?

Warm Weather Triggering Your Allergies?

Dusting out the shorts and barbecuing in the middle of February seems unheard-of.  Well, for the past week many fellow Chicagoans have taken full advantage of the record-high temperatures to enjoy some much-needed outdoor activities. However, for many the warm weather brought a big downside: allergies.

The unseasonably warm temperatures have triggered an early onset of spring allergies in many adults and children who suffer from seasonal allergies. The warm weather brings more rainfall which causes mold spores and tree pollen to be present in the air- which is very unusual for the middle of winter. Continue reading Warm Weather Triggering Your Allergies?

12 Surprising Asthma Triggers You Can Smartly Avoid

Chicago ENT’s very own Dr. Payal Patel speaks on asthma in the following Reader’s Digest article.

1. Hormones – Asthma is more common among women than men, which might be related to a correlation between asthma and the hormones estrogen and progesterone, says Payal Patel, MD, a member of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology. Asthma may get worse before and during your period or improve during pregnancy, Dr. Patel says. “This goes along with the theory that oral contraceptives can improve lung function due to reduced fluctuations in hormone levels,” she says. These are other unusual menstrual cycle symptoms to watch for.

2. Hypoallergenic Pets – Just because a cat or dog doesn’t shed doesn’t mean you’re safe from their irritants. Allergens can be found in urine and saliva, in addition to dander, Dr. Patel says. “Even pets labeled ‘hypoallergenic or nonshedding’ can trigger asthma,” she says. Stop falling for these common myths about allergies.  Continue reading 12 Surprising Asthma Triggers You Can Smartly Avoid