Tag 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

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