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Can Alcohol Really Impair Your Sleep and Cause Insomnia?

Alcohol and Sleep 

Drinking alcohol can make you feel drowsy and fall asleep quicker but did you know that alcohol can rob you from getting a good night’s rest?  Researchers have found that alcohol consumption before bedtime can reduce and harm quality and restorative sleep. Continue reading Can Alcohol Really Impair Your Sleep and Cause Insomnia?

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

Is Technology Causing Hearing Loss?

Modern technology has helped make our lives much easier- from futuristic voice recognition devices to top-of-the-line snow blowers and lawn mowers. But is all this technology causing people ages 20-69 to suffer from hearing loss? Well, the answer is “yes”! Our current sources of entertainment and machinery, designed to do most of the heavy work, is causing most Americans to lose a significant amount of hearing. Continue reading May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

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?

When Should I Be Giving My Baby Peanut-Containing Foods?

Dr. Patel Sheds Light To This New Peanut Study

Peanuts are loved and enjoyed by millions of people all over the world. As a matter of fact, peanuts are the preferred snack at most major ballparks. Not only are they delicious but nutritious as well. Peanuts are rich in unsaturated fat, a good fat considered very heart healthy and are an excellent source of vitamin E, niacin, protein, manganese, and folate. Continue reading When Should I Be Giving My Baby Peanut-Containing Foods?

Are You Allergic to Penicillin?

Penicillin allergy is one the most commonly reported drug allergy.  However, many times it is over diagnosed.  As many as 10% of patients report having a penicillin allergy but only 90% of them in fact do not have a true allergy to this medication.  A penicillin allergy can diminish as a person becomes older.  The most common story we hear is that patients were told by their parents they had a reaction to this antibiotic as a young child.  Since then, they have been avoiding it.

Not knowing if you are truly allergic to penicillin often leads to the use of alternative antibiotics. Given the rise in resistance of microbes to many antibiotics, finding a suitable alternative agent may become more toxic and expensive.  It is therefore important to be evaluated by an allergist to determine if you truly have a penicillin allergy.

How Do We Test to See if You Are Truly Allergic to Penicillin?  Continue reading Are You Allergic to Penicillin?