Avoiding Hidden Thanksgiving Allergens

Avoiding Hidden Thanksgiving Allergens

Thanksgiving – our favorite holiday centered around family and food. For the millions of Americans living with asthma and food allergies, it is just another complicated day of navigating an assortment of potential health triggers. Whether it’s the diary in the...
COVID vs. Cold vs. Flu vs. Seasonal Allergies

COVID vs. Cold vs. Flu vs. Seasonal Allergies

With seasonal allergies in full swing and flu season on the way, there are lots of questions symptom similarities and determining the difference between COVID-19, a common cold, the flu and allergies. This chart can help you figure out which illness your symptoms may...
Facts About Ragweed Pollen

Facts About Ragweed Pollen

If you live in Chicago, there is no doubt you’re starting to feel the allergic effects of ragweed pollen. Ragweed pollen is one of the most common allergies – about 23 million Americans are affected by ragweed pollen. The light pollen spreads so easily that it...
Symptoms of a Sinus Infection

Symptoms of a Sinus Infection

A sinus infection, also known as sinusitis, occurs when the cavities around the nasal passages become infected and swollen.  Sinus infections share many symptoms with the common cold, making it easy for people to delay appropriate treatment. Because it can be...
What Is An Allergy Skin Test?

What Is An Allergy Skin Test?

Skin testing for allergies has become the most reliable method of testing. They’ve been in use successfully for over 100 years and combined with a physical examination and a patient’s medical history, can provide for accurate and precise information than a blood test....
Allergies in Adulthood

Allergies in Adulthood

Can you develop new allergies as an adult? You may find yourself wondering that, if all of a sudden your pet is causing your eyes to itch or you can’t stop sneezing outdoors. While you never had these issues as a child growing up, they’ve now taken you by surprise as...
How to Allergy-Proof Your Home

How to Allergy-Proof Your Home

Due to social distancing efforts, we are all spending much more time at home these days than usual.  For people that suffer from allergies, this means increased exposure to allergens that exist in your home.  Many people are aware of outdoor allergens like pollen and...
Easter Meals and Common Allergens

Easter Meals and Common Allergens

With the recent coronavirus outbreak, it’s safe to say that Easter may be slightly different this year in Illinois.  Stay-at-home orders mean that many families will be finding alternative ways to celebrate the holiday, just as families that manage different food...
Allergies and COVID-19

Allergies and COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has recently brought up concerns over whether allergy and asthma patients should continue to take routine medications, including inhaled and intranasal corticosteroids. The confusion comes from multiple sources, including the World Health...

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