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By DuPage Medical Group Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
At the first sign of warmer weather it may be tempting to open up some windows and air out your home. If you or a family member suffers from allergies or asthma, opening up a window, especially during spring cleaning, may worsen symptoms by stirring up dust and allowing pollen to take up residence in your home. DuPage Medical Group Allergists share five common cleaning mistakes you can avoid to keep allergy symptoms at bay.
Hip arthroscopy surgery is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat various hip conditions, primarily labral tears and hip impingement. This option is an alternative to open surgery, resulting in less pain, less joint stiffness and shorter recovery times.
By Susan Mitchell, MD
No one knows how much alcohol should be considered “safe” in pregnancy. However, binge drinking and drinking throughout pregnancy are generally considered dangerous. We know that women who don’t drink at all in pregnancy are not at risk. But where between none and daily can be considered “safe”?
By DuPage Medical Group Vascular Surgery
Varicose veins are enlarged veins that often are visible and may cause discomfort, swelling or pain. Varithena® is a new, injectable foam treatment for individuals with varicose veins.
Topics and Subtopics: Arteries & Veins
By Sandra Banas, MD
Choking on food is the cause of death for approximately one child every five days in the United States, and leads to more than 12,000 emergency department visits per year. Children ages three or younger are at greatest risk, but older children are often affected too. Food is the most frequent cause of choking in children, but balloons, coins, and other small objects are also a primary risk. Not surprisingly, most episodes of choking occur in the home. The good news is that many cases of choking can be prevented. Read on to learn how you can reduce the risk to your child, grandchild, niece, nephew, or other young visitor in your home.
By DuPage Medical Group Cardiology
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for men and women, largely due to the fact that if heart disease is left untreated, it can cause a heart attack. Thanks to increased awareness and prevention efforts, most people are familiar with the traditional warning signs of a heart attack including squeezing, tightening or pressure in the chest, sudden dizziness, breaking out into a cold sweat or pain in the left arm. Over the last several years there has been a steady reduction in the number of heart-related deaths in males; however the mortality rates for women are declining at a much slower rate. This may be because the disease can manifest differently in women and produce other, more subtle symptoms. Did you know women are more likely than men to experience smaller, nonfatal or “silent” heart attacks? To learn more, read about other ways heart attacks may differ in women.
International travel, especially to rural areas and developing countries, may put your health at risk. Vaccines are often recommended in order to prevent travelers from harmful and potentially life-threatening illnesses. It is important to discuss any travel plans, especially trips outside of the country with a physician.