Home – a place where many of us have been spending our time these last few months. With infections spreading, many of us will not attend traditional holiday gatherings or bond with extended family or friends. Unfortunately, with cases rising throughout Illinois and the country, it’s crucial that we limit small gatherings as these are a contributor to the rise in COVID-19 cases. While celebrating virtually or with members of your own household is an option, it may not cover the long days after you’ve logged off with your loved ones.
Haunted houses, ghosts and jack‑o’-lanterns are just a few familiar scares associated with Halloween. In 2020, COVID-19 has added a new level of fear to this holiday. What will the spookiest day of the year look like during a global health pandemic? Dr. Malini Kumar, a pediatrician with DuPage Medical Group, explains how COVID-19 will affect Halloween and what you can do to make this annual holiday ‘Spooktacular’ given the circumstances.
Your body mass index (BMI) is a broad way to help determine if you are at a healthy weight for your height. Your BMI can be used as a tool to decide if your weight is putting you at additional risk for health conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes. View our infographic to learn more about your BMI and when to consult your physician.
As you continue to wear a face mask in public to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, you may notice some side effects such as breakouts, dryness, redness or other forms of irritation. This is due to the mask creating friction against your skin and restricting your airflow, which causes a build-up of humidity, sweat and bacteria. Our Dermatologists provide some tips on how to avoid irritation from masking.
Essential oils have become a popular way to relax and support your emotional well-being. While many are drawn to essential oils because they’re considered to be natural products, they’re not always risk-free. Incorrect or over-use of essential oils can cause an allergic reaction, especially if you have asthma or are prone to environmental allergies. They can also pose health risks for pregnant women, children and pets. Allergist, Amee Majmundar, MD, shares tips on how to enjoy essential oils safely.
To effectively eliminate as many germs as possible and reduce the spread of diseases like COVID-19, it’s important to clean all commonly used surfaces throughout your home, car and handbag, including your electronic devices. Here are six tips to disinfect your electronic devices.
Did you know that nearly 70 percent of your immune system is housed in your gut? While frequent hand washing and social distancing are crucial in preventing the spread of illnesses, being mindful of the food and beverages you consume can also help support your immune system and keep you well.
Think about your current workout routine. Is it the same every day? Do you find yourself bored or unmotivated? Are you no longer seeing the results you used to? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may need to add variety and recovery into your routine. These are critical elements of any successful exercise program and can benefit everyone – from workout enthusiasts to those just starting to exercise.
It is recommended that adults receive seven to nine hours of sleep each night. However, getting the sleep you need to function at your best is not always as easy as it sounds.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately eight to ten percent of the United States population will become sick with an influenza (flu) virus each year. Additionally, the average American will catch between two to three colds per year. A cold and the flu are both caused by viral infections and produce a variety of unpleasant symptoms. Colds often are accompanied by nasal congestion and/or a runny nose, sneezing, coughing and a sore throat. Flu viruses can cause similar symptoms as well as fatigue, fever, head and body aches, and for some, diarrhea and vomiting. While there is no cure for either illness, several over-the-counter medications and home remedies may offer symptom relief.