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Months ago some qualified researchers (physician specialists in this case) published an article in Annals of Allergy , Asthma and Immunology which reported superior outcomes of intranasal steroid (INS) compared to antibiotic or placebo (a substance containing no medication but made to look like medication) in a clinical trial involving over nine hundred patients.
Acute Rhinosinusitis (ARS) is typically manifested by nasal congestion, runny nose, facial pressure or pain, postnasal drip and headache. It is often caused by viruses (like the common cold virus) and lasts up to 4-12 weeks according to these researchers. Interestingly, I’ve told patients for years, that viral based sinus symptoms shouldn’t last more than one and a half to two weeks.
Many healthcare professionals agree that antibiotics are grossly over prescribed for upper respiratory tract infections. Concerns about sinus infections are one of the most common reasons patients contact their doctor. Physici...
Cough, cold and flu season has arrived for most of the northern half of America. Doctor's offices are busier trying to squeeze patients in for sick visits. Emergency departments and Urgent Care Centers are shuffling patients in and out of examining rooms as they attempt to keep up with the increased demand for acute medical care. Some parents are getting less sleep as they listen to their children cough through the wee hours of the morning. Adults with upper respiratory tract infections try to decide whether they can afford another day off from work vs. go to work and feel miserable, as co-workers attempt to avoid them like the plague.
This time of year prescriptions for antibiotics skyrocket as doctors desperately attempt to remedy their patients that have sinus complaints. But how effective are antibiotics in these situations?
The majority of patients in health care settings that present with complaints of runny nose, nasal congestion, cough and headache have a viral ...
Can Are my frequent headaches and stomach pains related?
Hi, I am a 21-year old female who suffers from many headaches. It seems like I have been battling headaches for as long as I remember. When I was younger, I would get such bad headaches that I would cry all night long because I was in so much pain, enough that I wouldn't get any sleep. At that time, my family doctor told me that the cause of my headaches was my lack of vision and that I needed glasses. Now, I have been wearing glasses for over 15 years, and my headaches are still very present. And that's the least of it because I often get very bad migraines as well. They are bad enough that I feel dizzy, nauseous, and basically I am in a lot of pain. Light bothers me, loud noises bother me, and etc. For a 21-year old, I may be wrong, but it doesn't seem right. I shouldn't be getting so many headaches/migraines right? It's almost daily now, and that's not all as well. Now when I get my headaches, I have a ...
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