Many cases of asthma do not present with the typical recognizable symptoms. So you may not initially think asthma. You might think you have allergies or some other exposure to a substance or product in the environment, at home or in the work place, that’s instigating symptoms. You may also not think it’s asthma because the symptoms present at peculiar times and you don’t respond to traditional asthma therapy when it’s dispensed. You or your doctor, in that case, may even decide to increase dosages or add medications, and yet, you still don’t respond. What gives?
The more you look at external causes, the farther you may get from diagnosing the real inner cause: gastric reflux. It’s probably hard to imagine that acid produced by the stomach can cause shortness of breath. The fact is that gastric reflux is one of the most common causes of chronic cough.
How Acid Reflux works
The stomach produces acid i...
For the past several years, cardiologists have been beating the drum for lower blood pressure. We have all seen the studies and/or articles that have challenged the notion that the old cut-off of 140/90mmHg is too high for diagnosing high blood pressure. The medical community even went so far as to coin the new term "pre-hypertension" to describe individuals with a blood pressure over 120/80mmHg. Now, a review of data from an old study could change a few minds - there may a limit to the "lower is better" thinking - at least when it comes to blood pressure.
Researchers recently reviewed blood pressure data from the 2005 Treating to New Targets (TNT) study which, interestingly enough, was designed to determine if the "lower is better" philosophy applied to lowering LDL cholesterol. What they found was intriguing. As participants lowered their blood pressure they did indeed decrease their risk of cardiovascular death - but only up to a point.&nb...
When someone sneezes we usually say, “Bless you” but when you hear a bellowing cough your instincts are to run away. The suffering cougher goes unblessed and often feels isolated as people flee for cover hoping not to inhale any aerosolized infectious particles. Such defense mechanisms are not looked down upon in today’s era of germ avoidance, but what defense does the cougher have against the seemingly never ending cough?
The role and effectiveness of cough suppressants will be a topic to revisit on another day. More importantly, the cause of prolonged coughing should be identified. Let’s first discuss the difference between acute and chronic cough.
An acute cough generally goes away within three to four weeks for a child and within eight weeks for an adult. There are many causes of acute cough but the most common one is the common cold. Other causes include sinus infections, flu syndrome, other upper respiratory infections and ear i...
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