Let’s get rid of the word, stigma, once and for all. Every once in a blue moon, I feel the urge to sound off. Please indulge me:
As a word, “stigma” is an insult to the outrages inflicted upon our population. Its use - even by well-meaning people - only perpetuates our status as third-class citizens. A quick history lesson:
In the US, during the first decades of the twentieth century - in the name of the improvement of the human race, with the sanction of the Supreme Court - 30,000 individuals deemed mentally unfit were subjected to enforced sterilization.
In Hitler’s Germany, some 300,000 to 400,000 forced sterilizations were carried out. Then, beginning in 1939, a quarter million mentally and physically disabled people were gassed in special “euthanasia” centers.
We live in a more enlightened age, but the basic premise that we are not welcome as equals in society remains substantially unchallenged. We are no...
Although asthma death rates have declined, it continues to be a leading cause of missed work and school in the United States. The National Institute of Health (NIH) revised their asthma diagnosis and management guidelines in 2007. This over 600 page document has become the Holy Grail of asthma treatment and clinical research in the United States.
Whether a child or adult with asthma should have a daily controller medication is dependent on a whether the asthma is "persistent".
When is asthma persistent? Great Question!
Asthma is persistent when:
-There are limitations in normal routine (work/school) because of asthma. For example, huffing and puffing as you walk up one flight of stairs, noticing classmates or coworkers gliding by with ease.
-Symptoms of asthma (cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, or chest tightness) occur more than two days per week.
-Reliever inhaler is required more than two days per week (don't count the inhalations taken...
Generic Name: GUAIFENESIN/DEXTROMETHORPHAN/DECONGESTANT -
ORAL Cough & Cold Oral Uses
This combination medication is used to temporarily treat
cough, chest congestion, fever, body aches, and stuffy nose symptoms caused by
the common cold, flu, or other breathing illnesses (e.g., sinusitis,
bronchitis). Guaifenesin is an expectorant that helps to thin and loosen mucus
in the lungs, making it easier to cough up the mucus. Dextromethorphan is a
cough suppressant that affects a certain part of the brain (cough center),
reducing the urge to cough. Decongestants help to relieve stuffy nose symptoms.
This product also contains acetaminophen (APAP), a non-aspirin pain reliever
and fever reducer.
This medication is not usually used for ongoing coughs
from smoking, asthma, other long-term breathing problems (e.g., emphysema), or
coughs with a lot of mucus unless directed by your doctor.
Cough-and-cold products have not been shown to be saf...
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