Asthma has impacted the lives of millions of people for centuries. Many millions of research dollars have unlocked some of the mysteries of how and why the lungs make you cough, wheeze, short of breath or feel tight. Several medications have been developed to remedy this sometimes life-threatening disorder yet many people still suffer.
I think Dr. Paul Greenberger, an Allergy and Immunology Specialist at Northwestern University, Chicago (author of many research articles and head of the Allergy and Immunology Department and allergy training program) summed it up well in a recent article published in Allergy and Asthma Proceedings .
Dr. Greenberger elegantly summarizes the current state of thinking on asthma and how physicians should regard it as not just one disorder, but a syndrome.
The last several years of clinical research has revealed some very interesting facts about people who have difficult to control asthma. Many healthcare providers have scratched t...
Nasal congestion refers to a stuffy nose.
Nose - congested; Congested nose; Stuffy nose
Many people think that a nose gets congested (stuffy) from too much thick mucus. However, in most cases, the nose becomes congested when the tissues lining it become swollen. The swelling is due to inflamed blood vessels.
Newborn infants must breathe through the nose. Nasal congestion in an infant's first few months of life can interfere with nursing, and in rare cases can cause serious breathing problems. Nasal congestion in older children and adolescents is usually just an annoyance, but it can cause other difficulties.
Nasal congestion can interfere with the ears, hearing, and speech development. Significant congestion may interfere with sleep.
When nasal stuffiness is just on one side, the child may have inserted something into the nose .
A stuffy nose is usually caused by a virus or bac...
Definition Septoplasty is surgery to correct any problems in the nasal septum, the wall inside the nose that separates the nostrils. See also: Rhinoplasty Alternative Names Nasal septum repair Description Most patients receive general anesthesia before septoplasty. This will make you unconscious and unable to feel pain. Some have the surgery under local anesthesia, which numbs the area to block pain. You will stay awake if you have local anesthesia. Surgery takes about 1 to 1 hours. Patients usually go home the same day. Your surgeon will make a cut inside the wall on one side of your nose. The mucus membrane that covers the wall will be lifted up. Then your surgeon will remove or move any cartilage or bone that is causing the blockage in the area. After this, your surgeon will put the mucus membrane back in place. This membrane will be held in place by stitches, splints, or packing material. Why the Procedure Is Performed The main reasons for this surgery are: To repair a crooked, bent, or defo...
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