In this entry, I would like to discuss some recent findings on the association with "rhinitis" - inflammation of the nasal passages that often causes runny nose and congestion -- and asthma. In an earlier entry, I reviewed the connection between allergies and asthma. Over 2/3 of asthmatics have allergies, which often cause symptoms in the form of hay fever. This number is even higher in kids, and many children with asthma are followed by a pediatric allergist since many of them developed allergies requiring treatment before developing asthma. But what about the other 1/3 of adults who do not have allergies, and is there a connection between having chronic nasal symptoms and asthma regardless of allergies?
Rhinitis is associated with developing asthma Many individuals have asthma and allergies, and have symptoms of both asthma and hay fever. In general, there are more people with hay fever who do not have asthma than those who do. Is there a risk of developing asthma in adulthood...
Changes in bowel movements can be concerning, but how do you know when and if you need to seek help?
A change in bowel movements can be a difficult problem to figure out. Everybody's gastrointestinal tract functions differently. While most people move their bowels one to two times a day, some people go three to four times a day, while others only once or twice a week. A change in the number or consistency of stool should alert you to see your physician.
Depending on your age, and other associated symptoms, a gastrointestinal evaluation may be warranted. If there is associated weight loss, abdominal pain or bleeding, an urgent evaluation with your physician is imperative. If not, you can attempt to see if the diarrhea resolves on its own. Over the counter antidiarrheals such as immodium or kaopectate can be taken to try to stop the diarrhea. If you are experiencing pain, or bleeding, check with your physician prior to taking any medications to stop diarrhea. You might hav...
Bloody stools often are a sign of an injury or disorder in the digestive tract. Your doctor may use the term "melena" to describe black, tarry, and foul-smelling stools or "hematochezia" to describe red- or maroon-colored stools.
Stools - bloody; Hematochezia; Melena; Stools - black or tarry
Blood in the stool may come from anywhere along your digestive tract, from mouth to anus. It may be present in such small amounts that you cannot actually see it, and it is only detectable by a fecal occult blood test.
When there is enough blood to change the appearance of your stools, the doctor will want to know the exact color to help find the site of bleeding. To make a diagnosis, your doctor may use endoscopy or special x-ray studies.
Black stool usually means that the blood is coming from the upper part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This includes the esophagus, stomach, and the first part of the small i...
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