One of the frequent questions I've seen here and on other asthma websites is whether asthma can be safely treated with (cheaper) over the counter medicines. So, I thought I'd use this post to explore the answers to that question.
Before I get started, though, let's refresh your memory about a couple of asthma facts:
Asthma is very treatable. While asthma is a chronic, long-term illness that often can't be avoided in the first place, the good news is that it is fairly easily treatable in most cases. With the right treatment, people who have asthma should be able to live full, active lives without many -- or any -- limits.
The best treatment for the majority of people with asthma is a daily or twice daily inhaled steroid. Of course, no one medicine works best for everyone, but research has shown that inhaled steroids are generally the most effective asthma medicine. If they are used correctly, as prescribed, they should control your symptoms most of the time.
Millions of Americans in pursuit of a remedy for stuffy nose and sinus pressure turn to over the counter (OTC) nasal sprays because of their quick action, availability and presumed safety. But did you know prolonged use of topical nasal decongestants (TNDs) often leads to addiction? Case in Point: A 32-year-old male was referred to me because of complaints of chronic nasal blockage. The patient suspected his problem was hay fever (allergic rhinitis). During the interview, he revealed that a year ago he began to have trouble sleeping because of a stuffy nose. He felt considerably better after using a TND before going to bed. Within 2 weeks he began to awaken in the middle of the night requiring another dose of his nasal spray for relief. One month later he required doses 4 times daily in order to avoid severe nasal congestion. By the time I saw him, he was going through almost a bottle of nasal spray daily. His diagnosis was Rhinitis Medicamentosa (RM) which means nasal inflammation (rhi...
Taking over-the-counter pain relievers, such as Advil or Aleve, might lower your risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), one of the most common forms of skin cancer, according to a new study published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology .
Researchers reviewed nine previous studies which also looked at the use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin, to a reduced risk of developing skin cancer. According to the scientists, the risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma dropped by 15 percent and could potentially become a part of overall prevention measures for SCC.
SCC is the second most common form of skin cancer with 700,000 new cases diagnosed each year in the United States. This type of skin cancer rarely metastasizes, however, it can become deadly if left untreated. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation , 8,800 people died from SCC in 2012. This type of skin cancer develops in the epidermis, or ...
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