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We have almost made it through the last of outdoor allergy season. Ragweed has run its course in most of the U.S. while mold spores try to survive the declining temperatures of the Midwest and Northeast. Currently outdoor mold, weather changes and shared germs are leading factors in the escalation of cough, wheezing, runny nose and sinus congestion plaguing many of us. Although many areas of the country will soon see a dramatic decline in outdoor mold counts as the first hard frost approaches, the common cold virus is here to wreak havoc for several more months.
As a parent, I know there is nothing more frustrating than hearing your child cough all night. During the fall and winter months, the common cold virus is often the culprit responsible for upper respiratory tract infections and asthma attacks in adults and children. Stopping the cough becomes a main goal for surviving work, school and sleep time.
The Chicago Tribune published an article about the shortcomings of ...
Over-the-counter birth control methods are used during sex to avoid pregnancy and sometimes to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Over-the-counter means that they can be purchased by anyone, without a doctor's prescription.
For more information about birth control options, see:
Birth control and family planning
Birth control - over the counter; Contraceptives - over the counter
Over-the-counter birth control methods are not as effective against pregnancy as some prescription methods. However, they are more effective against STIs than any other method except not having intercourse (abstinence). They enable people to protect themselves against pregnancies and STIs without having to:
Deal with long-term side effects
Spend a lot of money
Wait for a doctor's appointment
A male condom is a thin sheath pla...
With so much attention on the looming deadline to remove CFC, doctor prescribed, metered dose inhalers from the market by December 31, 2008, many do not realize that another deadline is in the works.
As early as 2010, over-the-counter epinephrine metered dose CFC inhalers may also be removed, permanently and without an over-the-counter replacement. This begs the question for asthma and allergy patients, "What do you carry?" If you have asthma or severe allergies, you may routinely carry a metered dose inhaler to administer medicine in case of an emergency. However, have you ever left it behind, at the house, in the desk at work, the restroom at school, in the hotel room or under the movie seat?
According to reports and personal anecdotes, AAFA has learned that many asthma patients rely on over-the-counter epinephrine inhalers sold at pharmacies as a back up plan when they forget their own prescription metered dose inhaler. While this method is not recommended by...
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