Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever) affects about 30 million people in America and has increased in prevalence over the last 25 years. Allergy medications have dominated the shelves in many pharmacies as a result of the increasing brands of antihistamines, nasal sprays and decongestants. Despite the plethora of remedies, both over the counter (OTC) and by prescription, many people continue to suffer from chronic nasal congestion and post-nasal drainage.
Twenty five years ago intranasal steroids (INS) were ushered into the market as a novel approach to treating allergic rhinitis. Nasalid (flunisolide) led the way. Vancenase (Beclomethasone) and Nasacort (Triamcinolone) nasal sprays soon followed. These sprays offered a class of topically active steroids that, unlike previous nasal steroid sprays, had minimal systemic impact. This means the majority of the spray worked on the inner surface of the nose with very little absorption into blood vessels (reducing...
Alternative Names Something stuck in the nose; Objects in the nose Prevention Discourage children from putting foreign objects into body openings. Keep small objects out of the reach of infants and toddlers. References Thomas SH, White BA. Foreign bodies. In: Marx JA, Hockberger RS, Walls RM, et al, eds. Rosens Emergency Medicine: Concepts and Clinical Practice . 7th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2009:chap 57.
Getting rid of the traditional bicycle saddle and replacing it with a no-nose seat can increase erectile function, improve penile tactile sensation and reduce groin numbness, according to a study recently published in the August edition of the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
Millions of men use bicycles for recreational and work purposes. Constant cycling results in restricted vascular flow to and from the penis which can in turn influence sexual function. According to Vinnod Narqund, a consultant urological surgeon at St. Bartholomew's hospital in London, prolonged cycling causes considerable heat in the pelvic region. Mountain bike riders have a higher incidence of abnormal scrotal findings, twisting of the spermatic cord and bleeding in the scrotal sac. Less common symptoms associated with cycles include priapism, penile vein thrombosis, prostatitis and elevated serum PSA (prostate specific antigen - one of the tests used to detect prostate cancer).
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