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One of the first posts I wrote when I joined MyAllergyNetwork.com was about how you could know which allergy medicine would be best for you. And to date, it is still one of the most popular articles on this site. Seems allergy medication is a hot topic for allergy sufferers!
I understand why. There is nothing more annoying than trying to get through your day and having to put up with constant sneezing, a runny nose, feeling like your head's going to explode, not to mention itchy eyes, nose and throat, or maybe watering, burning eyes. I've been there with you every step along the way and it is no fun. All we want is a little relief, right?
So, since it's been 3 years since I wrote that original post, I thought it was a good time to revisit the topic and update you on all the new choices you have available now. And that's the good thing about allergies -- they're so common, new medications are being developed all the time.
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Alternative Names Fracture of the nose; Broken nose Prevention Wear protective headgear while playing contact sports, riding bicycles, skateboards, roller skates, or rollerblades. Use seat belts and appropriate car seats when driving. References Drezner JA, Harmon KG, OKane JW. Sports medicine. In: Rakel RE, ed. Textbook of Family Medicine . 7th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 41. Riviello RJ. Otolaryngologic procedures. In: Roberts JR, Hedges JR, eds. Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine . 4th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2004:chap 65. Belleza WG, Kalman S. Otolaryngologic emergencies in the outpatient setting. Medical Clinics of North America . March 2006;90(2):329-353.
We are almost through ragweed season but some of my patients are wondering what made this year's season so bad. Actually, a certain number of allergy sufferers experience a peak in their nasal symptoms every spring and/or fall season which may be worse than previous years. But the most common mid-season question I encounter is: "Why have my medicines stopped working?"
Research on allergy and asthma patients has yielded some interesting information on the use of prescribed allergy medications and "control" of these disorders. [i] A major factor in the successful management of allergic airway problems is "adherence".
Adherence is a term that expresses the degree to which a patient consistently follows an agreed upon treatment plan under the doctor's supervision.
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