Highlights Sinusitis Sinusitis is an infection or inflammation of the sinuses, the air-filled chambers in the skull that are located around the nose. Bacteria are the most common cause of sinusitis, but there can be other causes as well. Symptoms of sinusitis include thick nasal discharge, facial pain or pressure, fever, and reduced sense of smell. Depending on how long these symptoms last, sinusitis is classified as acute, subacute, chronic, or recurrent. Non-Drug Treatment of Sinusitis Home remedies such as saline (salt) washes or sprays are helpful for removing mucus and relieving congestion. Steam inhalation is also beneficial. Patients with sinusitis should drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. Water, which helps lubricate the mucus membranes, is the best fluid to drink. Drug Treatment of Sinusitis Medication depends on the type of sinusitis and its cause. Non-prescription pain relievers such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen can help mild-to-moderate pain symptoms. Decongestants m...
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The average person farts about 14 times a day. If you are on a medication for RA, you can probably double that.
Drugs that help control the disease usually have side effects, many involving bodily functions and fluids not normally spoken of in polite society. But if the choice is between being in so much pain you can't move or higher-than-average flatulence, there really is no choice, is there? So you find a way to manage it and in the process, learn to be a lot less self-conscious.
There are two kinds of side effects: the ones you live with (covered in this post) and the ones where you need to make an appointment with your doctor. If you listen to your body and trust its messages, you will know the difference. When in doubt, see your doctor.
Sinus Infections Many immunosuppressant meds (e...
In the past couple of years, saline nasal irrigations such as the NetiPot have swept the United States as an all natural treatment for nasal allergies and chronic sinusitis. But a couple of recent studies make me wonder if nasal irrigation just might not be quite the "wonder treatment" that it's been cracked up to be.
The First Study: Nasal Irrigations May Increase Infections
The idea behind rinsing your nasal passages out with saline is to sweep out allergens and mucus, thereby relieving allergy symptoms. People have been raving about the positive effects, and you can't argue the lower cost and less invasive approach than medication.
But now a new study presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology by lead author, Dr. Talal Nsouli, a clinical professor of pediatrics and allergy/immunology at Georgetown University School of Medicine and director of Watergate & Burke Allergy & Asthma Centers, in Washington D.C. ...
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