Months ago some qualified researchers (physician specialists in this case) published an article in Annals of Allergy , Asthma and Immunology which reported superior outcomes of intranasal steroid (INS) compared to antibiotic or placebo (a substance containing no medication but made to look like medication) in a clinical trial involving over nine hundred patients.
Acute Rhinosinusitis (ARS) is typically manifested by nasal congestion, runny nose, facial pressure or pain, postnasal drip and headache. It is often caused by viruses (like the common cold virus) and lasts up to 4-12 weeks according to these researchers. Interestingly, I’ve told patients for years, that viral based sinus symptoms shouldn’t last more than one and a half to two weeks.
Many healthcare professionals agree that antibiotics are grossly over prescribed for upper respiratory tract infections. Concerns about sinus infections are one of the most common reasons patients contact their doctor. Physici...
This post is the first in a series of Beginner's Guide to Rheumatoid Arthritis by Lene Andersen. Have a topic you'd like to see covered? Leave it in a comment!
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...
It's that time of year again, the time when a sniffly nose, head congestion, coughing, etc. often strike... and then stick around for days, or even weeks. There can be many reasons for this, what with being indoors more, socializing with more people through the holidays, inclement weather, new food, decorations and more due to the holidays, and so on.
The challenge comes in knowing what truly ails you, so that you can take steps to deal with it. So, this post will provide an overview of the various conditions that might produce symptoms during this season and how to manage, so that you can get and stay as healthy as possible.
If you have allergies, then you're probably used to dealing with them on a regular basis, at least during certain seasons, if not year round. Most people associate seasonal allergies with pollen season, but the truth is allergy symptoms often increase during the holidays.
In my earlier holiday triggers post, I detailed ...
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