Generic Name: GUAIFENESIN/PHENYLEPHRINE - ORAL Pronounced: (gweye-FEN-eh-sin/fen-ill-EFF-rin) Mucus Relief Sinus Oral Uses
This combination medication is used to temporarily treat
cough and runny/stuffy nose (nasal congestion) caused by infections (such as
the common cold), allergies (such as hay fever), and other breathing illnesses.
This product is usually not used for ongoing cough from smoking or long-term
breathing problems (such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema) unless directed by
your doctor. Guaifenesin is an expectorant. It works by thinning and loosening
mucus in the airways, clearing congestion, and making breathing easier.
Phenylephrine is a decongestant (sympathomimetic). It reduces nasal congestion
by narrowing the blood vessels in the nose.
If you are self-treating with this medication, it is
important to read the package instructions carefully before you start using
this product to be sure it is right for you. (See also Pr...
Chronic sinusitis is inflammation of the air-filled spaces (sinuses) behind the forehead, cheeks, and eyes, which continues for a long time or keeps coming back.
See also: Sinusitis
Chronic sinus infection; Chronic sinusitis
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
The sinuses are openings in the bones around the nose. Four pairs of sinuses connect to small openings in the nose area. Normally, air passes in and out of the sinuses, and mucus and fluid drain from the sinuses into the nose.
Sinusitis is usually due to allergies or infection. When sinusitis keeps coming back or continues for a long period of time, it is considered chronic. Causes of chronic sinusitis include a deviated nasal septum or other blockage of the nose that can trap fluid in a sinus. Dental infections such as tooth abscess may spread into the sinus and also lead to chronic sinusitis. Allergy to the aspergillus species of fungus appears to ca...
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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