We have almost made it through the last of outdoor allergy season. Ragweed has run its course in most of the U.S. while mold spores try to survive the declining temperatures of the Midwest and Northeast. Currently outdoor mold, weather changes and shared germs are leading factors in the escalation of cough, wheezing, runny nose and sinus congestion plaguing many of us. Although many areas of the country will soon see a dramatic decline in outdoor mold counts as the first hard frost approaches, the common cold virus is here to wreak havoc for several more months.
As a parent, I know there is nothing more frustrating than hearing your child cough all night. During the fall and winter months, the common cold virus is often the culprit responsible for upper respiratory tract infections and asthma attacks in adults and children. Stopping the cough becomes a main goal for surviving work, school and sleep time.
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Dry skin can be uncomfortable and itchy.
Several breast cancer treatments can make your skin dry and flaky:
Often the dry skin will last as long as your course of treatment and then gradually go away after the treatment stops.
Managing dry skin
If you have severe dry skin with deep cracks in your skin that are bleeding and inflamed, talk to your doctor right away. There are medicines that can control any infection and ease itching and redness.
Tips to ease dry skin:
Apply a rich moisturizer several times a day , especially right after you bathe or wash your hands. You can also use an oil, such as baby oil, while your skin is still damp from a bath or shower. Oil has more staying power than cream and helps stop water from evaporating from your skin's surface.
Apply sun block with an SPF of 15 or higher to all areas that are exposed to the sun — face, ears, hands, and back of the neck — before you go outside.
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Two new studies presented at the 72nd American College of Gastroenterology Annual Meeting highlighted the sometimes confusing connections between gastroesophageal reflux and seemingly unrelated problems such as severe chest pain and chronic cough. In one experiment, researchers at Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston studied patients in emergency rooms who complained of serious chest pain. Researchers found that more women than men in their study were being rushed to the emergency room with chest pain that was not related to the heart. In fact, abnormal reflux of acid that would fit the diagnosis of acid reflux disease was seen in 57 percent of the patients. This study also highlighted the fact that men have more upright reflux, while women experience both reflux during sleep and while they are awake. Chronic cough was also considered at this year's annual gastroenterology meeting. Researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina recogni...
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