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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Asthma is a chronic inflammatory condition that causes the airways (bronchi) to produce excess mucus and close, making breathing difficult. Treatment has two main objectives: first, to control and reduce inflammation and, second, to reopen the airways. Drugs that achieve the first goal are called anti-inflammatory agents, and those that bring about the second are called bronchodilators. Many asthma sufferers inhale these medications. Following are answers to a few commonly asked questions about dry-powder inhalers. What Are the Advantages of Inhaling Asthma Medicines? Anti-inflammatory treatment for asthma is long-term therapy. Often it is life long. Inhaling asthma medicine directly into airways and lungs has two advantages. First, the medicine goes directly to where it is needed and speeds relief of symptoms. And second, it limits the number of areas in the body exposed to the medicine and reduces the risk of side effects. Are there Different Kinds of Inhale...
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