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Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever) affects about 30 million people in America and has increased in prevalence over the last 25 years. Allergy medications have dominated the shelves in many pharmacies as a result of the increasing brands of antihistamines, nasal sprays and decongestants. Despite the plethora of remedies, both over the counter (OTC) and by prescription, many people continue to suffer from chronic nasal congestion and post-nasal drainage.
Twenty five years ago intranasal steroids (INS) were ushered into the market as a novel approach to treating allergic rhinitis. Nasalid (flunisolide) led the way. Vancenase (Beclomethasone) and Nasacort (Triamcinolone) nasal sprays soon followed. These sprays offered a class of topically active steroids that, unlike previous nasal steroid sprays, had minimal systemic impact. This means the majority of the spray worked on the inner surface of the nose with very little absorption into blood vessels (reducing...
Treatment - nosebleed
To stop a typical nosebleed, sit down and gently squeeze the soft portion of the nose between your thumb and finger (so that the nostrils are closed) for about 5-10 minutes. Lean forward to avoid swallowing the blood and breathe through your mouth. Wait at least 5 minutes before checking if the bleeding has stopped. Almost all nose bleeds can be controlled in this way if sufficient time is allowed for the bleeding to stop.
It may help to apply cold compresses or ice across the bridge of the nose. DO NOT pack the inside of the nose with gauze.
For more information, see nosebleeds . For other nose emergencies or nosebleed injuries, see nose emergency first aid.
Let's face it -- dealing with nasal allergies (and related symptoms) is no joke. As I sit here typing this post, my nose is running, my eyes are tearing and a sneezing fit is grabbing me at least once every hour or so. And yes, I am taking my allergy medicine. But it's a hot, windy day here in Boise, Idaho, and those are prime conditions for a high pollen count and poor air quality. As these symptoms go on, I start to feel drained, annoyed and eventually down in the dumps.
Can you relate? The truth is, it is a well-known fact that allergies can have a significant impact on mood, energy and productivity in sufferers. In fact, studies have shown that most people with allergies feel that they sometimes impact on their lives in negative ways.
When Allergies "Attack"
When you suffer from nasal allergy, your body overreacts to certain substances or conditions in the environment, called allergens. Examples are: pollen, mold spores, pet dander, dust mites and insect dropp...
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