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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...
Expectations after surgery
A splint (metal or plastic) will be applied externally to maintain the newly shaped bony structure when the surgery is complete. Soft plastic splints or nasal packs may also be placed within the nostrils to stabilize the septum (the dividing wall between the air passages).
Immediately following surgery, the nose and face will be swollen and painful. Headaches are common. Pain medications will control these discomforts.
Swelling and bruising around the eyes will increase and reach a peak after 2 or 3 days. Keeping the head raised (elevated) and placing cold compresses to the eyes can help reduce the swelling. Within 2 weeks, most of the swelling and bruising disappears. Some subtle swelling remains for several months, but this is generally unnoticeable to anyone but the patient.
During the first few days, minor bleeding from the nose is common. Do not blow the nose, pick the nose, or i...
It's Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis awareness month in May. Maybe I should be happy that I only have one month to commemorate instead of two, but right now, it all feels like too much.
And this is why I won't be walking for Lupus and/or Rheumatoid Arthritis this year.
For the past several years, I have done both walks with my aunt and sister. When my aunt asked me if we were going to do them this year, I said "I just can't." It's not that I cannot physically handle it. I can. But I can't handle it emotionally.
The last few months, I have been on health issue overload. It has been one thing after another, stopping and starting Methotrexate, and stopping it for good, starting Humira, and struggling with the transition that, that has entailed.
I feel like I'm experiencing chronic illness burn-out. So much of my life recently has been taken up with non-stop health stuff, that I just don't feel like parading around, wearing it on my sleeve, for all to see. It feels a b...
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