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New Drug Shows Promise Against Severe Sinusitis

Posted 8 days ago by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2016 – An experimental drug for the treatment of nasal polyps has shown promise in a small, preliminary trial involving a group of patients struggling with chronic sinusitis. Dupilumab, which is injected, is aimed at helping those patients who do not respond well to current first-line treatments, such as corticosteroids. "The more severe patients are the target of the new treatment option," explained study author Dr. Claus Bachert, head of the Upper Airway Research Laboratory at Ghent University Hospital in Belgium. "A new treatment is needed because the currently available treatments – nasal and oral glucocorticosteroids and surgery of the sinuses – are often insufficient to control the disease and may have side effects," he added. Bachert and his colleagues published their findings in the Feb. 2 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study ... Read more

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Allergy and Asthma Sufferers Beware as Holiday Season Kicks In

Posted 23 Nov 2015 by

SATURDAY, Nov. 21, 2015 – There are a number of steps people with allergies and asthma can take to deal with the challenges they may face over the holidays, an expert says. "Two-thirds of allergy sufferers have symptoms year-round, so it's not just a matter of the first freeze hitting and your symptoms disappearing," Dr. Bryan Martin, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), said in a college news release. "Even after the pollen season dies down, there are environmental triggers to deal with – things like mold, dust and pet dander. The winter holidays can bring a whole new set of triggers," he explained. For example, very cold, dry air can trigger asthma, experts warn. When going outside in very cold weather, people with asthma should cover their mouth and nose with a scarf or face mask, especially if they're exercising. People with allergies and ... Read more

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Health Tip: Climate Can Affect Allergies

Posted 5 Oct 2015 by

-- Allergies can make the coming of a new season miserable. The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology explains how: Pollen from ragweed and trees tends to ramp up when the nights are cool and days warm. The morning hours tend to be highest for pollen counts. High humidity and high temperatures can promote rapid growth of mold. While rain can help wash away pollen, counts can soar when the rain ends. Days without wind are best for those with allergies. It's just about impossible to escape seasonal allergens simply by moving to a new location. Allergens lurk just about everywhere. Read more

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Sinus Surgery May Also Ease Sleep Apnea

Posted 10 Sep 2015 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 10, 2015 – Struggling to breathe with sinus troubles can keep you from getting a good night's sleep. But a new study suggests that surgery to deal with chronically stuffed sinuses can help people breathe and sleep better, including people with sleep apnea. The study found that 15 percent of people with chronically stuffed sinuses also had the sleep disorder obstructive sleep apnea. After surgery to clear the sinuses, people reported better quality of life and improved sleep, regardless of whether or not they had a sleep disorder. "Poor sleep, feeling tired, and fatigue are all frequent complaints of patients with chronic sinus disease," said study author Dr. Jeremiah Alt, an ear, nose and throat surgeon at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. According to Dr. Jordan Josephson, an ear, nose and throat specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, "Sinus and ... Read more

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Is It a Cold or an Allergy?

Posted 5 May 2015 by

TUESDAY, May 5, 2015 – It can be difficult for parents to tell whether their child has a cold or hay fever, but there are ways to distinguish between the two, experts say. "Runny, stuffy or itchy noses, sneezing, coughing, fatigue, and headaches can all be symptoms of both allergies and colds, but when parents pay close attention to minor details they will be able to tell the difference," Dr. Michelle Lierl, a pediatric allergist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, said in a hospital news release. "Children who have springtime or fall allergies have much more itching of their noses; they often have fits of sneezing and usually rub their noses in an upward motion," Lierl explained. "They also complain about an itchy, scratchy throat or itchy eyes, whereas with a cold, they don't." Nasal discharge is usually clear if someone has allergies and yellowish if someone has a ... Read more

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Steroids Won't Ease Most Sinusitis Attacks, Study Finds

Posted 7 Aug 2012 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 7 – Despite their increasing popularity as a treatment for sinusitis, corticosteroids do not seem to ease the symptoms of this common infection, a new Dutch study suggests. "This condition can considerably impair daily functioning, and its unpleasant symptoms may have a negative influence on the quality of life," said study author Dr. Roderick Venekamp, a postdoctoral researcher and general practitioner trainee in the department of otorhinolaryngology at the University Medical Centre Utrecht. "As a consequence, patients' needs toward an effective therapy are often high. This might explain the high antibiotic prescribing rates in daily practice," Venekamp said. "However, previous studies revealed that the vast majority of patients with mild to moderate acute rhinosinusitis do not benefit from antibiotics." "Nowadays, intranasal corticosteroids – anti-inflammatory drugs – ... Read more

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Steroid Nasal Sprays Show Small Benefit for Sinusitis: Study

Posted 15 May 2012 by

TUESDAY, May 15 – Corticosteroid nasal sprays apparently are not a silver bullet when it comes to symptom relief for acute sinusitis patients, a new review suggests. The British analysis of six prior studies found that the sprays confer only a small degree of benefit, and only after being taken for three weeks at relatively high doses. The disappointing observation comes amid growing public health concerns that the more common use of antibiotics for short-term sinusitis symptoms is both ineffective and potentially dangerous because the drugs contribute to bacterial resistance. "Looking at all the trials together, we found that nasal steroids seem to give a small benefit for patients with acute sinusitis," said study co-author Matthew Thompson, a senior clinical scientist in the department of primary care health sciences at the University of Oxford, in England. "In fact, they work about ... Read more

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Health Tip: Using a Nasal Spray for Allergies

Posted 18 Aug 2011 by

-- A nasal spray can help many allergy sufferers find relief from symptoms, but it's important that the spray be used correctly. The American Academy of Family Physicians mentions these suggestions when using a nasal spray: It may take as long as two weeks before you notice the spray's full effect. At least once per week, wash the canister that delivers the spray. Before you spray, sniff air into each nostril to allow the medication to go deep inside the nose. Aim the spray straight toward the back of your head. If used correctly, the spray shouldn't leak from your nose or down your throat. Stop using the spray for a few days if you have a nosebleed or feel pain in the nose. Use the medication as directed by your doctor, and store it out of direct sunlight. Read more

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Health Tip: Using a Steroid Nasal Spray

Posted 13 Jan 2009 by

-- Steroid nasal sprays can be used to help nasal congestion and mucus production, symptoms of conditions including sinusitis (sinus inflammation). The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions when using a nasal steroid spray: If your nasal spray comes in a canister, make sure you wash the canister device thoroughly at least once each week. Before you spray, sniff air into each nostril to be sure the passageways are clear. Point the nozzle straight toward the back of your head so that you don't waste the medicine. The medicine should not drip down the back of your throat or from your nose. Stop using the spray if you have nosebleeds or pain in your nose. Discuss these symptoms with your doctor. Give the spray time to work. You may not see results for up to two weeks. Read more

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