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Health Tip: Relieve Ear Pressure While Flying

Posted 11 hours ago by Drugs.com

-- The feeling of pain or popping in your ears during a flight is a common reaction to altitude-related changes in cabin air pressure. The air in the middle ear passes to the Eustachian tube. This connects the nose with the middle ear and allows your body to maintain a proper balance of air pressure on both sides of the ear drum. The National Sleep Foundation suggests frequent yawning and swallowing during takeoff and landing to help your body adjust to the changes in air pressure. You can also chew gum or suck on hard candy. If you have a cold or sinus infection, the NSF advises taking a decongestant before flying. Read more

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Health Tip: Learn Symptoms of Childhood Sinusitis

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

--Your child's sinuses are not fully developed until late in the teen years, but the child can still develop a sinus infection. Although small, the maxillary (behind the cheek) and ethmoid (between the eyes) sinuses are present at birth. Childhood sinus problems may be difficult to diagnose, because symptoms may be caused by other problems, such as a viral illness or allergy. According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, these symptoms may indicate a sinus infection: Cold-like symptoms lasting more than 14 days, sometimes with a low-grade fever. Thick nasal drainage, which may be yellow or green. Post-nasal drip, sometimes leading to a sore throat, cough, bad breath, nausea or upset stomach. Headache, usually in children 6 years or older. Irritability or exhaustion. inflammation near the eyes. Read more

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Allergy Relief Do's and Don'ts

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 – As the seasons change, more and more people are sneezing because of allergies. And the numbers are rising, with those in urban areas particularly affected, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Symptoms in the fall are most likely caused by ragweed. Summer sneezes? Blame grass and weed pollens. Symptoms in the spring? You're probably allergic to tree pollen. Climate change is making things worse. The spring allergy season is starting earlier and lasting longer. And ragweed pollen is being produced for a longer period, too. These allergies can start at any age – often by age 10. But you can develop them as an adult, too. Your doctor can diagnose seasonal allergies based on your symptoms, a physical exam and, sometimes, allergy tests. He or she can then prescribe medication to tamp down your reaction. Here are other ways to ... Read more

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When a Cold or Flu Strikes a Family Member

Posted 21 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 – When one child gets sick, you might brace yourself for everyone getting sick. But it's possible to keep healthy family members from falling ill, too. When taking care of a sick child, handwashing is more important than ever. All healthy family members should wash frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub. Do this after every contact with the sick person, their room and bathroom, and any items he or she used. Handwashing is a must after: Every contact with the sick child. Changing diapers. Cleaning soiled linens or clothing. Wiping the child's nose. Forget sharing right now – this extends from food, drinking glasses and utensils to combs, brushes and clothing, including hats and scarves. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, your best bet is to create a sick room within your home for the patient, away from ... Read more

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How to Fight Fall Allergies

Posted 28 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Aug. 27, 2017 – People who suffer from allergies may start sneezing and wheezing in the fall, but there are things they can do to ease their seasonal misery. "If it feels as though your allergy symptoms flare up earlier and earlier every year, you're probably not wrong," said Dr. Stephen Tilles, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). "Climate change may actually be causing an earlier and longer fall allergy season," he added in an ACAAI news release. "In addition, windy days can mean heightened allergy symptoms, because wind can carry the pollen from ragweed, grasses and trees up to 100 miles from its source." Tilles provided the following tips to help people with seasonal allergies avoid flare-ups of their symptoms: Plan ahead. So-called "fall" allergens actually start to appear in mid-August. If you rely on allergy medication, start ... Read more

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Quitting Smoking Can Bring Healthier Sinuses Years Later: Study

Posted 13 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 – Smoking can wreak havoc on your sinuses, but new research shows symptoms reverse within 10 years after quitting the bad habit. Researchers believe the findings may provide new motivation for smokers to stop smoking. "If patients tell me that they are smoking, I now have direct evidence to say that the same symptoms that are making them miserable are exacerbated further by smoking," said senior study author Dr. Ahmad Sedaghat, a sinus surgeon at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. "On the other hand, we can also be optimistic, because we have evidence to suggest that if you quit smoking, things will get better – on the order of 10 years," he added in a hospital news release. Sedaghat is also an assistant professor of otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School. Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) leads to facial pain, poor sleep and trouble breathing due to blocked ... Read more

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Health Tip: Rid Your Bedroom of Allergens

Posted 29 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Sneezing and sniffling triggered by allergies can prevent a good night's sleep. The National Sleep Foundation suggests how to rid your bedroom of allergens: If you're allergic to pets, keep them out of the bedroom. Bathe pets weekly. Cover your mattress and pillows in dust mite covers, and wash sheets regularly in hot water. Opt for blankets made of synthetic materials, not wool. Limit mold by keeping windows open in the bathroom. Fix leaks and clean up water promptly. If you do have a moldy area, hire a professional to clean it. Skip candles, scented laundry detergent, air fresheners and other heavy fragrances in your bedroom. Clean furnace, air conditioner and vacuum filters regularly. Read more

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Health Tip: Recognizing Summer Allergy Symptoms

Posted 15 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Allergies can cause symptoms that go well beyond the tell-tale red eyes, runny nose, sneezing and case of the sniffles. The American College of Asthma, Allergy & Immunology says additional symptoms of allergies may include: Allergic shiners, characterized by dark circles under the eyes. A tired, droopy look to the face caused by swollen adenoids. A line that forms on the bridge of the nose, called a nasal crease, from frequently rubbing of an itchy nose. Breathing through the mouth. Read more

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A Sufferer's Guide to Easin' Sneezin' Season

Posted 14 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 14, 2017 – When seasonal allergies strike, what remedy is right for you? The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has some answers. An allergy is your body's reaction to a substance it considers an invader. The body reacts to that invader by releasing chemicals called histamines, which cause the sneezing, wheezing and itchy, watery eyes that make life miserable, the FDA explains. Antihistamines are available in many forms, including tablets and liquids. Many oral antihistamines are available over-the-counter (OTC) and some are available by prescription and in generic form, according to the FDA. When choosing an OTC antihistamine, always follow label instructions, said Dr. Jenny Kelty, a pediatric pulmonologist at the FDA. Some can cause drowsiness and interfere with your ability to drive or operate heavy machinery. Others do not have this side effect, she noted in an FDA ... Read more

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When to Make Use of the Nose in a Medical Emergency

Posted 21 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 21, 2017 – A growing number of U.S. emergency rooms are giving patients medication through the nose instead of via injections or IVs, new research shows. The new approach "is easy, fast and noninvasive," wrote emergency department pharmacist Megan Rech and colleagues from Loyola University Health System in Maywood, Ill. Doctors or nurses simply place an atomizer attached to a syringe in the patient's nostril. When they push a plunger, a mist of medicine is released inside the nose, the study authors explained. Not only is that approach less painful than needles or IVs, it also reduces the spread of infectious diseases, according to the researchers. In some patients, including children, the elderly and the obese, the intranasal approach can deliver medication to the bloodstream more quickly than an injection, the researchers said. The study authors also noted that IVs and ... Read more

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Ready for Spring Allergies?

Posted 30 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 30, 2017 – Spring routinely spells misery for allergy sufferers, but a recent survey reveals that most patients don't try to manage their symptoms until it's too late. The survey asked more than 1,000 adults with seasonal allergies and more than 500 parents of children with seasonal allergies how they prepared for the high pollen counts that come with warmer weather. The survey found that three out of four only thought about managing symptoms once they were experiencing those symptoms or when allergy season had already started. Also, more than half did not know what prescriptions were available to ease their allergy symptoms, while roughly a third did not know their allergy triggers or how to ease symptoms. And less than half of adults surveyed visited a doctor for advice or got a prescription for an allergy treatment before allergy season began. The survey was ... Read more

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Centuries of Climate May Have Shaped Your Nose

Posted 16 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 16, 2017 – Love your nose or hate it, you can perhaps blame ancestral climates for how it looks today, new research suggests. "We focused on nose traits that differ across populations and looked at geographical variation with respect to temperature and humidity," explained study author Mark Shriver, a professor of anthropology at Penn State University. While many people assume they have their parents to thank for their pug, hooked or button nose, research by Shriver's team suggests that people's noses were shaped by local climates as their ancestors adapted over time to either warmth and humidity or cold and dry air. For the study, Shriver's group analyzed nostrils and nose shapes using high-tech 3-D facial imaging. Specifically, the researchers measured nostril width, distance between the nostrils, nose height, nose ridge length and how far the nose sticks out. One ... Read more

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Sinus Trouble Can Lead to Depression, Lost Work

Posted 10 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 10, 2017 – People who are depressed due to chronic sinus infections are less productive, according to a new study. They're more likely to miss work or school than those with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) who aren't depressed, researchers found. Scientists said their findings could lead to targeted therapy to help improve patients' overall quality of life. "We found that of all symptoms related to CRS – sinus, nasal or otherwise – the severity of depressed mood and depression symptomatology was the predominant factor associated with how often our CRS patients missed work or school due to their CRS," said senior author Dr. Ahmad Sedaghat. He is a sinus surgeon at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and assistant professor of otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School. CRS is a common illness that interferes with breathing and sleeping. The study authors identified three other issues ... Read more

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Immunotherapy Not a Quick Fix for Hay Fever

Posted 15 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 14, 2017 – Immunotherapy – often in the form of allergy shots – can combat the runny nose, itchy eyes, congestion, sneezing and sinus pressure of persistent hay fever. But it can't be done in less than three years, British researchers report. Two years of immunotherapy was only as effective as a placebo, the study authors said. The key, the researchers added, seems to be a third year of treatment. "Immunotherapy for hay fever [allergic rhinitis] involves receiving a high dose of grass pollen vaccine either as a monthly injection or as a daily pill placed under the tongue," said lead researcher Dr. Stephen Durham. He is a professor of allergy and respiratory medicine at Imperial College London in England. About 15 percent of Americans suffer from diagnosed hay fever, and 30 percent report having symptoms of hay fever, which can negatively affect quality of life and ... Read more

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Flu Cases Spiking Across the United States: CDC

Posted 10 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 10, 2017 – Flu activity spiked sharply across the United States this week, federal health officials reported Friday. Deaths from flu-related conditions continued at high levels, and hospitalizations among people over 65 and under the age of 4 are up. So far, 20 children have died from flu, said Lynnette Brammer, an epidemiologist for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "More children have died this year than at the same time last year," said Brammer. "This may end up being a bad year for kids, but we just don't know yet. Deaths look high for this year because last year was light. A lot of this is timing." Overall last year, 128 children died from flu-related complications, according to the CDC. Hospitalizations among people in their 50s and 60s are also increasing, and may actually be outpacing those for children, the CDC reported. Health officials noted ... Read more

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