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The Etiquette of Ahhhchoo!

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 11, 2017 – Sneezing is your body's way of getting rid of nasal invaders like pollen, pet hair or viruses. But while sneezes may be good for you, they can spread germs to others. Texas A&M University Health Science Center researchers offer some suggestions about protecting yourself and everyone else during the sneezing season: Look at the big picture. Be aware that the germs in a sneeze can travel far, potentially more than 10 feet, to land on surfaces where they can live for weeks. Antibacterial wipes can help reduce the risk that you'll touch germs when you make your way around the world each day. Hand hygiene helps. If you cover your sneeze with your hands, make sure to wash them afterward using soap and warm water for at least 30 seconds. Hand sanitizer isn't enough on its own. Otherwise, the germs may take up residence in your hands and spread to other people ... Read more

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Health Tip: Trying to Unclog That Stuffy Nose?

Posted 12 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Over-the-counter decongestants can spell relief from a stuffy nose, but it's important to use them properly to avoid side effects. The American Academy of Family Physicians advises: Read and follow package instructions. Do not take more than the recommended dose. Check with your doctor to make sure an OTC decongestant is safe to take with your other meds. Don't take more than one decongestant at a time. Call your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions. Read more

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Health Tip: Health Tip: Manage Allergies

Posted 20 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

-- If pets make you sniffle, sneeze, itch and cough, there are things you can do that don't include getting rid of Fido or Fluffy. The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology recommends: Limiting how much time you spend around your pet. Taking nasal spray, an antihistamine or bronchodilator, as directed by your allergist. Talking to your doctor about allergy shots. Don't let the pet into your bedroom. Always wash your hands immediately after touching your pet. Give the pet a bath once weekly. Use a high-efficiency vacuum or HEPA air filter at home. Read more

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Easing Your Child's Allergies

Posted 16 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 15, 2016 – Up to 40 percent of children in the United States have nasal allergies, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. These kids likely have persistent sneezing, along with a stuffy or runny nose. These symptoms – known as allergic rhinitis – are more likely to develop if one or both parents have allergies, the agency noted. Nasal allergies can be caused by outdoor allergens such as plant pollens (seasonal allergies) or indoor allergens such as mold, dust mites and pet dander. If your child has seasonal allergies, pay attention to pollen counts and try to keep him or her inside when pollen levels are high, the FDA suggests. In the spring and summer, during the grass pollen season, pollen levels are highest in the evening. In the late summer and early fall, during ragweed pollen season, pollen levels are highest in the morning. Some molds may also be seasonal. ... Read more

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Health Tip: Spot Signs of Summer Allergies

Posted 6 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Think you've had a summer cold? Summer allergies might actually be to blame. Here are some warning signs of allergy, courtesy of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: Dark circles below the eyes. Swollen adenoids that cause the face to look tired and droopy. A nasal crease, which is a line that forms on the bridge of the nose. Breathing through the mouth due to nasal congestion. Read more

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An Expert's Guide to Sneezin' Season

Posted 16 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 16, 2016 – This could be a bad spring allergy season and people with allergies need to be prepared, an expert warns. "With the crazy up and down weather, some parts of the country could see worse allergy-provoking conditions. There is likely to be a pollen superburst this season, so sufferers should get ready," Dr. Jordan Josephson, a sinus specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, said in a hospital news release. "It promises to be a nasty spring," he added. It's crucial to deal with allergy symptoms immediately, according to Josephson. "Allergies left untreated can cause sinus swelling leading to chronic sinusitis. Allergies can also affect your digestive tract. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can be a direct response of the allergic response. So allergies can seriously affect your quality of life. Just ask any allergy or sinus sufferer," he said. ... Read more

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New Drug Shows Promise Against Severe Sinusitis

Posted 3 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

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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Health Tip: Treating Your Child's Cold

Posted 12 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Your child has a nasty cold, but you've been told the toddler is too young for an over-the-counter cold medicine. So what do you do? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends: Blowing the nose is best. Avoid antihistamines unless it's suspected that allergies are the cause. Using a saline nasal wash also can help a stuffed up nose. For stubborn mucus, carefully remove with a wet cotton swab. Offering warm, clear fluids to a baby aged 3 months to one year for a cough (never honey at this age.) Offer honey for children 1 year and older. For coughing, have the child breathe in a steamy bathroom. Offer plenty of fluids to help thin secretions. You can also run a humidifier. Read more

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Ah-Choo! Sneeze 'Cloud' Quickly Covers a Room, Study Finds

Posted 23 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 23, 2015 – Just in time for cold and flu season, a new study finds the average human sneeze expels a high-velocity cloud that can contaminate a room in minutes. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) came to that conclusion by analyzing videos of two healthy people sneezing about 50 times over several days. It's well known that sneezes can spread infectious diseases such as measles or the flu, because viruses suspended in sneeze droplets can be inhaled by others or deposited on surfaces and later picked up as people touch them. But it wasn't clear how far sneeze droplets can spread, or why some people are more likely to spread illness through sneezes than others. In a prior study, the team led by MIT's Lydia Bourouiba found that within a few minutes, sneeze droplets can cover an area the size of a room and reach ventilation ducts at ceiling height. ... Read more

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Allergy and Asthma Sufferers Beware as Holiday Season Kicks In

Posted 23 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

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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Dogs in the Home May Lower Kids' Odds for Asthma

Posted 2 Nov 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 2, 2015 – Exposure to dogs or farm animals early in life appears to reduce a child's risk of developing asthma, a new study shows. Researchers looked at more than one million Swedish children. They found that those who grew up with dogs in the home were nearly 15 percent less likely to develop asthma than those not exposed to dogs. The new study also confirmed earlier research showing that children who grow up on farms have lower rates of asthma. While the study can't prove cause-and-effect, it does "support the 'hygiene hypothesis,' in that early exposure of children to microbes may support the development of a healthy immune system," said Dr. Sherry Farzan, an allergist and immunologist at North Shore-LIJ Health System in Great Neck, N.Y. She was not involved in the study. The findings were published online Nov. 2 in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. The study was led by ... Read more

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Prepare Yourself for Cold, Flu Season

Posted 29 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 29, 2015 – Cold and flu season has arrived, but there are a number of things you can do to protect yourself from infection, an expert says. "People over the age of 65 should get a high-dose flu shot. People under the age of 65 should get a regular flu shot. People who are under 65 and allergic to eggs should get nasal flu spray," Dr. Howard Selinger, chair of family medicine in the School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, said in a university news release. "Flu shots are safe, last for a year and are covered by insurance." People with chronic illnesses require even more protection, Selinger said. "People over 65 with any type of chronic illness, such as diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease, should get two pneumonia vaccines: Pneumovax and Prevnar. These vaccinations are given separately and protect from 36 strains of pneumococcal pneumonia. ... Read more

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Drugs May Be as Good as Surgery for Chronic Sinusitis

Posted 29 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 29, 2015 – If you struggle with chronic sinus infections and think surgery is the only way to end your misery, new research suggests that's not always the case. Sticking with treatments that can include nasal sprays, antibiotics and antihistamines may be as effective as surgery in helping some patients achieve a better quality of life, the small study found. Among 38 patients with chronic sinus infections who continued with medical therapy rather than have surgery, the annual cost of lost productivity dropped from more than $3,400 to about $2,700 over almost 13 months of treatment. Moreover, absenteeism was reduced from five days to two days and going to work sick was cut from 17 days to 15 days, the researchers reported. "Patients who have relatively minimally reduced productivity at work and minimally reduced quality of life from their underlying chronic sinusitis can ... Read more

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Health Tip: Climate Can Affect Allergies

Posted 5 Oct 2015 by Drugs.com

-- 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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Colds, Flu Up Odds for Stroke in Kids, Though Risk Is Low: Study

Posted 30 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30, 2015 – Having a cold or the flu may sometimes trigger a stroke in children – particularly those with underlying health conditions – though the overall risk remains low, a new study indicates. Comparing two groups of more than 350 children – one set had suffered "ischemic" clot-based strokes and the other had not – researchers found that those with stroke were six times more likely to have had a minor infection the previous week than those who didn't have a stroke. Also, children who had most or all of their routine vaccinations were significantly less likely to suffer a stroke than children who received only some or no vaccinations, according to the study, published online Sept. 30 in the journal Neurology. "The findings are definitely revelatory in terms of expanding our understanding of childhood stroke compared to a decade ago," said study author Dr. Heather ... Read more

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