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Health Tip: Relieve Ear Pressure While Flying

Posted 2 days 21 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 14 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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Kids' Colds Linked to Asthma, Lung Problems Later

Posted 19 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2017 – Kids who develop respiratory infections like colds or sinusitis may have a higher risk of asthma and reduced lung function later in life, a new study says. Researchers examined data from nearly 155,000 children in Europe. They were followed from birth through ages 4 to 15 years. Those who had an upper respiratory infection – such as a cold, sinusitis, laryngitis and tonsillitis – by age 5 had an increased risk of asthma later in life. Their risk was 1.5 times higher. Young children who had lower respiratory tract infections such as bronchitis, bronchiolitis, pneumonia and general chest infections saw their asthma risk double or quadruple. They were also more likely to later develop reduced lung function, according to the study. "These findings support the hypothesis that early life respiratory tract infections may influence the development of respiratory ... Read more

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White Kids More Likely to Get Unneeded Antibiotics

Posted 5 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 5, 2017 – White children are about twice as likely as black or Hispanic kids to get unneeded antibiotics when treated in U.S. emergency rooms for viral respiratory infections, a new study finds. For years, scientists have warned that unnecessary use of antibiotics is making germs stronger and more resistant to medications. "It is encouraging that just 2.6 percent of children treated in pediatric emergency departments across the nation received antibiotics for viral acute respiratory tract infections, since antibiotics are ineffective in treating viral infections," said study leader Dr. Monika Goyal. "However, it is troubling to see such persistent racial and ethnic differences in how medications are prescribed," said Goyal. She is the director of research in the division of emergency medicine at Children's National Health System in Washington, D.C. Upper respiratory ... 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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Heart Attack Risk Spikes After Respiratory Infection, Study Finds

Posted 16 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 – The risk of heart attack increases sharply after a respiratory infection, a new study finds. But the absolute risk that any one episode will cause a heart attack is low, the Australian researchers added. The researchers looked at 578 people who suffered a heart attack and found that 17 percent had experienced symptoms of respiratory infection within seven days before the heart attack, and 21 percent within the prior month. The risk of a heart attack is 17 times higher in the week after a respiratory infection, the University of Sydney team concluded. In a second analysis, the researchers focused on upper-respiratory tract infections, such as the common cold, sore throat, hay fever and sinus infections. "For those participants who reported milder upper-respiratory tract infection symptoms, the risk increase was less, but was still elevated by 13-fold," study ... 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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Scented Rooms, Products? Many Health-Conscious Americans Say 'No Thanks'

Posted 2 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 2, 2016 – Lavender, lemon or lilac: Whatever the artificial aroma, more Americans are avoiding scented spaces and products, a new survey shows. Fragranced products such as soaps, candles and air fresheners cause more than one-third of U.S. adults to suffer ill health effects, including headaches, dizziness and breathing difficulties, researchers said. Surveying a nationally representative group of more than 1,100 Americans, the research team also found that more than 20 percent of people quickly leave a business place if they smell air fresheners or other scented products. Led by Anne Steinemann, a professor of civil engineering at the University of Melbourne in Australia, the research is believed to be the first to examine many aspects of exposure to fragranced products and their effects in the United States. "What I found was that half the reports of adverse health ... Read more

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Health Tip: Using a Neti Pot

Posted 5 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

-- A Neti pot can help clean clogged sinuses and offer relief from nasal congestion. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration offers these guidelines for proper use: Always wash and dry your hands before using. Make sure the Neti pot is thoroughly cleaned and dried before use. Use clean water (distilled, filtered or boiled) to create the saline rinse solution. Always follow the pot's instructions. Read more

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FDA Bolsters Warnings About Class of Antibiotics

Posted 26 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 26, 2016 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it's strengthening label warnings on a class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones because the drugs can lead to disabling side effects, including long-term nerve damage and ruptured tendons. The agency also cautioned that these bacteria-fighting drugs – including levofloxacin (Levaquin) and ciprofloxacin (Cipro) – shouldn't be prescribed for sinusitis, chronic bronchitis or simple urinary tract infections unless no other treatments options exist. "Fluoroquinolones have risks and benefits that should be considered very carefully," Dr. Edward Cox said in an FDA news release. He's director of the Office of Antimicrobial Products at the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. "It's important that both health care providers and patients are aware of both the risks and benefits of ... Read more

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Neti Pot Beats Steam for Sinus Congestion Relief

Posted 19 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 18, 2016 – Inhaling steam probably won't open your chronically clogged sinuses. But nasal irrigation may bring some relief, a new study finds. "People with chronic and recurrent sinusitis have poor quality of life, similar to having a major chronic disease," said lead study author Dr. Paul Little, professor of primary care research at the University of Southampton in England. "It is very nice to be able to provide something really simple that empowers people to manage this problem, helps them with their symptoms, reduces the need to take over-the-counter medications, and makes them less likely to want to see the doctor in future attacks," he said. More than 29 million American adults were diagnosed with sinusitis in 2014, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sinusitis is an inflammation of the nasal cavities often caused by a virus, allergy, ... Read more

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Your Ability to 'Smell' the Taste of Foods Can Lessen With Age

Posted 15 May 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 13, 2016 – Your ability to "smell" the foods you taste weakens as you age, new research suggests. Along with your nose, you can detect aromas through your mouth when you chew your food, which releases certain types of molecules, researchers explained. The study included 102 healthy nonsmokers, aged 18 to 72, who ate various foods and were asked to rate how intensely they detected two tastes (sweet and salty) and four odors (strawberry, vanilla, chicken and soy sauce). The volunteers tended to be better at tasting sweet and salty rather than detecting the odors. Only 3 percent of the participants had difficulty tasting at least traces of sweet or salty, but up to 23 percent had trouble detecting some of the odors. This suggests that there's little difference in how people experience the same taste. But, there could be significant variation in how intensely they experience an ... Read more

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4 Ways You Can Cut Smog in Your Town

Posted 4 May 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 – Those hazy days of summer may mean high smog levels for some northeastern U.S. states, but you can help reduce air pollution where you live, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says. Smog is a combination of ground-level ozone and fine particle air pollution. "Air pollution is a significant public health issue in New England," said Curt Spalding, regional administrator of the EPA's New England office. "New Englanders need to pay close attention to air-quality alerts and limit strenuous outdoor activity on air-quality alert days. In addition, we can all take individual actions to reduce the air pollution that contributes to this public health risk," he said in an agency news release. As part of Air Quality Awareness Week May 2-6, the EPA outlined four steps you can take to reduce air pollution, including: Use public transit or walk whenever possible. Set ... Read more

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Some 9/11 First Responders Suffer Severe Sinus Problems: Study

Posted 8 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 8, 2016 – Sinus surgery is more common among firefighters who responded during the first two days of the World Trade Center disaster than those who had less intense or shorter exposures, a new study shows. The same is true for those firefighters who were at the site for six months or more, the investigators added. Researchers analyzed the medical records of more than 8,000 firefighters who worked at the Trade Center site and found that over 13.5 years, roughly 1,900 developed chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) and 479 had surgery for the condition. CRS causes nasal blockage and drip, facial pain and affects the ability to smell. Most patients can be treated with drugs and don't require surgery. Firefighters who responded during the first two days of the 9/11 disaster were 45 percent more likely to need surgery for CRS than those who responded on the third day, when rain reduced ... 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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