Archive for October, 2010

Nasal Irrigation

Tulsa World has an article about a new nasal irrigation system using Dead Sea salt rather than the typically used saline. A Tulsa doctor spent some time working with physicians in Russia where the question of the use of Dead Sea salt over saline first came up. Research has shown that Dead Sea salt has a unique chemical property which gives in an anti-inflammatory quality beyond that of standard saline. In tests it was found that this new nasal irrigation system using Dead Sea salt had superior results to saline.

Nasal irrigation is a technique often associated with Neti pots that involves the flushing of the sinuses with warm salt water. Studies have shown that this is effective for preventing sinusitis and reducing the impact of nasal allergies. The wash clears out irritants and provides helps reduce inflammation. While not a replacement for other treatments the method has shown that it is quite helpful. If you have been suffering from sinusitis or nasal allergies and would like to discuss various treatment options, contact our office to set up an appointment.

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Varieties of Sinusitis

HealthJockey has a brief article about sinusitis and its causes. Many people assume that they need antibiotics when they develop a sinus infection. This is typically not the case. Recent research has shown that most cases of sinusitis are caused by the common cold and can be treated with over-the-counter medications such as decongestants. Antibiotics should only be used when a sinus infection is determined to be bacterial in nature.

In addition to viral and bacterial infections a case of sinusitis can be caused by any blockage of the sinus drainage channels. This includes inflammation due to allergies, or physical obstructions like a deviated septum or nasal polyps. All of these different causes require a different approach to treatment. Once the cause is determined, then a treatment plan can be made. If you have been suffering from a sinus infection lasting more than the typical 14 days or a chronic case of sinusitis that frequently recurs or has lasted 8 weeks or longer, contact our office to set an appointment to determine your treatment options.

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Preventing Spread of the Flu

The Daily Beacon has an article about taking precautions against the spread of the flu. The best way to fight the flu is to take proactive steps to avoid infection and avoid the spread of infection. Healthier diet and exercise habits are always an important factor in maintaining health and preventing viral infection. In addition being aware of the effect stress has on the body and how it can leave one open to viral infection is important. Maintaining a clean environment, particularly around those who have been infected, is also key. Avoiding contact with those who are infected will also help stem the spread of influenza. For those who may be particularly vulnerable to becoming infected with influenza a yearly flu shot is an excellent step to take. For those infected they can help to prevent spreading the virus further by staying home from work or school until after they have fought the virus off.

Taking preventative steps to avoid influenza infection is also important for avoiding sinus infection or other infections that may take hold after the virus has been fought off by the body. Sinus infections are somewhat common and typically do not last longer than 14 days but should still be taken seriously. A bad sinus infection can become more than just a painful nuisance, it can become life-threatening if untreated. If you have questions or concerns regarding sinusitis, contact our office to set up an appointment.

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Identifying a Problem Sinus Infection

PhysOrg.com has an article about sinus infections and determining when an infection has become serious. As stated in the article, a typical sinus infection will last no more than 14 days in an adult. Often these are sinus infections caused by viruses like the common cold. Inflammation of the sinus lining in reaction to the virus blocks mucous flow and causes pain. Sometimes, though, the infection is caused by bacteria and can last beyond 14 days and this is when it can be a serious problem and medical attention and antibiotics may be needed.

Medical attention should be sought in particular if the infection has lasted for 8 weeks or longer or recurs regularly. This is an indication of chronic sinusitis, which should be addressed and depending on the cause may require surgical intervention. If you have been suffering from a prolonged sinus infection and have questions about treatment, contact our office to set an appointment.

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Cold and Flu

HR News has an informative piece about the difference between cold and flu and how the two viruses are spread and develop. As stated in the article the common cold and the flu may manifest with similar symptoms but are quite different viruses. Either can also be followed by bacterial infections of the ears or sinuses that cause further complications once the body has beaten the virus.

After any cold or flu there is a chance that a sinus infection will develop. The inflammation and irritation of the sinus cavities during the viral infection can lead to a lack of drainage for mucous and allow bacteria to fester in the sinuses. Symptoms for sinusitis include facial pain, fever, headaches located behind the eyes, nasal congestion, post-nasal drip, and difficulty breathing. A sinus infection left untreated can become quite serious. If you’ve been suffering from these symptoms after suffering from a cold or the flu, contact our office to explore your treatment options.

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Spicy Remedies

Fox News has an article about various spices and their health benefits. The article covers a variety of spices from cinnamon to turmeric and offers recipe suggestions. The article covers the health benefits that have been revealed by scientists. Included among these spices is capsaicin, the ingredient that gives chili peppers their flavor.

Capsaicin, like the other mentioned spices, has been show to provide a variety of health benefits. It can provide pain relief and increases the metabolism. It also has an effect on sinusitis helping to relive symptoms of the infection. Understanding healthy foods and also healthy additions to foods, such as spices listed in this article, can help improve one’s overall health and well-being. The right combination of spices in one’s dinner won’t cure ailments but they may offer some temporary relief and provide some preventative benefits. If you have been suffering from sinusitis, after you finish that bowl of chili, contact our office to learn about your treatment options.

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Mold Allergies

An article at TriValley Central covers some details about mold growth, types, and potential reactions. Mold typically grows in dark and humid environments. Basements and poorly ventilated bathrooms or showers are common places to find it. Mold is particularly likely to be found in areas of building where a leak or flooding has occurred and little or no sunlight is available. Mold can cause allergic reactions varying from mild to severe and continuous exposure, depending on the type of mold, may prove deadly.

Allergic reactions to mold can also lead to sinus infections. The inflammation of the sinuses can prevent mucous from draining and allow bacteria to fester. The best way to avoid a reaction is to take steps to avoid the development of mold. This can be done by ensuring that rooms prone to high humidity, like a bathroom, are well ventilated, and by making sure that any leaks or floods are dealt with promptly and the affected area is fully dried. Once mold develops taking steps to address it as quickly as possible is vital to avoiding an allergic reaction. If you are concerned about mold allergies, contact our office to get your questions answered.

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Bacterial Infections Causing Asthma Attacks

AOL Health has an article about a recent study linking bacterial infections to asthma attacks. Viral infections have often been linked with asthma attacks but this recent study also shows bacterial infections as causes of asthma attacks. According to the study bacterial infections of the respiratory system can exacerbate existing asthma symptoms. These recent findings may be significant for approaching treatments to prevent asthma attacks.

Asthma attack triggers are important to keep in mind for those suffering from asthma. Colds and Flu can trigger an attack as well as airborne contaminants. Sinusitis, which can develop after a cold or flu or due to nasal allergies, can also exacerbate asthma symptoms. Understanding triggers can help in preventing asthma attacks. If you are suffering from asthma, allergies, or sinusitis and have questions, contact our office to set an appointment.

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Sinusitis Can Effect Everyone

Sinusitis can effect people from all walks of life and various levels of fitness. In the past weeks reports have shown that rock musician Tom Petty had to cancel a show due to sinusitis and that World Boxing Council fighter Manny Pacquiao took time off training due to sinus infection. Regardless of healthcare access and frequency of exercise and overall health a sinus infection can disrupt just about anyone’s life and work.

Sinusitis is caused by the inflammation of the sinus walls, which slows or stops the flow of mucous. This can lead to the festering of bacteria in the sinuses. Typical symptoms include: headaches located behind the eyes, runny nose, congestion, coughing, facial pain, and post nasal drip. Sinusitis can be caused by cold or flu virus, physical obstructions or deformities in the sinus cavities, or irritation due to nasal allergies. If you have been suffering from sinusitis symptoms–particularly if they have persisted for 8 weeks or more–contact our office to set an appointment and find out about your treatment options.

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Health Benefits of Chili

In an article about the Marion County annual chili cook off columnist Rick Allen touches on the health benefits of chili and chili peppers. Many have recognized that after eating chili or chili peppers they feel relief from congestion or sinusitis. More recently these anecdotes have found some support in science. Research shows that capsaicin, the chemical in chili peppers that make them “hot,” can provide multiple health benefits. According to research capsaicin can fight cancer and high cholesterol; increase metabolism and encourage weight loss; and there is evidence that it reduces inflammation and benefits those suffering from congestion and sinusitis. Sometimes those anecdotal home remedies prove effective.

Sinusitis effects people all over the world from every economic class. It can be caused by many factors and can be a mild irritation or a serious impairment to life and work. There are many treatments for sinusitis and plenty of home remedies that people have to offer. It would seem that chili peppers containing capsaicin may be one of those home remedies worth considering. If you’ve been suffering from sinusitis, particularly if it has lasted more than 8 weeks, then contact our office for an evaluation and to discuss your treatment options.

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