When rhinitis or other congestion is accompanied by poor sinus drainage, it can be compounded by bacterial infection. The condition is called sinusitis. If there is an allergic component it will be treated with antihistamines and anti-inflammatories to promote drainage. The bacterial infection will.
An allergic child may have true limits when it comes to sports and other activities: Running in cold air may bring on wheezing and shortness of breath, for instance. For their part, the well children may take this opportunity to shine, to forge an identity outside the home, with all its special rule
The nose is really the gateway to the sinuses. The ethmoid (between the eye and nose), maxillary (below the eye) and frontal (above the eye) sinuses all drain their mucus in a groove below the middle turbinate, one of three turbinates or bumps on each side of the nose.
Asthma and allergy medications are constantly being improved. However, while they get better at what they do, what they do basically remains the same. Some block the release of mediators, both fast acting and slow acting, some reverse physical processes such as swelling, and some fight inflammation.
When your child has a chronic illness, strange things happen. You do not love the sick child more than the others, but he commands more of your attention. Having an asthmatic or allergic child changes the dynamics of your family, just as having a dislocated or broken finger will change the way you..
Emotional stress has long been linked to asthma. Traditional Chinese medicine recognizes a connection between the lungs and grief, a linkage borne out by modern psychology. Recent studies have found greater anxiety and depression among asthma patients than other people, including those who suffer...
Hives is the common name for urticaria, a distressing disorder that affects an estimated 20 percent of the population at one time or another. It is characterized by itchy, red, blanching on the surface of the skin. Urticarial lesions come and go and do not persist in a given location for more than 2
Accolate, which is an anti-leukotriene, might be useful situationally for hives without the long-term discipline necessary when using it for asthma - the regular indication for this drug. Leukotrienes are released by cells after the first assault of histamines, and hives are one of the products of..
Here are some things to look out for if you are tempted by alternative treatment:- Quick or simple cures : One size doesn't fit all, and regardless, if something seems too good to be true, it probably is, as we learned from the subprime mortgage market.- Diets : Food is part of the answer in some...
The ability to distinguish things that belong in your body from those that don't is the basis of the entire immune system. We may remember from high school science classes about all those phagocytes and other killer cells attacking infection. That's the benign side of the immune system: It's life...
The most dangerous allergic response is chronic inflammation, which can damage tissue cumulatively wherever it occurs. The antibodies attack the intruder and in the process draw other tissues -- cells and fluids -- to the afflicted area. This is what makes an infected cut swell and turn red, makes..
MCS (multiple chemical sensitivity) is a term used to describe a variety of symptoms that stem from alterations in a person's indoor environment, primarily at work, but sometimes at home. So-called "sick building syndrome" may be caused by chemicals in modern building materials, or it may
As press coverage of the AIDS epidemic told us, the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) gradually exhausts the body's ability to combat the virus. Killer T cells attack HIV but the virus is resourceful and regenerates itself in new variations that find ways of circumventing medication. This literally
Early phase symptoms of allergies include: Nasal itch Sneezing Rhinorrhea Postnasal drip which can lead to cough Red, teary eyes Itchy eyes, palate, throat Late phase symptoms of allergies include: Nasal congestion Postnasal drip which can lead to cough Rhinorrhea Sneezing
Originally, vaccination took place naturally through exposure to certain germs. If you studied the history of smallpox in biology, you will recall that the effective elimination of this deadly disease began when scientist Edward Jenner learned that by exposing people to a weak virus called cowpox,..