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MANAGEMENT OF RHINOSINUSITIS: AN EVIDENCE BASED APPROACH

FCAAIA Notes: So if it looks like a sinus infection, smells like a sinus infection, and eels like a sinus infection, it must be a sinus infection, right?  Well, not necessarily. Every summary of chronic nasal and sinus disease will … Continue reading

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NASAL IRRIGATION BENEFICIAL FOR SINUS SYMPTOMS, RCT SHOWS

FCAAIA Notes: Nasal saline (salt water) irrigations (NSI) are a simple and often useful means of diminishing symptoms related to allergic rhinitis, colds, and possible sinus infections. It is completely natural and essentially free. So, why not try it?  You … Continue reading

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HOW MANY OF THE ANTIBIOTICS PRESCRIBED IN THE U.S. ARE ACTUALLY NECESSARY?

FCAAIA Notes: I think EVERY doctor (myself included) is guilty from time to time of prescribing antibiotics when they are not necessary. This study shows that about 1/3 of those prescriptions are unnecessary. Frequently, it is best to let new-onset … Continue reading

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IN RECURRENT UPPER RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS, DON’T ORDER THAT IMMUNE TEST JUST YET

FCAAIA Notes: Patients with immune deficiency disease do get any more viral upper respiratory tract infections than anyone else.  What they do get, is more frequent complications of those infections (ear and sinus infections and pneumonia). Most patients with recurrent … Continue reading

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IMMUNOTHERAPY FOR ALLERGIES HALTS INFECTION

FCAAIA Notes: Another benefit of allergy shots! Bacterial infections of the upper airway (including sinus infections and ear infections) are a common co-morbidity, or complication of nasal allergies. In addition, people with poorly controlled allergies get more frequent, prolonged, and … Continue reading

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ARE SALINE IRRIGATIONS EFFECTIVE IN RELIEVING CHRONIC RHINOSINUSITIS SYMPTOMS: A REVIEW OF THE EVIDENCE

FCAAIA Notes: There is no symptom reliever that is effective for everyone. This review shows just that. If nasal saline rinses help you, use them. If they don’t help you, don’t use them. It’s a cheap thrill; the simplicity, safety, … Continue reading

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