Tag: allergic rhinitis

NEW GUIDELINES FOR ALLERGIC RHINITIS CHANGE TREATMENT

FCAAIA Notes: Allergies rhinitis (nasal allergies) affect 15-20% of the population.  Although many people “just live with it”, many also do not recognize the impact allergies have on their quality of life.  Nasal congestion is the symptom by  which people are most bothered, but fatigue, lack of concentration, and poor school or work performance are all major effects of poorly controlled allergies.

Allergies are a chronic, not an episodic disease.  However, allergies are still often treated only episodically.  These updated guidelines confirm what we already knew. Intranasal steroid sprays are the best choice for prevention of allergy symptoms. Several are available over the counter and are designed to be used every day. They are incredibly safe, Continue reading “NEW GUIDELINES FOR ALLERGIC RHINITIS CHANGE TREATMENT”

AS POLLEN COUNTS RISE, TEST SCORES FALLAustin Frakt THE NEW HEALTH CARE

FCAAIA Notes: There are old data showing that poorly controlled allergies have as much impact on school performance as diphenhydramine (Benadryl®).  So do you want your child taking Benadryl before final exams? Allergies also have a great impact on health-related quality of life, work productivity, sleep quality, etc.

If you feel you are “good enough” with your allergies, ask yourself again.  I also recommend you ask yourself, “Should I or could I be even better?”

We can help you achieve your best. Continue reading “AS POLLEN COUNTS RISE, TEST SCORES FALLAustin Frakt THE NEW HEALTH CARE”

TREATING GERD MAY REDUCE NASAL SYMPTOMS

FCAAIA Notes: Lots of things are connected on the inside, so we should not be surprised when one condition (in this case reflux) is associated with another (in this case nasal congestion).  I can speculate a couple of possible mechanisms:  Maybe reflux triggers a neurological reflex that leads to nasal congestion.  Maybe reflux into the back of the nose and upper throat have a direct effect causing some inflammation, irritation, swelling, and obstruction. Maybe it’s a combination or Continue reading “TREATING GERD MAY REDUCE NASAL SYMPTOMS”

UPDATES IN THE MANAGEMENT OF SEASONAL ALLERGIC RHINITIS

FCAAIA Notes: This article is a concise review of medication options for treating nasal allergies. It does not go in to the specifics of one medication as compared to another.  The one glaring omission is that there is no discussion of immunotherapy, a potential cure for allergies. Continue reading “UPDATES IN THE MANAGEMENT OF SEASONAL ALLERGIC RHINITIS”

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