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1. Prepare irrigation solution as follows: Mix: 1/3 teaspoon of baking soda 1/3 teaspoon of salt 1 pint of water 2. Boil solution for fifteen minutes 3. Cool until warm for the first treatment 4. Store the rest of the solution in the...

Nasal polyps are outgrowths of the nasal/sinus mucosa. Nasal polyps usually develop as a result of continuous chronic allergy that causes mucous membrane edema in the nose and sinuses. They are also commonly seen in people with aspirin sensitivity and chronic sinusitis. Symptoms: Nasal obstruction. Loss...

How does Immunotherapy (Allergy Shots) work? Immunotherapy is a process in which an allergic patient can become desensitized to allergens that trigger rhinitis (congestion, sneezing and itching), asthma and insect allergy. It is to decrease sensitivity to allergy-causing substances, so that exposure to the offending allergen...

The three principle methods for treating allergies are: AvoidanceElimination is the best form of treatment and may be the only one required. Unfortunately, many allergens such as house dust, pollens and mold spores are difficult to completely eliminate. Learn more MedicationsUsing various forms of medications such as...

Sinusitis is an inflammatory process involving the nasal sinuses- hollow cavities within the cheek bones, behind the nose and eyes. The inflammation may be infectious in nature, from viral, bacterial or fungal growth or due to ongoing allergic process. Sinusitis affects 31-35 million Americans and it...

Asthma Medications Since inflammation of the airways is the key feature of asthma,anti-inflammatory medications are the mainstay of asthma therapy. Mild-intermittent asthmatics do not have a significant degree of inflammation so do not need a daily anti-inflammatory medication. However, mild, moderate and severe-persistent asthmatics do have...

Allergen Avoidance (Dust mites and animal dander avoidance are especially important) Medications Immunotherapy (allergy shots) ...

Causes of Asthma HereditaryChildren who have one asthmatic parent have a 40% chance of inheriting asthma. Those who have 2 asthmatic parents have a 70% chance of developing asthma.Allergens Age of OnsetAllergens contributeto airway inflammation2-6> 90%6-30> 70%> 3050% Factors that worsen asthma: Allergen exposureInfections (colds/viral infections, bronchitis, sinusitis)Gastro-esophageal reflux...

Inflammation of the airways and spasm of the muscles around the airways (bronchospasm) lead to asthma symptoms: WheezingCoughingShortness of breathChest tightness Many asthmatics experience all of these symptoms whereas others experience only one or two. If inflammation is left untreated, “airway remodeling” or scarring of the airways...

If you have allergies, your body is overreacting to substances occurring naturally in the environment such as tree, weed and grass pollens, molds, dust mites or animal dander. The allergic reaction commonly involves you nose (allergic rhinitis), eyes (allergic conjunctivitis), and/or lungs (asthma). Everyone breathes in...