Quote of the Day - May 23rd:
Although there is a definite relationship between lung function and vitamin D, it is unclear if increases in vitamin D through supplements or dietary intake will actually improve lung function in patients with chronic respiratory diseases.
( Peter Black )

Face Masks

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For those with nasal allergies, it is highly recommended that they wear face masks outdoors.  Surgical face masks are suggested because they can be easily purchased.  These masks are good even for preventing viral infections from spreading.  Continue reading…

Nasonex (Mometasone nasal spray)

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Mometasone furoate is a synthetic (man-made) glucocorticoid steroid hormone used to treat nasal allergies.  Glucocorticoid hormones in particular have anti-inflammatory properties.  Continue reading…

Homeopathy (Homeopathic Formulas)

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The purpose of homeopathy’s system of medicine is to provide stimulation for the body to recover its natural health and balance.  Unlike with conventional allergy shots in immunotherapy, homeopathy treats the disease with very small quantities of an agent that will produce the same symptoms as the disease when given to a healthy individual. Continue reading…

Afrin etc. (Oxymetazoline)

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Afrin (Oxymetazoline) is an over-the-counter topical decongestant which is used in products such as Nasivin, Vicks Sinex and Afrin.  It is recommended for the temporary relief of nasal symptoms brought about by hay fever, respiratory allergies, colds, or sinusitis.  Continue reading…

Air Purifiers: Air Ionizers

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Air ionizers, also called, ionic air purifiers, work by ionizing or neutralizing air particulates. When switched on, voltage runs through a series of built-in needles, creating electrons, that when discharged into the air, they attach to air molecules and form ions. Continue reading…

Sinus Rinse (Nasal Irrigation)

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Sinus rinses, or “nasal irrigation”, is an inexpensive way to treat sinusitis.  It is safe and can be performed daily as needed and is proven to be effective.  Nasal irrigation uses warm saline solution to rinse the nasal passages, clear out dried mucus, allow the sinuses to drain freely, and speed up healing of inflamed tissues.  Continue reading…

Clarinex etc. (Desloratadine)

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Clarinex (Desloratadine) is one of the newest nonsedating antihistamines that provide 24-hour relief from allergy symptoms caused by seasonal allergens (ragweed, grass, and tree pollens) and year-round allergens (dust mite, animal dander, and mold spores).  Continue reading…

Singulair (Montelukast)

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Singulair is a prescription medicine approved for control of asthma and seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever).  It can safely be used by adults and children as young as 2 years old for treatment of outdoor allergies, and for children as young as 6 months old for treatment of indoor allergies.  Continue reading…

Astelin (Azelastine)

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Astelin (Azelastine) is a steroid-free anihistamine nasal spray that provides relief for sneezing, sniffling, congestion, itchy, runny nose, and postnasal drip due to seasonal allergens.  Azelastine is designed to be used twice a day with each dosage providing 12-hour relief.  Continue reading…

Benadryl etc. (Diphenhydramine)

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Diphenhydramine is an antihistamine that has a sedative effect used in treating allergic reactions.  It works by blocking the effect of histamine at h1 receptor sites and reduce the muscle contractions, thus reducing the onset of allergic symptoms. Continue reading…

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