It’s cold season, and your nasal passages and sinuses feel like they’ve been clogged with cement. You have the runny nose, congestion, and pain of sinusitis, and it seems like it’s been eons since you could breathe freely. With the help of simple remedies, sinusitis usually relents within a week
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Untreated or poorly treated sleep apnea leaves you tired all the time and suffering from excessive daytime sleepiness and other sleep apnea symptoms. Use of the continuous positive airway pressure device or CPAP mask has been the gold standard of cures for sleep apnea over the past 25 years. But
The adenoids are two fleshy bumps of tissue at the back of the throat, just above the tonsils. In fact, they are often referred to as nasopharyngeal tonsils. Buried deep within the soft palate (roof of the mouth), our adenoids—unlike our tonsils—are not directly visible.
Along with the tonsils, adenoids are
An ice pick headache—the type that causes a stabbing pain and usually centers in the temple area or around the eyes—is very rare. For most people, thankfully, it’s brief. In 80 percent of ice pick headache sufferers, symptoms last from one to 10 seconds. For those prone to ice pick
While many people welcome the changing seasons, those with allergies see the beginning of spring and fall as the time when they have to load up on extra tissues, thanks to congestion. Nasal conditions, often caused by allergies, can be irritating, painful, annoying, and disruptive. However, by recognizing the source
“Can I have antibiotics just to clean up this cough?” That’s a question I am asked on an almost daily basis in the Emergency Room at White Plains Hospital in New York. I see 15 to 20 patients each day, and sometimes 30 or more if I’m working the “Fast
The nasal septum is the bone and cartilage that divide the nasal cavity of the nose in half. Sometimes it can deviate to one side, which narrows or blocks the nostril and can make breathing difficult.
In most cases, deviated septum symptoms and the condition itself pose no serious medical problems.
Life-saving antihypertensive drugs are widely used to lower blood pressure linked with damage to the brain, eyes, heart, arteries and bodily organs. They also prevent injury or death from stroke or heart attack. However, antihypertensive medications can cause mental and physical side effects, some of which may seriously affect vulnerable
You might think that taking a simple cold medicine is pretty harmless, even if you take other medications for high blood pressure or other cardiovascular conditions.
But over-the-counter (OTC) medications designed to treat cold and flu symptoms may wind up causing you much greater health problems than a seasonal virus.
Ask the Experts: Nasal Decongestants
Q. My nose is constantly stuffy, and I use a decongestant spray to ease the problem. However, a friend tells me it could worsen my high blood pressure. Is this true?
A. Unlike oral decongestants—which can exacerbate high blood pressure by narrowing blood vessels throughout the body—nasal