Tag: sinus problems

How Long Does a Cough Last?

How Long Does a Cough Last?

Have you ever had a bad chest cold and then, for weeks after, spent much of your day coughing and hacking? After a week or so, you may have wondered, “How long does a cough last?”—and whether something was really wrong. In the meantime, the cough disturbs your sleep and

Nose Bleeds: Why They Happen and How to Stop Them

Nose Bleeds: Why They Happen and How to Stop Them

Most nose bleeds occur on the front of the nasal septum—the tissue that separates the two sides of the nose. Other types happen higher on the septum or deeper in the nose, which makes them harder to control. However, they are rarely, if ever, life-threatening.
Causes of Nose Bleeds
They often occur

Strategy #1: Hormone Function Problems

Stress is clearly a major contributor for most people who experience depression. And guess which system in your body controls how you react to stress? Your adrenal glands and the stress hormone it releases—cortisol.
But there is much more to the depression/hormone connection than just that. Other hormones, such as thyroid,

Q&A: Soy and Breast Cancer Risk; Losing Sense of Taste; Coffee and Bone Health

Q. I’ve been drinking soy milk daily for years. Since it contains phytoestrogens, I wonder if it puts me at higher risk of developing breast cancer?
A. Fang Fang Zhang, MD, PhD, an associate professor at Tufts’ Friedman School and a cancer epidemiologist, responds: “Soy foods contain phytoestrogens (plant-based estrogens) called

Deviated Septum: How to Manage Symptoms

Deviated Septum: How to Manage Symptoms

A deviated septum is a condition you may have had from birth, or it can result from a broken nose or similar injury. Regardless of its origin, a deviated septum can affect your breathing and lead to chronic congestion and sinus infections.

Treatments for deviated septum symptoms can be as

Drugs That May Cause or Exacerbate Heart Failure

Most heart failure patients need six to seven different prescription medications to remove excess fluid from their body, help their heart squeeze more forcefully, prevent it from overexerting itself, and keep their blood pressure under control. But that’s not all.
About 40 percent of patients with heart failure take medications for

Ask the Doctor: Safe Mold Removal

Q. My husband and I have discovered why we’ve been suffering from chronic fatigue, headaches, and sinus problems for more than a year—the house we moved into 18 months ago has mold behind the drywall. We’ve been advised to hire a professional to remove it, but can we safely do

Ask the Doctor: Watery Eyes

Q. Why do my eyes water so much, and what can I do about it?
A. Normally, your tears drain through tiny tear ducts extending from the eye into the nose. Oddly, one reason for watery eyes is dry eye, which prompts your eyes to produce large quantities of tears that

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