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‘Medications’

“With today’s news, we are able to reassure patients of the safety of these medications when used according to newly clarified label instructions Read the rest of this entry »

Nasal Allergies? Sniff This!

Published June - 1 - 2010

A look at how and why to use nasal sprays

Nasal asthma. Ever heard of it? Probably not, because I just made it up. Before you thumb your nose at the idea, consider that the nose and lower airways are all part of the respiratory pathway and share similar immune responses to allergens, irritants and viruses. And while it is possible to have one condition without the other, for many of us, nasal symptoms (rhinitis) usually herald the onset of asthma symptoms to come.

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nebulizerchallengeBy Laurie Ross
Ivory-tower research studies say that metered-dose inhalers (when used correctly either with or without a valved holding chamber) are just as effective as nebulizers at getting medication deep into your airways. However, many of you have told us otherwise: Inhalers are great when you’re out and about, but if you’re under the weather and feeling short of breath, there’s nothing more therapeutic than inhaling the cool, medicated mist of your trusty nebulizer. Read the rest of this entry »

hfainhalersMetered-dose inhalers are more complicated than swallowing a pill – but, if used properly, they put the medication right where it is needed and can go to work quickly:  the airways of the lungs Read the rest of this entry »

Peak Flow Meters

Published March - 19 - 2009

peakflowmeterWhat Is a Peak Flow Meter?
A peak flow meter is a handheld device that measures the peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR), or the volume of air that can be forcibly expelled from the airways. Read the rest of this entry »

News for Your Nose: Nasal Corticosteroids

Published March - 19 - 2009

nasalSo you have allergies – and the sneezing, itching, runny nose and nasal congestion that come with them. What can you do to relieve symptoms and avoid that groggy medication haze? Nasal corticosteroids might help.

Corticosteroids are a class of medication developed to reduce tissue inflammation (swelling). Inhaled

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Holding Chambers and Spacers

Published March - 9 - 2009

holdingchamberYou think you’re pretty good at using your metered-dose inhaler (MDI), right? But… Read the rest of this entry »

Smart Pain Relief

Published February - 5 - 2009

painrelief-ma-22_1When a cold or flu hits, many of us will do just about anything to relieve the fever, aches and pain. Read the rest of this entry »

Antivirals, Seasonal Flu and You

Published February - 5 - 2009

flu1Have you ever asked your doctor for antibiotics to treat a bad cold, only to be told that you’d just have to wait it out? Read the rest of this entry »

Noisy and Quiet Asthma Medications

Published February - 5 - 2009

inhalerNoisy Medications
Noisy medications or bronchodilators treat the noisy, obvious, uncomfortable part of asthma: coughing, wheezing, choking, shortness of breath, and chest tightness caused by muscle spasms in the bronchial tubes. Read the rest of this entry »