Oral decongestants cause the blood vessels in the nose to constrict, and the mucous membranes and the turbinates to shrink. This essentially relieves nasal congestion, improving nasal air flow. The combination of a decongestant and an antihistamine is significantly more effective in reducing total nasal symptoms, including nasal congestion,
than either agent is alone. However, I am opposed to using decongestants on a chronic basis because of the side effects.
Decongestants are stimulants; and if used too frequently, they can cause insomnia, nervousness, tremor, and palpitations with arrhythmias. Decongestants should be used cautiously for those with coronary artery disease, hypertension, diabetes, or hyperthyroidism and in those receiving monoamine oxidase inhibitors. The drug may also aggravate narrow - angle glaucoma and symptoms of bladder-neck obstruction. Two common decongestants are pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) and phenylephrine (Sudafed PE).
Between 40 and 45 million Americans - about 15-20 percent of the population - have some type of allergy, most of which surface during infancy or childhood. The allergic march is a
Airborne irritants are found in pollution. Although it has been known for some time, the latest research shows the dramatic effects pollution can have on the body. For example, car
Perennial and seasonal allergies can affect not only your sinuses but your digestive system as well. The symptoms of GERD are not truly allergic but they can be related to a direct
Another category of allergies is allergic reactions to specific foods. Allergies to food can cause skin reactions like hives and eczema. As well, the food allergens can cause swoll
All of the medications listed earlier are meant to control allergy symptoms. Allergy desensitization (immunotherapy) via allergy shot administration is a safe and highly effective
Researchers are currently developing a new approach to allergies, using medication that is currently used for asthma patients. This is the administration of a humanized monoclonal