Sinusitis, and Asthma Newsletter
Table of Contents:
1. From the Editors
2. Allergy, Sinusitis, and Asthma Articles
3. Sinusitis Experience - Yeast Reduction Helped Sinusitis
4. Feature - Step by Step Plan for Asthma Attack
FROM THE EDITORS
In the last issue of the ASA Newsletter, we asked for people to
send in their experiences and we're glad to say that people responded!
We've weeded out the ones that read more like advertisements and
those that were too short. The result is that we've already published
six sinusitis experiences! You can access the experiences by clicking
here (scroll down to Sinusitis Sufferer Experiences).
issue of the ASA Newsletter will feature one of the experiences
received. That begins with this issue and the new "Sinusitis
Experience" section (for Allergy or Asthma experiences, the
title will change).
There is comfort
in knowing that you are not alone in your suffering from sinusitis,
allergies, and/or asthma. As a result, we ask that
if you haven't already, please take a moment to share your experience
with the readers of the ASA Newsletter. Simply send an email with
your experience to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject header "Sinusitis
Experience", "Allergy Experience" or "Asthma
Along with your story, please include your first name initial,
last name, and the state you are from. That information will be
published with your experience. We won't publish your email address.
If you wish to remain anonymous then please state so in your email
Thank you for sharing.
Cheers to you,
Joe Tracy & Kim
Lance - editors
ALLERGY, SINUSITIS AND ASTHMA ARTICLES
Here are the most recent articles, published by NEWSdial.com, that
deal with allergies, sinusitis, and asthma:
Number of Students with Food Allergies Has Increased
As school is beginning nation wide, students with allergies to
food need to prepare and school officials need make sure they
are properly educated on how to treat these students. According
to The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) school nurses
nationwide are reporting an increase in the number of students
with food allergies, and safety precautions should be taken to
protect food-allergic students from reactions...
read the entire article.
FDA Approves Shorter Levaquin Sinusitis Treatment
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently approved
a new Levaquin (levofloxacin) treatment method to treat acute
bacterial sinusitis. The new Levaquin tablet treatment is a five
day, 750 mg once-daily regimenâ€¦and is the
first and only short course fluoroquinolone regimen that has
been approved for treating acute bacterial sinusitis...
here to read the entire article.
Brain Activity Can Worsen Asthma Symptoms
A functional link between emotion processing centers in the brain
and certain physiological processes relevant to disease has been
revealed in a recent study by University of Wisconsin-Madison
researches and collaborators. This study, appearing in the Proceedings
of the National Academy of Sciences this month, indicates that
the mention of a stressful word like "wheeze" can activate
two brain areas in asthmatics during an attack that may be associated
with the trigger of more severe asthma symptoms...
here to read the entire article.
Sphenoid Sinusitis: Less Common, But Still Painful
During a bout with sinusitis, it is typical to have pressure,
pain and infection in one of the four pairs of sinuses. The
pairs of sinuses are the maxillary, the frontal, the ethmoid,
and the sphenoid sinuses. While sphenoid sinusitis is a less
common form of sinusitis, it is still just as painful and
worthy of further examination...
here to read the entire article.
EXPERIENCE - Yeast Reduction Helped Sinusitis
" I believe I developed sinusitis after a very heavy cold, during
which I traveled on the Paris to London train under the English
Channel. The effect of the pressure was to block both ears
completely for several days.
It was several months after this that I started experiencing a
group of symptoms which included severe sinus headaches lasting
24 hours or more, post nasal drip, earache, stomach upset, bloating,
and extreme fatigue...
The best news
is that having followed a strict yeast free diet for 6 months,
antibiotics as best I can, and taken probiotics
in the form of acidophilus pills, and grapefruit seed oil, I am
almost 100% sinusitis free..."
here to read the entire
- Step by Step Plan for an Asthma Attack
It is important to take the proper steps to control an asthma attack
when one begins. If you have asthma, you need to know what to do
during at the first sign of an attack. Adult Asthma: Your guide
to breathing easier, a new Special Health Report from Harvard Medical
School, provides asthma sufferers with that step-by-step guide
as preparation for adult sufferers to deal with asthma attacks.
There are six steps in the program.
The first step is to take your self physically away from the asthma
trigger. If it is cigarette smoke, go out and get fresh air, if
its pollen, try to stay indoors and avoid the pollen, just try
to get away from whatever has triggered the asthma symptoms.
The second step is to assess the severity of the asthma attack.
If you pay attention to how you are feeling at the start of an
attack, you may be able to recognize if it is a severe attack.
Measuring the strength of your exhale with a peak flow meter is
the most accurate way to assess severity of an asthma attack, however.
If your peak flow is less than half your best value, you are having
a severe attack.
The third step is to use a quick asthma reliever. The quickest
way to relieve an asthma attack is by using a fast acing bronchodilator
like albuterol. If the medicine fails to help you should immediately
move on to step four.
Step four is to suppress inflammation. Bronchodilators only treat
the constricted muscles surrounding the bronchial tubes. It is
important to also treat the other part of the attack, the overproduction
of mucus. To treat the mucus requires an anti-inflammatory medication,
typically a corticosteroid. For a very severe attack, increasing
the use of your inhaled steroid is not enough; you will also need
to take prescription steroid tablets like prednisone or methylprednisolone.
The fifth step is to know when to call for help. Asthma attacks
can be very dangerous if traditional treatment methods are not
working. If you follow the first four steps of the asthma action
plan and do not improve, it is vital that you get help immediately
from family, friends, a doctor, or by calling 911 for emergency
Step six is practice. While it is important to have a plan for
asthma attacks, it is also vitally important to practice your plan.
The Special Health Report by Harvard Medical School also provides
scenarios to help rehearse responses to different types of asthma
That's it for this edition of the ASA Newsletter. The
next issue will be delivered on September 14, 2005.
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