What is Hay Fever?
Changing seasons may tickle your senses — not just figuratively, but literally. For people with allergies, fresh air and a stunning view don't seem that poetic if you're too busy sneezing. As hay fever season rears its bothersome head, how can you prepare to deal with it as painlessly as possible? Thankfully, there are simple measures to prevent and deal with allergy symptoms as the weather transitions. Hay fever, which…Read Full Article
Nasal Irrigation Study on COVID-19 Patients
A recent study has found that twice daily rinsing of the nasal mucosa helps reduce the risk of hospitalization from COVID-19. Nasal irrigation provides hydration to the nasal mucosa and flushes out dirt, viruses, and other contaminants. This study shows that there may be a treatment with almost no side effects that can provide a significant benefit for many patients. Study: Nasal saline irrigation to reduce severity in high-risk COVID+…Read Full Article
FDA Approval of Astepro (Azelastine) as OTC
A nasal spray that has only been available with a prescription is now available over the counter after the FDA approved Astepro for OTC sales. Astepro is an antihistamine nasal spray intended to relieve nasal allergy symptoms such as nasal congestion, runny nose, sneezing, and itchy nose. Prior to July 2022, this medication was only available with a prescription. Individuals can now purchase this azelastine 0.15% nasal spray product over-the-counter…Read Full Article
Tap Water for Medical Uses at Home
Water from your tap is good for drinking, brushing your teeth, bathing, cooking, and more. It is more economical and better for the environment than bottled water. However there are certain at-home medical uses of water that require extra treatment for tap water or an alternative water source. Research has shown that many individuals are not aware that tap water is not suitable for common medical purposes like contact rinsing,…Read Full Article
Recall of Allergy Bee Gone Product and Ingredient Review
This month, the FDA announced that Buzzagogo, Inc. had issued a voluntary nationwide recall of their Allergy Bee Gone for Kids Nasal Swab Remedy. Testing by the FDA found that some of the product contained elevated levels of yeast & mold and may contain the bacteria Bacillus cereus. The presence of these bacteria can be harmful to anyone who uses the product, but especially to immunocompromised patients. No adverse events…Read Full Article
Nasal Rinsing – Devices, Methods, and History
People have been rinsing their nasal passages for their health and well being for a long time. From neti pots described in ancient texts up until high-tech nebulizer devices today – many people have benefited from using a device to clear their nose and sinuses. Jala Neti and Neti Pots The practice of nasal rinsing is likely thousands of years old and appears in texts of hatha yoga that describe…Read Full Article
Hydro Pulse versus Nasal Nebulization
Numerous devices exist for treating the nasal cavities and sinuses with a saline rinse. While all of these devices technically have the same function – providing a spray or irrigation of saline solution in a way that it is forced into the nasal passages – they are not all the same. There are significant differences between devices that are used for nasal nebulization. If you are interested in learning more…Read Full Article
Treatments for Sinusitis
Chronic sinus issues are common and sinus conditions are a frequent cause for antibiotics to be prescribed. Usually sinus infections improve on their own without treatment. Antibiotics are only effective if the nasal infection has a bacterial origin. However most people suffering from a sinus infection are looking for some type of treatment to alleviate their symptoms and possibly decrease the amount of time they are sick. Some treatments proposed…Read Full Article
Why Use a Nasal Saline Rinse?
For patients suffering from chronic rhinosinusitis, the two most effective treatments as reported by patients are nasal corticosteroids and saline rinses. Saline rinsing of the nasal passages can be performed with a variety of devices, in different volumes of solution, and in different frequencies. Chronic rhinosinusitis is one of the most common healthcare complaints to primary doctors in the U.S. What is Chronic Rhinosinusitis? The basic qualifier for a diagnosis…Read Full Article
What is a Nasal Nebulizer?
A nebulizer is a device that turns a solution into a fine mist for administration to the respiratory system. When we are talking about a traditional nebulizer, there is often a face mask attachment so that the medication can be delivered to the lungs. A nasal nebulizer is specifically designed to target the nasal passages and sinuses and not reach the lungs. There are many conditions that affect the nasal…Read Full Article