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What is most effective treatment for nasal polyps and maxillary sinusitis?

What is most effective treatment for nasal polyps and maxillary sinusitis?

A good specialist: Nasal polyps and sinusitis can be treated but each treatment should be tailored to the individual. Some patients respond better than others. Generally the treatment will entail a combination of different medicines (antibiotics and/or steroids - oral or nasal). I would consult a good ENT or allergist. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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How are chronic sinusitis and chronic rhinitis different?

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Simple: Chrinic rhinitis is inflamation of nose due to infection and/or allergy. Chronic sinusitis is the inflamation of sinusies on both sides of the nose and the nose. ...Read more

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Treatment of allergic rhinitis?

Treatment of allergic rhinitis?

3 levels: 1. Avoidance - if it is possible to limit exposure to what you are allergic to that is the place to start -> works best for animals and dust. 2. Medical - antihistamines (benadryl, allegra, Claritin are common ones), intranasal steroids (flonase, Nasonex (mometasone) or similar) and variations of these 3. Immunotherapy - "allergy shots" or similar. ...Read more

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Any lifelong treatment for allergic rhinitis and asthma ?

Any lifelong treatment for allergic rhinitis and asthma ?

Allergy treatment: Ideally you should be tested to find out what you are allergic to. Once you know what you are allergic to, you should undertake environmental control of your environment. You can also undergo a desensitization program as well as taking antihistamines for your rhinitis and bronchodilators for your asthma ...Read more

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What is the treatment for allergies and asthma?

What is the treatment for allergies and asthma?

Several: Many treatments exist for allergies: antihistamines, nasal sprays, eye drops as well as allergy shots. For asthma: rescue inhalers (albuterol), controller inhalers, allergy shots. Definitely see an allergist! ...Read more

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Can allergies cause sinus infections and migraines?

Can allergies cause sinus infections and migraines?

Stuffy nose: With chronic sinus congestion, pressure changes in sinuses causes severe headaches sometimes. Relieve allergic rhinitis, clean out sinuses, do those nasal irrigations, take your allergy medicines, and your headaches will subside. Go on a plane or dive with sinus congestion and you will be in trouble from the change in pressure. ...Read more

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Can chronic sinus and allergy trouble cause kerotoconjunctivitis sicca?

Can chronic sinus and allergy trouble cause kerotoconjunctivitis sicca?

No: Keratoconjunctivitis sicca is usually due to inadequate tear production from lacrimal hyposecretion or to excessive tear evaporation. Allergic conjunctivitis usually presents with eye itching and watering. Aging is one of the most common causes of dry eyes because tear production decreases with age. Certain medications and contact lenses have also been implicated. ...Read more

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Is sinus surgery better than always taking steroids and antibiotics for chronic sinusitis?

Good question: This is very patient dependent and it requires an honest discussion with your ENT doctor. If you have failed maximal medical therapy, then surgery is the next best step. However you still might need to take sinus medication to control the sinus disease. Ideally surgery will decrease the need for oral antibiotics but you still might need nasal steroids. ...Read more

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What's the best OTC medication for nasal congestion due to sinusitis infection?

What's the best OTC medication for nasal congestion due to sinusitis infection?

Just the opposite: Sinusitis or inflammation of the paranasal sinuses (there are 4 paired sinuses) does not cause nasal congestion. The opposite is true. That is, nasal congestion leads to sinus inflammation. It is true that they very often occur together, but the nasal congestion is the first event. Otc treatment may include saline (salt water) irrigations of the nose, a netti-pot and a decongestant. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment for chronic sinusitis?

What's the best treatment for chronic sinusitis?

Surgery: Most studies have confirmed that endoscopic sinus surgery and balloon sinuplasty provide to best long-term quality of life improvement in patients with chronic sinusitis. However we only consider surgery if a patient had failed all medical management options. For more info visit www.Socalsinus.Com. ...Read more

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Best OTC meds for sinus infection and earache?

Sudafed if no HBP: Sudafed is a great decongestant and helps with ear pain. You need to ask the pharmacist because it is kept behing the counter. If you have high blood pressure, do not take sudafed. If you are anxious, you may not want to take sudafed either. It can cause palpitations and make anxiety worse. Vitamin c 500mg 3x per day is a natural antihistamine. Mucinex (guaifenesin) helps to thin mucus so you can blow it out. ...Read more

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Non allergic nasal drip chronic. What is best treatment?

Non allergic nasal drip chronic.  What is best treatment?

First generation: Antihistamines are effective due to their anticholinergic (drying) effect. The most popular is diphenhydramine. Unfortunately these medications are poorly tolerated due to their side effect of lethargy. Another class of medications you can try are topical nasal antihistamines. Azelastine has been shown in clinical trials to be effective for non-allergic rhinitis. This must be prescribed. ...Read more

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What are good sinus or allergy medicines for post nasal drip?

What are good sinus or allergy medicines for post nasal drip?

Depends on the cause: If it's caused by allergies, nasal corticosteroid spray (e.g. Flonase) may help. If a sinus infection is the cause, antibiotics may help. Drip caused by environmental irritants (perfumes, smoke, etc.) can sometimes get better with an anticholinergic nasal spray (e.g. Atrovent nasal). An otc treatment that may help any cause is daily nasal lavage (e.g. Sinus rinse or neti pot). See your md. ...Read more

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Treatment for bilateral maxillary and sphenoid sinusitis?

Treatment for bilateral maxillary and sphenoid sinusitis?

Sinusitis: Due to its deeper location in the skull sphenoid sinusitis requires ENT evaluation. Most likely you will need antibiotic therapy and decongestants. Surgical treatment was served for severe cases. Check with your physicians for proper diagnosis and medical treatment. ...Read more

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What are the best treatment for chronic allergic conjunctivitis?

What are the best treatment for chronic allergic conjunctivitis?

Drops for allergies: There are many types of eye drops that are used to treat allergic conjunctivitis. A lot depends on the severity of your symptoms. Often, people do well using otc allergy drops on occasion, along with oral allergy medications. In order to help more significant allergies, doctors will prescribe steroid and/or antihistamine eye drops (e.g. Pataday, lastacaft, (alcaftadine) etc). ...Read more

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Can piriton help with non allergic rhinitis where the only symptoms is nasal inflammation and excess need for throat clearing ?

Can piriton help with non allergic rhinitis where the only symptoms is nasal inflammation and excess need for throat clearing ?

Usually not: But if it dose , then your problem is not non-allergic rhinitis. Nasal antihistamine (azelastine etc) may be helpful. I suspect that you do have an allergic rhinitis given the presence of asthma. Perhaps you need another consultation especially if the non-allergic rhinitis was made based on blood test alone. ...Read more

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The best treatment for chronic sinusitis is what?

The best treatment for chronic sinusitis is what?

Yes: This is not for amateurs since one must ascertain on the cause for the chronic sinusitis . If there are fixed obstructions to sinus drainage, you may need surgical correction. If you have an allergic problem, then treating the allergy . If immune system is impaired, then possibly gammaglobulin . Aspirin-intolerance is another cause for chronic sinusitis. ...Read more

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Sinusitis (Definition)

A condition caused by an inflammation or swelling of the lining of the facial sinuses. It usually starts with cold-like symptoms such as a runny, stuffy ...Read more