9 of the Most Prevalent Respiratory Illnesses

some respiratory conditons increase in cold weatherThe fall and winter are often associated with respiratory illnesses, and it’s not uncommon to see people coughing and sniffling throughout both seasons. It’s always important to do what you can to prevent and best manage such illnesses. It’s also important to identify what you have so you can address it appropriately, and know when to seek professional help.

More types of respiratory ailments are out there than ever before, Continue reading “9 of the Most Prevalent Respiratory Illnesses”

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March Madness of the Mucous Membrane

ss March sale webThe winter months can bring on extremely dry air. By the month of March, almost everyone north of the southern-most states has had the heat turned on in their homes and has been breathing relatively dry air for nearly 6 months, creating the ideal condition for sinus infections.

Most of us spend nearly all of our time indoors (or in heated cars) in the winter, which can wreak havoc with an already inflamed mucous membrane. This is the time of year when we can most appreciate the benefits of moisture for our nose and sinuses. A warm mist humidifier in the bedroom and in your office (if it’s an enclosed space) can make quite a difference. Continue reading “March Madness of the Mucous Membrane”

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What Are Sinuses & How Do They Work?

sinusesSinuses are hollow air cavities in the skull connecting the nasal passages. They are connected via a narrow passageway called the ostium. The purpose of the sinuses is to humidify the air to the lungs, as well as create mucus secretion to eliminate unwanted particles from the body. They are a vital part of the respiratory process to bring the proper air, warm temperature and humidity into the lungs, providing life to the body. Think of the sinuses as your body’s air filter.

There are four pairs of sinus cavities, which are described as one functioning unit called paranasal sinuses. Continue reading “What Are Sinuses & How Do They Work?”

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Allergies, Sinusitis or Cold? Here’s How to Tell and What to Do to Feel Better

sneezeSneezing, runny nose, sore throat, itchy eyes, coughing… Sound familiar? For a lot of people, when these uncomfortable symptoms hit, it can be difficult to know whether it’s allergies, sinusitis or a cold. While these conditions can produce similar symptoms, there are some key differences to be aware of. Knowing the cause of your respiratory distress is the first step to finding relief. Once you know what the culprit is, supporting your body as quickly as possible with the best remedies is the next important step to feeling better, fast.

Continue reading “Allergies, Sinusitis or Cold? Here’s How to Tell and What to Do to Feel Better”

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Sinus Health: 10 Tips for Travelers

travel-healthTravel season has started for many people. For some, this means the beginning of relaxation, but for others travel can bring agonizing sinus pain. Traveling is taxing on your body. It can be downright exhausting. Many people come back from a trip with a sinus infection or a virus. Why is that?

• Cabins in airplanes recirculate the air. With a few hundred people in close proximity, it’s easy to be exposed to viruses and bacteria.

• Many  of us don’t get enough sleep. Continue reading “Sinus Health: 10 Tips for Travelers”

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