Treatment for Sinus Headaches

What are Sinus Headaches?

Sinus Headaches occur, when the channels connecting sinuses to the back of nose get inflamed; which in turn reduces the drainage through sinuses and builds up pressure inside them, thus making them swollen and congested. As a result of this condition, you feel pressure and throbbing pain around your eyes, cheeks and forehead. Cold, damp weather and leaning over worsens the condition.

Sinus headaches are complex to diagnose because their symptoms resembles with that of tension headaches and migraines.

What are the symptoms associated with Sinus Headaches?

Below mentioned facts can be enlisted as the potential signs and symptoms of Sinus Headaches:

Sinus Headaches: Symptoms and Treatment

Sinus Headaches: Symptoms and Treatment

  • Feeling of pressure and pain in the specific areas of your face, forehead, around your eyes and above nose.
  • You may have fever, chills, malaise (feeling poorly) or myalgias (achy muscles)
  • Pain intensifies with the movement of head or bending over.
  • Pain maximizes in the morning.
  • Yellow-green or blood-stained nasal discharge.
  • Congested nose
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Hurting feeling in the upper teeth
  • Power to smell or taste reduces

What are the causes of Sinus Headaches?

Sinus Headache is the condition channels or sinusitis, where channels or membranes lining your sinuses get blocked and inflamed. Sinuses can be caused due to:

  • Viral Infections
  • Allergic reaction viz. hay fever
  • Bacterial or Fungal Infections
  • Impaired Immune System
  • Structural problems in the Nasal Cavity

Because of all these conditions, pressure inside the sinuses changes which in turn triggers headaches.

What are the treatments available for Sinus Headaches?

The best way to treat Sinus Headaches is to cure underlying sinus congestion and inflammation. Various dietary supplements and herbs may also help to cure your infections by supporting and strengthening your immune system. Besides these, below mentioned treatments are advised or prescribed for treating Sinus Headaches:

  • For treating bacterial sinusitis, antibiotics are prescribed by the physicians.
  • You may be advised to inhale nasal steroids, if sinus headaches have occurred due to allergies or inflammation.
  • Nasal irrigation may be helpful to relieve Sinus headaches by shrinking your inflamed sinus membrane.
  • Drinking fluids in sufficient quantity and humidified air may also help to relieve congestion.
  • Saline nasal sprays also help to relieve congestion.
  • Inhaling steam also improves upon the condition.

What are the different ways to prevent Sinus Headaches?

To prevent Sinus Headaches, it is important to keep your sinus healthy:

  • In order to avoid upper respiratory infections leading to sinusitis, wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
  • Avoid irritants like cigarette, pipe and cigar smoke, perfume and certain chemicals, as these can swell your sinus channels.
  • Breathing humidified air at home and work can also help to reduce sinus headaches.

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Cold Sores

What Are Cold Sores?

Small watery or fluid filled lesions that cluster on or around lips are known as cold sores or fever blisters. At times, these also affect your tongue, gums, soft and hard palate. Sometimes, they are mistaken for canker sores but those affect the soft tissue lining within the mouth where cold sores never occur. Cold sores generally cluster to form patches and take two weeks time to heal properly.

Causes and Transmission Of Virus:

Herpes Simplex Virus type 1 or 2 is responsible for causing cold sores. Both types of herpes can cause infection on or around your mouth or genitals. You initially get infected by :

Cold Sores Treatment

Cold Sores Treatment

  • Coming into contact of person with active blister
  • Touching infected person’s saliva
  • Touching the sore
  • Sharing infected eating utensils
  • Using infected razors
  • Sharing Towels
  • Kissing the infected person

 Cold sores recur when the virus lying latent in the nerve tissue reactivates. Following triggers are responsible for recurring cold sores :

  • Fever
  • Ultra violet light
  • Menstruation
  • Oral trauma
  • Fatigue
  • Stress

Symptoms: 

Most of the people who get infected with herpes simplex virus often do not display any visible symptoms. But for some, the cold sores are really very painful. The symptoms may vary from person to person . They may feel :

  • Itching
  • Burning sensation
  • Oozing liquid
  • High body temperature
  • Nausea and Headaches
  • Muscle aches
  • Swollen glands
  • Foul breathing
  • Lip swelling

Children under five years of age are more likely to develop sores inside their mouth viz. their gums or palate. They are at a higher risk of transmitting virus to their other body parts like their thumbs, finger tips and eyes.

 Prevention :

Cold sores are highly contagious and medications available treat the symptoms only not the virus. So it is better to be cautious and prevent this virus to affect yourself. Below mentioned tips can help you to prevent virus from transmitting :

  • Avoid kissing the infected person
  • Do not touch the blister
  • Keep separate eating utensils, razors, towels, lip balms, lipsticks for the infected person
  • If you are infected, wash your hands frequently and regularly with soap and warm water
  • Do not touch your other body parts, especially the most susceptible ones like eyes and genitals

Treatment :

Cold sores basically start healing and clearing within the few after appearing, without leaving any scar or mark. Most of the medicines and ointments available target the symptoms not the virus. And these medicine are effective if applied right at the beginning of the symptoms i.e. when very first of the symptoms appear. Doctors may prescribe anti-viral medicines, if you are frequently suffering from cold sores.

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How to Prevent Common Cold?

Prevention and Treatment of Common Cold:

Common ColdCommon cold is a self-limited communicable viral disease caused by a variety of viruses. In clinical terms it is referred to as upper respiratory system infection. Common cold along with being the world’s commonest cause of illness is also a major cause of absence in schools and the work place.

Transmission of Common Cold

  • Common cold is transmitted either by breathing in the airborne viruses or by coming into contact with infected secretions.
  • It gets transmitted from person to person when an infected person touches something or someone after touching or blowing his nose.
  • A healthy person gets infected when, after touching the contaminated secretions, directly or indirectly, he / she touches his / her own eyes or nose.
  • The virus also spreads through the air when an infected person coughs, sneezes or even talks. This is a less common mode of transmission, contrary to common belief. One has to be physically close to the infected person to get infected through the air and the virus does not linger long in the air anyway. This is the reason why doctors do not catch a cold too frequently although they have the highest risk because they see infected patients more than anyone else.
  • Hand to hand contact with the infected person or sharing his / her contaminated utensils, toys, towels, faucets and other objects can cause this viral transmission.

Symptoms of Common Cold

Symptoms usually appear two or three days after coming into the contact of virus and last up to seven to ten days. Based upon the virus causing common cold, the signs and symptoms may be different for different persons and may include the following:

  1. Stuffy nose, sneezing, runny nose
  2. Pain or irritation in throat
  3. Coughing
  4. Headache
  5. Low grade fever
  6. Fatigue
  7. Decreased appetite
  8. Watery eyes
  9. Body ache

Prevention of Common Cold

By following the following preventive measures, risk of getting this infection can be greatly reduced:

  • Hand Washing – Infected person should wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after blowing or wiping the nose, coughing and sneezing and also before eating or preparing food.
  • Treat Commonly Touched Surfaces – Cleanse sink handles, door knobs etc., with disinfectants.
  • Hand Sanitizers – Use hand sanitizers whenever direct or indirect contact with an infected person occurs.
  • Make use of paper towels instead of cloth towels.
  • Good Bacteria – Eat yogurts that have active cultures. Probiotics may prevent colds in children.

Treatment for the common cold

There is no cure available that can eliminate the virus. Common cold is a self limited viral infection. Our natural immune system does cure the illness but it takes about a week to do so. For adults and older children, over the counter cough and cold medicines may ease the symptoms but they do not make the cold go away any faster. The following practices can help relieve or reduce the symptoms of the common cold:

  1. Prevent dehydration, drink a lot of fluids and take rest to overcome fatigue, fever and muscle aches.
  2. Gargle with warm salt water to relieve sore throat.
  3. Throat lozenges, sprays and cough drops may decrease the severity of symptoms.
  4. Discontinue smoking and also stay away from second hand smoke, as it can worsen symptoms.

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If your symptoms do not go away even after a week or get worse consult My Urgent Care for immediate attention and care. Our experienced doctors can make sure that you do not have a secondary bacterial infection or something more serious masquerading as a common cold render suitable treatment. Timely diagnosis and care can prevent further complications.

How to cure Poison Ivy?

Symptoms and Complications of Poison Ivy:

Poison IvyWhen the plants like poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac come into the contact of your skin, can induce an allergic and itchy skin reaction named allergic contact dermatitis camera. An oily resin named urushiol present in the leaves, stem and roots of poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac stimulates poisonous skin allergy in the people who are sensitive to it.

About 50 percent of the population is usually sensitive to these poison plants. When burnt, if the smoke emitted by these plants is inhaled, can trigger alarming and life threatening responses in the form of lung’s infection.

Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of a poison ivy rash are:

  • Uneasy ,red and itchy skin
  • Liquid filled lumps or blisters
  • Huge swollen areas

Causes

Urushiol ; an oily resin present in roots, stems and leaves of poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac; being sticky and moist, easily sticks to your skin, clothing, tools, equipments and pets’ fur. Factors inducing poison ivy are:

  1. Direct contact: Direct skin contact with the leaves, stem, roots or berries of the poison plant can stimulate an allergic reaction.
  2. Coming into contact with contaminated objects: If you touch your shoes pressed on poison ivy while walking, urushiol can stick to your hands and further gets transferred to your face on brushing or touching your skin. Urushiol present on the unclean and contaminated objects can cause skin infection even in the later years .
  3. Breathing in the smoke of burning poison plants: The smoke emitted by burnt poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac consists of their oil. If inhaled, can disturb your nasal passage and cause harm to your lungs.

Complications

If you rub or scratch a poison ivy rash, bacteria beneath your finger nails can result into serious skin infection. Consult your doctor immediately if the fluid is oozing out of the bumps or blisters. Doctors generally advise antibiotics for treatment.

Home remedies for Allergic Reactions

  • Baking soda: A quick fix home remedy to cure poison ivy reaction. Either add 1/2 cup to a bath or mix it with apple cider vinegar and apply directly to the rash.
  • Oatmeal: A paste of cooked oatmeal can be to the skin rash to extract out toxins and to get relief from itching.
  • Himalayan crystal salt: A warm salt bath can help to drain toxins and mucous out of poison ivy lumps. It further makes the skin dry and thus relieves itching.
  • Goldenseal:  Goldenseal powder either mixed with water or with apple cider vinegar can be applied to allergic area to cover up against infections.
  • Pascalite clay: A paste of pascalite clay and water applied to rash can pull toxins and fluid out of rash. To keep the paste moist, shield it with plastic wrap.
  • Aloe Vera gel:  Aloe Vera gel extracted from inner flesh of leaves helps to soothe itching and pain.

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How Insect Bites inflict Injury?

Symptoms of Insect Bites:

Insect bites and stings happen often. Their usual symptoms are the redness and swelling of the affected area. At times they can cause serious or even fatal reactions.

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When an insect bites, it injects venom consisting of proteins into the body of the victim. This injected venom may cause allergy, itching, burning sensation and swelling of the injured area.

  • Bites or stings from bees, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets, and fire ants may be much more dangerous for the people who are hypersensitive to them. More people die of bee stings than snake bites. Different insects like bees, wasps, fire ants vary in their ways of inflicting injuries to the people.
  • A bee can bite once in a life time as it empties its injection apparatus in one single sting and dies immediately. Whereas a wasp can sting a number of times.
  • Fire ants use their mandibles and body rotations to insert their venom. These can also inflict multiple injuries.

Insect Bite Symptoms

The symptoms of an insect bite may vary according to the kind of the insect and sensitivity of the victim. Mostly insect bites cause itchy red spots, pain, swelling and irritation. If the injured area is rubbed or scratched it can cause small breaks in the skin which may lead to infection. These local skin infections are called cellulitis.

  • If you are hypersensitive to a particular insect bite you may have serious outcomes like anaphylaxis. Its symptoms may include palpitations, hives, tongue swelling, lip swelling and difficulty in breathing. In the worst cases anaphylactic reaction can even be fatal.
  • If an insect bites on your tongue, it can cause swollen throat thus causing death due to air blockage.
  • In rare instances, multiple bee stings or stings of large hornets can cause muscle break down called Rhabdomyolysis which can lead to kidney failure.
  • A fire ant’s bite produces an itchy and painful pimple like wound.

When to Seek Medical Care

If you develop any of the serious symptoms mentioned above even if you don’t have a history of severe reactions, seek immediate medical attention. If you are not aware about the insect that bit you, keep a close eye on the injured area to try to recognise infection as early as possible.  In case of an open wound, come in to one of our clinics at My Urgent Care immediately. As always, remember, you do not need to make an appointment at My Urgent Care. We accept most insurances and welcome uninsured patients who can pay our deeply discounted fees by cash or credit card. Visit our Website: http://www.myurgentcare.com

Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis): Facts and Precautions

Types and Symptoms of Pink Eye:

Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)Redness, irritation and swelling in the conjunctiva or the membrane that covers the eyeball is Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis). Normally the eye lining is transparent and colorless. Pink Eye can be caused by several distinct mechanisms and the choice of treatment recommendation by your doctor depends upon his determination of the cause.

Common Types of Pink Eye

Symptoms of Pink Eye

  • Redness of eyes
  • Swollen eyelids
  • Itching or burning sensation in the eyelids
  • Clear or thick white or yellowish discharge
  • Excessive tear production
  • Feeling of graininess or sand in the eye

10 Steps to Prevent Pink Eye

Suggesting 10 simple precautions you should take to reduce the risk of getting pink eye:

  • Do not share your face cloth, hand towels or tissues with others.
  • While coughing or sneezing, always direct it at the floor in front of your feet and also try to avoid any type of contact with your eyes.
  • Never share glasses or contact lenses with your friends or any family member.
  • While you are at school or any public place, wash your hands often.
  • Use hand sanitizers whenever possible.
  • Regularly cleanse your home surfaces such as faucets, bath room fixtures, and shared phones with appropriate disinfectants.
  • If you are prone to seasonal allergies, seek advice from your My Urgent Care physician or your private physician to prevent the symptoms even before they start.
  • If you use contacts, cleanse them as recommended and replace them as instructed by your eye specialist and use daily disposable lenses.
  • While swimming, shield your eyes against the water prone bacteria and irritant disinfectants like chlorine, by using protective goggles.
  • Before being in water of any kind viz. taking showers or hot tub bath, remove lenses to stop the bacteria being trapped between your eyes and lenses.

When to see a doctor

Call at My Urgent Care, if you notice any signs or symptoms you think can might be of Pink eye. Pink eye can be highly contagious for as long as two weeks after signs and symptoms start appearing. Early diagnosis and treatment can protect people around you from getting pink eye too.

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What treatment should be done for Lung Disorder?

Manifestation and Treatment of Lungs Disorder:

Lung DisorderAtelectasis is the condition where a portion of lung or the whole lung fails to expand. It is the collapse of the affected part of the lung. It may be congenital where the lung fails to expand at birth which may be due to the immaturity of the respiratory muscles or abnormality of alveolar ducts.

Acquired atelectasis occurs when the lung has expanded fully and then collapses due to some cause such as obstruction in the air passage, pressure from outside the lungs such as pleural effusion; postoperatively after prolonged anaesthesia.

Manifestation

Clinical manifestations depend on the amount of the lung tissue affected.

  • Breathe sounds are diminished or absent over the affected area.
  • Dyspnoea, rapid respirations and cyanosis.
  • Fever

Investigation

  • X-ray of the chest, anterior posterior and lateral views are required to locate the involved part.
  • Bronchoscopy

Treatment

  • Bronchoscopic aspiration may be necessary in acute collapse.
  • Parents should be taught about the postural drainage and encouraged to practice.

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