Archive | December, 2015

Decongestants: Can I use this medication?

Many individuals can use decongestants but they are not suitable for everyone. Prior to using decongestants, it is vital to carefully read the packaging instructions for the proper dosage and other essential considerations. Infants and children Decongestants must not be given to children below 6 years old and not recommended for children below 12 years […]

What is croup?

Croup is considered as a childhood condition affecting the windpipe, airways to the lungs and the larynx. Children who develop croup have a characteristic bark-like cough that produces a harsh sound called stridor while breathing in. The child will also have a hoarse voice and finds it hard to breath due to the blocked airway. […]

What is the flu shot?

The vaccination for the flu by injection or the flu shot is readily available every year to protect adults who are at risk for flu and its potential complications. Always bear in mind that the flu can be unpleasant, but if the individual is healthy, it typically clears up on its own within a week. […]

How to manage a food allergy

There are two main types of medications that can be utilized to relieve the symptoms of an allergic reaction to foods. These include antihistamines for mild to moderate allergic reactions and adrenaline for severe allergic reactions or anaphylaxis. What are antihistamines? Antihistamines work by blocking the effects of histamine which is responsible for various symptoms […]

What is bursitis?

Bursitis involves inflammation and swelling of a bursa. A bursa is a sac filled with fluid that develops under the skin, usually over the joints and functions as a cushion in between the bones and tendons. The indicative symptoms of bursitis include swelling, pain and tenderness in the affected area. Any bursa can become inflamed, […]

How to prevent hay fever

The main triggers of hay fever include grass and tree pollen. The pollen from shrubs and weeds can also instigate symptoms. The pollen count is relatively higher on dry, hot days. The fungal spores are usually found on most damp days, but quite high after harvesting and in the autumn season. There are several tips […]