February, 2014

Treatment of Allergic Rhinitis

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

While you may have never heard of allergic rhinitis, you or someone you know has likely experienced it.  Known colloquially as hay fever, this common condition affects the nose, and can bring about many unwanted side effects.  Sneezing, runny noses, and watery eyes are all symptoms of allergic rhinitis, causing a great deal of discomfort in patients.

Allergic rhinitis is the result of the immune system overreacting to particles in the air, like pollen, dust, ragweed, animal dander, and more.  The symptoms are caused by the body’s immune system attacking these particles, and can include runny nose, sneezing, tearing, nasal congestion, itchy nose, problems with smell, and many more.  Allergic rhinitis is a long-lasting condition, though depending on what you're allergic to, symptoms may only appear at certain times.

While there is currently no cure for allergic rhinitis, there are some treatment options that can help to relieve the symptoms associated with this condition.  Keep reading to find out some of the top treatment options for this condition.

Top Treatment Options for Allergic Rhinitis

  1. Avoid known allergens. Since the symptoms of allergic rhinitis are brought on by external factors like dust mice, pollen, and more, avoiding these triggers can help you reduce your symptoms.  Speak to your doctor about allergy testing, as it can help you figure out what exactly is triggering your symptoms.
  2. Medications. Antihistamines, cortisteroids, and decongestants are all medications that can be helpful in clearing unwanted allergy symptoms.  You should always consult with a doctor before taking any of these, however, as they may not always be the right treatment option for you.
  3. Allergy shots. If your allergy symptoms are severe, or if you can't avoid the allergen that's causing these symptoms, allergy shots can be an effective option.  Regular injections can help your body adjust to the allergen, thereby reducing your symptoms.

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If you’re living with allergic rhinitis and want to find out more about the treatment options, contact us today and schedule a consultation.  Our offices are located in Astoria, and you can reach us directly at (718) 204-7550.  We look forward to serving you.

FAQ: What You Need to Know About Cirrhosis

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Cirrhosis is a condition that leads to the scarring of the liver, and can be caused by several factors. Cirrhosis is the third most common cause of death among people ages 45 to 65 in the US, after heart disease and cancer.

Read on to find out what the symptoms of cirrhosis are and what can be done to prevent it.

  1. What Causes Cirrhosis? One of the most common causes of cirrhosis is alcohol abuse. Chronic excessive drinking is hard on the liver and can cause it to become inflamed, and this inflammation can lead to a permanent scarring.The liver can also become scarred from the hepatitis C virus, which is the most common chronic blood-born infection in the US. Cirrhosis is also a symptom of fatty liver disease, which is caused by a build-up of fat deposits in the liver and is linked to those who are overweight or obese.
  2. What Are the Symptoms of Cirrhosis? When scarring becomes severe enough to interfere with the liver’s normal functions, cirrhosis symptoms begin to show. These include blood in the stools, as well as throwing up blood, nausea, loss of appetite and weight loss.Other symptoms include stomach pain or discomfort, fatigue, weakness and jaundice, which causes the skin or whites of the eyes to appear yellow. If you experience any of these symptoms, LIC Urgent Med can help to determine what the cause is, whether it’s cirrhosis or another condition.
  3. How Can Cirrhosis Be Treated? Further liver damage can be prevented or controlled with medication, but the existing liver scarring caused by cirrhosis is generally not considered to be reversible. Those whose cirrhosis is due to alcohol abuse should stop drinking completely and permanently.Patients whose cirrhosis is related to fatty liver disease due to being overweight or obese should speak to a doctor regarding starting a safe weight loss or exercise regimen. Those with hepatitis C who are concerned about cirrhosis should speak to a doctor about symptoms and testing, as well as lifestyle changes they can make in order to decrease their chances of developing cirrhosis.

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To learn more about cirrhosis and how it can be prevented or controlled, please contact us today and schedule an appointment. Our offices are located in Astoria, and we can be reached at (718) 204-7550. We hope to hear from you soon.

Treatment and Prevention of Kidney Stones

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Each year, countless patients suffer from kidney stones, a condition which often results in unbearable pain. Kidney stones occur when substances in the urine become concentrated, forming crystals. The crystals then grow into large masses ( "stones") which work their way through the urinary tract. It is when the stones get stuck that pain begins to occur. Once a person has had kidney stones once, they are far more likely to experience a second one.

Kidney stones are usually diagnosed when a patient is admitted to the emergency room with severe pains. Let's take a closer look at how you can treat and prevent kidney stones.

  1. Drink plenty of water. Kidney stones are usually caused by a poor diet, as well as by drinking a great deal of soda. Drinking water, however, is a great way to keep both your body and urinary tract healthy, essential for preventing kidney stones. Taking calcium supplements or eating calcium-rich foods can also be helpful in preventing this condition.  Since patients who have had kidney stones once are more likely to experience kidney stones again, taking these preventative measures are crucial.
  2. Taking pain medication. Some kidney stones will pass on their own, if they are small in size. If your doctor believes that your kidney stone will pass on its own, nonprescription, anti-inflammatory pain medication can help relieve pain. Some doctors may also prescribe pain medicine if the patient requires it.
  3. Surgery. Surgery is rarely needed for kidney stones, and is usually performed when the stone is very large, causing bleeding, or caused by an infection. There are two methods of surgery performed for kidney stone cases. One method is involves the surgeon making a small cut in the back, in order to either remove or break up the stone. This method of surgery is sued when the stone is very large. Open surgery is another option, and involves the surgeon making an incision in the stomach area to remove the stone.

Kidney Stone Treatment in Astoria

To learn more about prevention and treatment for kidney stones, please contact us today and schedule an appointment. Our offices are located in Astoria, and we can be reached at (718) 204-7550. We hope to hear from you soon.

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