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Pollen count is high - let's look at the various Hay Fever treatment options

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Hayfever- Part 2 Treatment As total avoidance of triggers like pollen is impossible, medication is often needed to control symptoms. Antihistamines Oral antihistamines are effective in relieving eye symptoms, running nose, sneezing and nasal irritation but have negligible effect on nasal congestion. Antihistamines are useful in patients with troublesome symptoms at multiple sites e.g. itching of roof of the mouth, throat, or eyes. First Generation Antihistamines. ("Sedative") Sedation is the most common side effect of these drugs and may affect the patient’s ability to drive and operate machinery and concentrate. They should not be used in patients with prostatic hypertrophy...

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Hayfever - pt 1 of 2 looks at symptoms, prevention and diagnosis

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Hayfever- Part 1 Hay fever is a type of allergic rhinitis caused by pollen or spores. Hay fever affects the nose, sinuses, throat, and eyes. From May to July grass and flowers are in pollen, so is the most common time for hay fever. Mould and fungi also release tiny reproductive particles, called spores which also cause allergies. Grass is the most common cause of hayfever.   Hay fever is a common condition that affects around 20% of the population. Hay fever is more likely if there is a family history of allergies, particularly asthma or eczema. Hay fever usually begins in...

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Part 2 of our review looking at the many benefits Vitamin D brings - more reasons to get out in the sun

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Vitamin D Part 2   Vitamin D and Respiratory infections (including Covid 19)   Groundbreaking Irish Study on Vitamin D benefits against Covid 19 A study by the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) as well as research from Technological University Dublin (published in Irish Medical Journal in April 2020) indicated that Vitamin D reduces risk of getting Covid 19 and helps fight it for those infected with Covid-19. TILDA is an ongoing study of people over the age of 50 in Ireland. According to its report, Vitamin D Deficiency in Ireland - Implications for COVID 19,...

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Spring has sprung - 1st of 2 articles about how Sunshine helps build Vitamin D and how, in turn, benefits your general well being

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Vitamin D Part 1   Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin. It helps absorb calcium and phosphorus in the intestines so it can be absorbed by the bones, keeping the skeleton strong. Therefore, preventing bone diseases including, osteoporosis and rickets in children. Vitamin D deficiency also causes a mild muscle weakness, thus increasing the risk of falls and hence fractures in older people. Therefore, vitamin D supplementation is often important in this age group. It is also known as the “good mood vitamin” and research shows it helps fight depression. How is Vitamin D Produced?   Vitamin D can be...

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Final part of our Joint Pain review takes a further look at Osteoarthritis - diagnosis and treatment

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Joint pain Part 3 Osteoarthritis: the most common cause of joint pain   Symptoms of osteoarthritis are pain, stiffness and sometimes swelling of the joints. The pain is exacerbated by activity and relieved by rest. The pain of osteoarthritis tends to get worse throughout the day. Joints may not move easily. There may be a crunching feeling in the joints. Joints may make creaking sounds called crepitations. As osteoarthritis progresses, the joints may become misshapen and look knobby, and they may become unstable.   Diagnosis There is no single test that can check for osteoarthritis, so a GP will ask...

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