If you don't drink water in Phoenix, you will end up looking like beef jerky....
Not only do you need to stay well-hydrated, you should consider buying a cool mist humidifier (I like the quiet, ultrasonic models...about $40 or so). Run the humidifier in your bedroom at night. It does not have to be blowing in your face; just somewhere in the room.
Use saline spray or a saline gel in your nose on a regular basis, and some lip moisturizer.
If that doesn't work, you will need to move to Hawaii.View Thread
I am struggling to know how to respond to your posting. Although this does not relate to the theme of this particular community (Ear, Nose, and Throat), I thought I would try...
You say you do not feel depressed, but depression can come about in many forms. When those sensitive neurotransmitters in our brains become deficient, or the events in our lives pile up, we can lose that desire to fight....to reach out and embrace the joys of life. When I read your last paragraphs, my depression radar started to beep.
Each day that we allow these feelings to take control is one day lost.
I have three dogs, and I named them ALL after antidepressants: There is Lexi (Lexapro), Ellie (Elavil), and Zac (Prozac), for they are indeed, my antidepressants. I am glad that you have your canine antidepressant, too, but this may not be enough. You may need some some additional help, perhaps in the way of psychotherapy and/or medications. Many people are reluctant to take this important step, but that does not mean you shouldn't try to walk down a different. You have some heartening insight into your current situation, but this does not have to be your life. It can be better....View Thread
Yes...that is the arrogance of some members of the medical profession. It doesn't take a doctor...or those letters after your name to be able to make an accurate description of the eardrum. I have taught THOUSANDS of lay people how to use a home otoscope, and some of them....the ones that practice...get very, very good. This is not rocket science....but it does take practice to get good at it. Your doctor had to learn how to do this, too. I hope it didn't take him ten years, but maybe he isn't a fast learner?????
Some medical provider appreciate "involved" patients; others are threatened by them. Find a doctor that appreciates your participation, not one who is put off by it.View Thread
Doctors used to carry black bags containing all the medical tools they would need for a home visit. Of course, that rarely happens anymore. My own black bag is gathering dust in my closet. However, every family should have their own Black Bag.
What you include in your family Black Bag (and it doesn't have to be black!) depends on what role you would like to play in your family's medical care. Personally, I think people can, and should, take a more active, participatory role in their health care.
Here are ten items to consider adding to your Black Bag
Thermometer. You can't find the old mercury thermometers any more, but there are excellent electronic ones on the market, from the inexpensive ones that go under your tongue or under your arm to the more pricey forehead scanners or ear thermometers.
Sphygomomanometer (Blood pressure cuff). Being able to take an accurate home blood pressure is important. You can easily learn to use one that requires the use of a stethoscope, or buy an electronic model that doesn't require one.
Stethoscope. Requires some practice, but listening to lung or heart sounds is important skill to foster.
Home Otoscope. This is my favorite home tool, used to examine the ears for infection or even a wax impaction. It can even be used to peer up a child's nose for foreign bodies, or use the light source to look in the mouth and throat.
Splinter Forceps. Every home should have a good, surgical pair of splinter forceps.
Scissors. Your home black bag should have two pair of scissors; one to cut bandages, and other sharper pair for other needs. You can do better than those utility scissors in your kitchen "junk drawer:
Measuring spoon or cup. Accurately measuring medications is essential. This is not the time to guess or use a common teaspoon.
Flashlight. If you have a good otoscope, this can be used, but a good, bright flashlight is essential for looking in the eyes or throat.
Tongue depressors. Learning to look in someone's throat who does say the classic "Ahhhhhh" may require the use of one of those wooden sticks used by your doctor to hold down the tongue. They only come in boxes of 500 or a 1000 so I advocate just stealing them from your doctor.
First Aid Book. Find a good one at your local bookstore or on-line store. Bookmark your favorite (WebMD) sites for quick reference.
You will then need to stock your Home Pharmacy that I will discuss on a future tip.
Medical providers have always been taught that if you are allergic to penicillin, you have a greater chance of also being allergic to a large class of antibiotics called cephalosporins (Keflex, Suprax, Omnicef, Cefzil, Ceftin, etc.). Not wanting to cause the patient another, potentially-serious adverse reaction, many clinicians automatically eliminate cephalosporin use in patients who report a penicillin allergy. A study of 156 penicillin-allergic patients reported at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, found that 80 people tested negative to penicillin allergy, and only ONE PATIENT out of 156 experienced a possible, mild adverse reaction. TIP #2: Not all adverse reactions to drugs, even rashes, are ALLERGIC. Amoxicillin – a penicillin derivative – is notorious for causing a non-allergic, skin rash in some people. Clinicians typically will avoid giving it again, but to eliminate cephalosporins as an alternative drug may not be prudent. TIP #3: Viruses often cause rashes, especially in children, so if a child is taking amoxicillin and develops a rash, it does not necessarily mean it is from the drug. However, if a child develops HIVES, this is most-likely a penicillin allergic response.
TIP #4: Not all adverse reactions are ALLERGIC reactions. Getting a tummyache or diarrhea while taking an antibiotic does not mean you are "allergic" to it.
Always inform your medical provider of possible allergies AND adverse drug reactions so that a reasonable, informed decision can be made regarding the use of the same or similar medications in the future.View Thread