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August 22, 2023 | leann Poston, MD. | Eye conditions
The Risk of Pink Eye for Contact Wearers

An estimated 45 million people in the U.S. wear contact lenses.1 Contact lenses improve visual acuity and can treat visual problems due to corneal surface irregularities. Each year, about 1 in every 500 contact lens wearers develops a serious infection that could lead to blindness.2 Not following proper hygiene and contact lens care instructions is linked to an increased risk of infections and complications. Contact lenses can increase your risk for pink eye, worsen the infection if you c

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August 21, 2023 | leann Poston, MD. | Respiratory illnesses
What is Allergic Asthma?

Exposure to allergens causes a particular type of asthma called allergic asthma. Allergens are harmless substances that only cause an immune reaction in susceptible people. Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition characterized by inflammation and narrowing of the airways due to hyperresponsive airways. In allergic asthma, the immune system overreacts to allergens, causing inflammation and symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. If you have allergic as

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August 16, 2023 | leann Poston, MD. | Respiratory illnesses
What Is Balloon Sinuplasty?

During a balloon sinuplasty procedure, a small, specially designed balloon is inserted into the sinuses and gently inflated to widen and open the sinus passages so they can drain. This procedure can be used to treat the 30 million people who live with chronic sinus infections. Sinuses are enclosed chambers in the skull bones that drain via a small antrum. When these openings swell shut, fluid collects in the sinuses, creating an ideal environment for bacteria and fungi to flourish. When sinu

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August 14, 2023 | leann Poston, MD. | Allergies
Guide To Over-The-Counter Allergy Medicines

Most people can relate to the watery eyes, runny nose, itchy throat, and chronic cough associated with allergy symptoms. Molds, dust mites, pet dander, hay fever, grasses, trees, and weeds are common allergens that cause fatigue and uncomfortable symptoms. Over-the-counter (OTC) allergy medicines treat many of these symptoms, but the vast number of options available can be overwhelming. Whether you choose a single-ingredient product or one with a combination of medications formulated to trea

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August 13, 2023 | leann Poston, MD. | Gastrointestinal disease
Canker Sore Home Treatments

Canker sores, also known as aphthous ulcers, are painful sores that can develop on the cheeks, gums, tongue, and lips. While canker sores are not contagious and will typically go away on their own, they are painful, making it difficult to talk and eat. For this reason, many people look for home remedies to reduce pain and discomfort. What are Canker Sores?Causes of Canker SoresSigns and Symptoms of Canker SoresHome Canker Sore TreatmentsSaltwater rinsesBaking soda rinsesHoneyCoconut oilHydro

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August 12, 2023 | leann Poston, MD. | Heart disease
Heart Health Supplements: What Works and What Doesn't

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for people of most racial and ethnic groups in the U.S., according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. Cardiovascular diseases, or diseases that stem from the heart or blood vessels, affect an estimated 18.2 million U.S. adults. Approximately 695,000 people in the U.S. died from heart disease in 2021. Best Heart Health SupplementsOmega-3 fatty acidsMagnesiumFiberFolateCoenzyme Q10Vitamin ESupplements to AvoidL-CarnitineCalciumGrapef

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August 12, 2023 | leann Poston, MD. | Allergies
What To Expect from an Allergy Test

Allergens are specific substances that cause your immune system to overreact. This triggers allergy symptoms such as sneezing, itching, swelling, hives, and wheezing. Allergy testing can identify the allergens that are causing your symptoms. Allergy specialists typically conduct allergy testing based on your medical history and allergy symptoms. There are several methods used to test for allergies. Understanding what to expect and how to use your test results to improve your symptoms is impo

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August 11, 2023 | leann Poston, MD. | Heart disease
A Guide to Blood Pressure Medications

Hypertension (high blood pressure) affects about half of the U.S. adult population. In 2020, about 120,000 U.S. deaths were attributed to high blood pressure. Only cigarette smoking is a higher preventable risk factor for cardiovascular deaths in the U.S. For most people, the first step in managing high blood pressure is to make diet and lifestyle changes. If this does not work or your blood pressure is very high, your doctor may suggest prescription medications. These medications lower bloo

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August 08, 2023 | leann Poston, MD. | Heart disease
What Is Congenital Heart Disease?

Congenital heart disease (CHD) is any change in heart structure that occurs before birth. Changes in blood vessel structure, function, or defects in heart wall muscle or valves may be identified before birth, shortly after birth, or later in life. CHD is fairly common, affecting nearly 1% of babies born each year in the United States.1,2 Of babies born with CHD, about one in every four has a critical form that requires medical intervention, commonly surgery, within the first year of life.3

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August 07, 2023 | leann Poston, MD. | Heart disease
The Impact of Smoking on Heart Health

Cigarette smoking has been linked to over 27 chronic diseases, including lung disease, cardiovascular diseases, cancers, and diabetes. It is the predominant cause of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).1 In the U.S., about 26 million adults live with smoking-related diseases.2 How Smoking Harms the Cardiovascular SystemBlood vesselsOxygen supplySmoking and Heart DiseasesRelation of Secondhand Smoke to Heart Disease and StrokePsychological Effects of Smoking on Heart

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