Allergy? Flu? Sinusitis? How to tell the difference.

How to tell the difference and the best way to treat it… Sniffling, sneezing and wiping your eyes? You might assume you have a cold…but not so fast. These symptoms can also come from the flu or allergies…from something that’s similar to an allergy…and even from something else entirely—sinusitis! Telling these five conditions apart can be tricky—even for doctors and for people who may have developed allergies later in life. But knowing the difference is the key to getting the most effective treatment. To be well, you need to know the difference Marcie had a constant runny nose. She was referred to me for surgery. “No surgery! You have dust and cat allergy.” With medication, she was fine. COLDS Colds are caused by more than 100 different viruses. Your symptoms will depend on the specific virus you are infected with. Telltale signs: In addition to common cold symptoms, such as sneezing, a sore throat, congestion and/or a cough, you may also have a low-grade fever, mild body aches and aching, swollen sinuses. Symptoms usually last a week or two. My favorite cold remedies: Get into bed and rest. If you can, watch a funny movie. Research shows that laughing promotes healing. Also, have chicken soup and decaffeinated green tea with lemon and honey. Chicken soup and green tea have anti-inflammatory properties that help fight infection. If you need help sleeping, try 25 mg to 50 mg of diphenhydramine (Benadryl). For an immune-boosting herbal cough syrup: Mix one-half teaspoon each of cayenne pepper and freshly grated gingerroot…two tablespoons each of honey and apple cider vinegar…and four tablespoons of water. Take...

The Link Between Allergies and Bad Breath

The Link Between Allergies and Bad Breath by Anthony Dailley DDS With spring right around the corner, many people will start experiencing the annoying symptoms of allergies, such as sinus congestion, sneezing, and runny noses. At the Center for Breath Treatment we often see an increase in halitosis conditions being caused by allergy conditions during the Spring and Fall allergy seasons. As the weather becomes warm and windy, symptoms from allergies will only worsen. As if allergies themselves aren’t enough, they also tend to be a contributor to bad breath in people that experience sinus symptoms. Sinus Congestion Sinus congestion and post-nasal drip are especially troublesome because they can be a source of halitosis. When you are congested, it’s difficult to breathe through your nose, causing you to breathe through your mouth more often than normal. Having a dry mouth contributes to changes in the oral bacteria, and the bacteria tends to accumulate because it isn’t getting constantly washed away by saliva. This by itself can result in a halitosis condition. This can get particularly problematic at night, and a dry mouth coupled with morning breath is a recipe for bad breath. Unfortunately, it is also possible that your allergy medication is causing you to have dry mouth, so you should check the side effects of any medication you’re using, whether its prescription or over the counter. Make sure you are using a product that won’t cause bad breath, such as Clear-Ease, which contains natural enzymes that break down mucus and helps reduce congestion. Post Nasal Drip Post-nasal drip is another allergy related culprit of bad breath. This is...

How to Avoid The Flu (or a cold) This Year

How to Avoid the Flu (or a Cold) This Year! Flu/influenza can be prevented. Four valent vaccine, active cilia, good probiotic, and smiling are effective. Sanitizers must remain on for 20 seconds. You don’t want to catch influenza/ flu this year. You can get an influenza shot, and that is best. These injections raise your immunity to specific types of the flu viruses. Trivalent Flu vaccines protect against two kinds of Type A and one Type B flu virus. Quadrivalent Vaccine protects against two of A and B each. That means protection against four types of the flu virus. Even when the influenza vaccine doesn’t give 100% protection, it can significantly reduce symptoms and complications What Other Measures Help Prevent flu with good sleep and yogurt/ probiotic. The better your sleep the better your immunity to most illnesses. If you have been on antibiotics, you should take yogurt or probiotic preparations for three months to restore your good bacteria. Why Do You Get a Cold or Flu in the Winter? In the winter there is more close contact with other persons. During the winter, you go outside in the bitter cold, and then come into the overheated store, where people sneeze and cough. Each sneeze from an infected person showers the air with viruses. Normally, your good nasal cilia work to wash those bugs out of your nose before they can enter your body. However, in cold weather you nasal cilia slow down. The colder the nose, the slower the cilia become. Therefore, when you step from the cold and enter the packed elevator, your cilia beat too slowly...

When It’s Freezing Cold Outside, Drink Tea

When It’s Freezing Cold Outside, Drink Tea If you get wet, getting out of wet clothes is essential; it is very important not to get chilled. If your hands/feet are exposed to extreme weather changes, you can get frostbite in five minutes! Please don’t touch metal with bare hands – they can get attached to the metal and cause serious injury. Just as important, when you come in from the cold and step into an elevator or a classroom, you are subject to illness because your nasal cilia are not doing their job. In the normal nose, you have millions of tiny oars in your nose/sinuses the beat at a steady rate to move bacteria/viruses out of the nose. Similarly you have the same system in your bronchial passages. If the cilia are stunned and not moving from the cold, they fail. Then the bacteria that lands in your nose remains in place. Preventing Illness in Cold Weather One method is to seek an area where there are few persons present when you enter the building. Wave your arms around and jump up and down to get your circulation moving. Once your physical nose has warmed up, then you can enter the elevator or classroom with good defense, because your cilia are moving bacteria/virus out of the nose. Another method is to carry a hot thermos of green tea. Before you enter the elevator, drink the hot tea. Raise Your Immunity When you drink liquids, you have a means of diluting bacteria. When you fail to drink enough liquids, the nasal and chest mucus is too thick to move...

What is the Grossan Institute? Why is it Written?

What is the Grossan Institute? Why is it Written? The Grossan Institute blog is a result of my medical school training in rural Georgia. We were trained to be country doctors, and to practice without the fancy big city facilities. Plus my patients are scuba divers. Therefore, mine is a Whole Person Approach, preferably without drugs or antibiotics. The Whole Person, the Mind, is a wonderful healer. The reason for the Grossan Institute (GI) comes from what I see daily in my practice. A chronic infection that could have been avoided by humming. An infection that is resistant to antibiotics A patient made much worse by being told that nothing can be done for their tinnitus, or Empty Nose Syndrome, or Bell’s Palsy or hearing loss or headaches. Patients who could be helped/cured by engaging the whole person. Patients who can be cured by simple habits. Patients who suffered their entire lives from snoring and the fatigue who are cured by a ten cent a day tape to lift the nasal tip and open the valve; or by sleeping on 50 cent tennis ball to remind them to sleep on their side. Patients who are diagnosed and treated for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and actually have infection of the gums. (one the gums were no longer diseased, their fatigue was gone. The list goes on and on. For example: Ella B. has had chronic nasal congestion for years. It interfered with her sales job, her sleeping, her enjoyment of food. Turns out she was irrigating her nose with a squeeze bottle where her own bacteria flowed back into her nose...