Daily Column

Are petroleum jelly products safe in the nose?

Q: For some time now I've used a cotton swab to place a little Vicks Vaporub just inside my nostrils before retiring and I've found that it helps to reduce my nasal congestion overnight. Do you see any problem with this use? A: Nasal congestion a/k/a a stuffy nose is defined as a blockage of the nasal passages, a condition generally resulting from swelling or edema of nasal tissue. The condition may interfere with a person's ears, hearing, speech, cause mild head pain and discomfort. For older children and adults it is generally an annoyance. Causes for the condition may be from allergies to a whole host of other conditions , again most of which are relatively harmless. Some of the known allergies include dry air – either from the climate in which a person lives to the … [Read More...]

Monthly Awareness

Monthly Awareness – July

Group B streptococcus (GBS) is a topic seldom talked about, yet is a common bacterium carried in the intestines or lower genital tract. It is generally harmless yet can cause infections in adults who suffer from specific chronic medical conditions such as liver disease or diabetes. Surprisingly, many adults carry group B strep within the body – most commonly in the throat, bladder, vagina, bowels, and rectum. This specific bacterium is not sexually transmitted, nor is it spread through food or water. Those adults at an increased risk for the bacterium include diabetics, having a compromised immune system such as HIV, have liver disease, or cancer. A great deal of attention is paid to pregnant women carrying GBS because they can (but may not) pass it off to their babies during labor. … [Read More...]