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140523EoEimageThose who’ve experienced repeated swallowing trouble are sometimes diagnosed with a condition called Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE). Although this condition is chronic, it can usually be managed effectively with medications or by avoiding foods that trigger the symptoms.

With this condition, foreign cells called eosinophil invade the esophagus. These cells release proteins that inflame the throat, making it difficult to swallow. In some EoE patients, food will become stuck in the esophagus. When this happens, emergency help is often needed to remove it. In babies, EoE can cause recurrent vomiting or feeding difficulties. Additional symptoms may include upper abdominal pain, chest pain or heartburn symptoms that do not subside with typical heartburn medications.

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140512osm obesity finalMore and more children are becoming victims of the obesity epidemic in the United States. And being obese as a child makes you twice as likely to become an obese adult.

Obesity is defined as having excess body fat that makes you 20 percent or more above your ideal body weight. Children who struggle with obesity can suffer both physical and psychological problems.

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140425OSMasthmaawareness 1Asthma is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the lungs, causing coughing, wheezing, chest tightness and shortness of breath.

Here are 10 reasons why Asthma Awareness Month is so important:

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140414OSM ItchyEyes 1Dry eye syndrome is a common medical condition that many people experience at some point in their lives. Nearly everyone has varying degrees of the condition, because tear production often diminishes with age. Dry eye symptoms are usually classified as mild, moderate or severe, with severe cases leading to a diminished quality of life.

What are the causes?

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Many people suffering from nasal congestion or post-nasal drip turn to the ancient practice of nasal irrigation to help relieve their symptoms. Scientific studies point to its beneficial uses, because irrigation:

  • Acts as a car wash for your nose, by cleaning out irritants and allergens that are present on your mucous membranes.
  • Clears away or thins out mucus. Believe it or not, our body produces about a quart of mucus in our lungs, nose and throat on a normal day. We only notice it when it makes more than usual or it gets thicker and more difficult to swallow. Thin mucus is less bothersome.
  • Helps wash away chemical messengers your nose uses when you’re experiencing symptoms.
  • Irrigation helps improve mucus clearance, which is accomplished by the beating of millions of microscopic hairs called cilia that move mucus down your throat to swallow and digest. You can test this at home by putting a little NutraSweet into your nose with a Q-tip. In a few minutes you will taste it in the back of your mouth.