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Harvard Medical School Guide to Healing Your Sinuses (Harvard Medical School Guides) Paperback – April 5, 2005
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From a leading expert at one of the world's most respected medical schools----learn how to beat sinus infections once and for all
Nobody needs to tell you how painful and annoying sinus problems can be--the pounding headaches and congestion, the perpetually runny nose, and the debilitating fatigue, not to mention sleepless nights, lost work, and ruined vacations. Now you can do something about it by learning what a top expert tells his patients.
In The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healing Your Sinuses, Ralph B. Metson, M.D., a third-generation ear, nose, and throat specialist with more than twenty years of experience, tells you everything you need to know about taming your aching sinuses. A leading national authority in the field, Dr. Metson fills you in on:
- The ABCs of sinusitis, and how to identify the cause of your symptoms
- The entire range of treatments--from saltwater irrigation to laser surgery
- The pros and cons of decongestants, antibiotics, and steroids
- What to expect from surgery, and whether you're likely to benefit from it
- How to develop a total sinus management plan tailored to your needs
About Harvard Medical School Health Guides
Harvard Medical School guides give you the knowledge you need to understand and take control of your health. In every book, a world-renowned expert from Harvard Medical School provides you with the latest information on diagnosis, traditional and alternative treatments, home remedies, and lifestyle changes that can make a powerful difference in your health.
About the Author
Ralph B. Metson, M.D., is a clinical professor at Harvard Medical School who practices at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. His work has been profiled in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, and he has appeared on "Good Morning America."
Steven Mardon is a freelance writer specializing in health issues who has written for newsletters, newspapers, and magazines for more than ten years.
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1. Commentary on the fact that antihistamines like Allegra/claritin thicken mucus and make it more difficult for your body to wash out the bacterialized mucus.
2. Some more specific information about why it is so critical to keep swelling down in the nasal passages to prevent "the cycle" from repeating
3. The fact that it is now common for antibiotic rounds to go 90 days or more to fully rid one of sinus infections
4. A focus on the fact that chronic sinus issues cause people to feel about their life the same anguish that people feel when they have diseases typically considered "more serious"
While nothing groundbreaking, the book gave me the idea to back off on the "allergy medicines" and only go with the nasal steriod sprays. I have had significant improvement in the last month compared to the last few years, due to no thick congestion in the head. Any person who can pick up on one or two things in the book that make a difference would make the book worth it.
I appreciate how, on pages 162-163, Dr. Metson and Mr. Mardon cite empty nose syndrome (ENS) as a "troubling phenomenon," which results from an overly aggressive surgery of the turbinates (inner nasal mucus-producing tissue that performs many critical functions). The description of ENS is accurate, and I am grateful it is noted as a complication of surgery, as not all sinus self-help books acknowledge ENS.
When discussing treatments, The Harvard Guide to Healing Your Sinuses mentions zicam, which is the oral spray form of zinc. The authors note while zinc has been shown to reduce the duration of a cold, particularly when used at the onset of symptoms, it must be sprayed into the nose every four hours for one to two weeks to be effective. A word of caution, though, which also should be highlighted, is that spraying high concentrations of zicam in the nose can lead to burning and destruction of olfactory epithelium, the nerve cells responsible for smell. Consequently, some users of zicam have permanently lost their sense of smell.
This book definitely has much useful information on sinusitis from a highly reputable source. It is a great reference book for sinus sufferers.
Chris Martin, author of Having Nasal Surgery? Don't You Become An Empty Nose Victim!
The recommended salt usage for nasal wash is a bit high. Some prefer it that high, I recommend doing Internet research and trying less salt at first, ESPECIALLY if you notice a stinging sensation. Never, ever try to force water through a clogged nose!!
The explanation of Zicam in the book is not quite correct. Zicam is *marketed* as homeopathy, but it is not really homeopathic; it actually contains Zinc. Homeopathy is just water.
Also, I was told Atrovent (in that form) was taken off the market.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book helped me resolve continuing YEARS of sinusitis issues. Very informative and helpful.Published 22 months ago by Di
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Save your money. This book has not been revised in years. Its my fault that I didn't check out the publication date but I wonder how Harvard feels that this is still being... Read morePublished on May 17, 2013 by Bebop