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TikTok Riddled With Misleading Info on Health: Study

Young people researching health topics on TikTok will find an alarming amount of misinformation on the platform, a new study says.

About 44% of TikTok videos related to sinusitis contained non-factual information, researchers reported recently in the journal

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  • April 25, 2024
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  • Is It Allergies or Sinusitis? Many Folks Are Misdiagnosed

    What if you'd been treated for years for a condition, only to find out that you'd long ago been misdiagnosed?

    That's what's happening to a sizable number of Americans who are taking allergy meds (to little effect) when in fact they have chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS), a new study contends.

    "We have seen so many patients suffer for so long due to the confusion between allergies and CRS...

    What Is Chronic Sinusitis, and How Is it Treated?

    Stuffy, sneezing, miserable: folks plagued by chronic sinusitis know the feeling all too well.

    Experts at University of Cincinnati Health say it's also an all-too-common affliction, affecting an estimated 14.6% of Americans.

    What is chronic sinusitis?

    The sinuses are air-filled spaces in the skull at the back of the face, and they rely on mucus to stay moist a...

    Nasal Swab for Bacteria Might Slash Antibiotic Prescribing in Kids

    Testing children with a suspected sinus infection for three common bacteria might cut unnecessary antibiotic prescribing, a new study suggests.

    Only half of kids with sinusitis -- inflammation or swelling of the sinuses -- show any improvement with antibiotics, which target bacterial infections, not viral infections, the researchers note.

    "When a child comes in with a sore thro...

    Pot Users Are Less Prone to Sinus Problems

    Could smoking pot somehow help keep sinus problems at bay?

    It's possible, suggests a new study that found people who use marijuana may experience fewer bouts of congestion, sneezing and sinus pain than th...

    Just How Safe Are Neti Pots?

    When your sinuses are clogged, you will try anything to ease the congestion: neti pots, bulb syringes, squeeze bottles and even battery-operated pulsed water devices.

    But improper use of these nasal irrigation devices can put you at risk for infection, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration expert warns.

    The products, which treat congested sinuses, colds and allergies, are safe and eff...

    Smoggy Air Might Help Spur Sinusitis

    Air pollution could cause sinus misery, new research suggests.

    Specifically, tiny particulate air pollution (known as PM2.5) could contribute to chronic rhinosinusitis, a condition in which the sinuses get infected or irritated, become swollen, are severely congested and secrete mucus into the throat for 12 weeks or more.

    "To our knowledge, this is the first study to report that lon...

    Could Chronic Sinusitis Affect Brain Health?

    As if the headaches and stuffy nose aren't bad enough, chronic sinus trouble often leaves patients foggy-headed and depressed. Now, new research suggests one possible reason why: Sinusitis may trigger changes in brain activity.

    "Chronic sinusitis is incredibly common," said study lead author Dr. Aria Jafari. Upwards of 11% of all Americans are affected, added Jafari, an assistant profess...

    Had Sinus Surgery? Better Skip Nasal Swab COVID Test

    If you've had major sinus or skull base surgery, you should talk with your ear, nose and throat doctor before getting a COVID-19 nasal swab test, researchers advise.

    It's also crucial for health workers performing swab testing to ask whether the patient has had extensive sinus or skull base surgery, said Dr. Philip Chen, an associate professor of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at th...

    Spring Allergies Are Near, Here's What Works to Fight Them

    For millions of Americans, sneezing, coughing, runny noses, itchy eyes and congestion are sure signs that spring is on the way.

    The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) has advice for coping with these classic hay fever symptoms. It recently published a guideline for health care providers caring for patients with these dreaded seasonal allergies.

    "The guideline...

    Sinus Infection? 'Good' Germs in Your Nose May Be Key

    If you constantly battle sinus infections, low levels of good bacteria in your nose may be to blame, new research suggests.

    Previous research has shown that health-protecting strains of bacteria reside in your digestive system, genital tract and on your skin.

    In this study, researchers found that people with chronic nasal and sinus inflammation had lower numbers of beneficia...

    Got Flu? Deal Quickly With Complications

    Fighting the flu can be an unpleasant experience -- but the misery may not stop there.

    When you have the flu, your immune system is under attack, making complications common. Other infections can weasel their way into your body, according to Libby Richards, an associate professor at Purdue University's School of Nursing in West Lafayette, Ind.

    Common complications include ...

    Sinus Infections:  What You Need to Know

    Along with the flu, this is the time of year for sinus infections with their make-you-miserable stuffy, runny noses and blocked ears.

    Most sinus infections are caused by viruses, but bacteria can also be to blame, according to Dr. Jessica Grayson, an assistant professor of otolaryngology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

    "When people say they have sinus pressure, t...

    FDA Approves First Drug for Sinusitis With Nasal Polyps

    In what specialists say could be a turning point in care, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the first drug to treat chronic sinusitis that involves the growth of polyps within the sinuses.

    Dupixent (dupilumab) is given by injection every two weeks. It was approved to treat patients with nasal polyps and chronic rhinosinusitis -- defined as a prolonged inflamm...