Archive for the ‘Respiratory’ Category

Laryngitis, cough, ice pack

July 30, 2009

Vocal cords which become swollen during laryngitis with cough may be relieved by the use of an ice collar made by placing crushed ice in plastic wrap, and attaching it securely to the child’s throat. (Cordtlandt Forum, October, 1989) Copyright 1989 Phylis Austin


Common cold, local hyperthermia

July 30, 2009

Still another study shows that raising the temperature in the nose aids the body in recovering from a cold. Early data suggests that the treatment should be continued for about 30 minutes. Treatments may be repeated at about two hour intervals. (British Medical Journal 298:128, May 13, 1989) Copyright 1989 Phylis Austin

Common cold, hyperthermia

July 30, 2009

Cold sufferers who inhaled hot, humidified air for twenty to thirty minutes reported improvement in their symptoms. (British Medical Journal 298:1280-1283, May 13, 1989) This treatment has no known adverse effects if care is taken not to burn oneself, and may be repeated as often as desired. It is simple to do — merely place a pan of water on the kitchen stove and inhale the escaping steam. Drape a towel over the head and pan to capture the steam if desired. Hot saline nasal irrigations will do the same thing. Use one teaspoon of salt to one pint of water and irrigate with a small ear syringe from the pharmacy. Copyright 1989 Phylis Austin

Household cleaners, pneumonitis

July 26, 2009

Several cases of pneumonitis have been reported in women who combine ammonia and household bleach as cleaning agents. The combination forms chloramine compounds which are much more toxic than bleach or ammonia alone. The women required long periods of hospitalization and suffered a reduction in vital capacity even after treatment was completed. (Medical Times, March 1986, p. 89) Copyright 1986 Phylis Austin

Singing, respiratory problems

July 26, 2009

Patients with respiratory problems may benefit by singing. A 78-year-old woman with blocked pulmonary passages showed increased arterial blood gas levels after singing. Dr. Marc Judson, a fellow in pulmonary medicine at New York University reports that singing uses up to 90 percent of the lungs’ vital capacity. (Medical World News, February 11, 1985, p. 171) Copyright 1985 Phylis Austin

Allergic rhinitis, wheezing, street traffic

July 26, 2009

Elementary school children who live on streets with high traffic areas may suffer increased rates of asthma and/or allergic rhinitis (hay fever). (Annals of Epidemiology 4:243-247, 1994) Copyright 1994 Phylis Austin

Nose drops, upper respiratory infection

July 26, 2009

A group of 74 children, ranging in age from three weeks to two years, seen for upper respiratory tract infection were divided into three groups: one group was given saline nose drops, the second group received medicated nose drops, and the third group no nose drops. On follow-up there were no differences in the three groups. The authors of this study concluded that the use of medicated nose drops was not necessary in the treatment of rhinitis or upper respiratory tract infection. (Helv Paediat Acta 39:341-345, 1984) Copyright 1984 Phylis Austin

Hyperventilation, agoraphobia

July 26, 2009

Hyperventilation (rapid, shallow breathing) may induce acute agoraphobic (fear of going outside) symptoms. Some researchers have effectively treated agoraphobia by training subjects to breathe normally when exposed to stressful situations. (The Lancet 2:655, September 1984)
Copyright 1984 Phylis A. Austin

Respiratory function, obesity

July 6, 2009

Gaining one pound a year as a person ages may significantly reduce respiratory function. A weight gain of nine pounds may reduce respiratory capacity one-half of that which would be produced by cigarette smoking.
Smoking, aging, overweight, and dust exposure are all known to cause a reduction in lung function, but until this study, the significance of weight gain was not apparent. (American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 153:1907-13, 1996) Copyright 1996 Phylis Austin

Aloe and asthma

July 14, 2008

The Japanese have been using aloe vera extracts in the treatment of asthma. Asthma patients were given 5 milliliters of 20 percent extract from fresh aloe vera leaves twice a day. After 24 weeks 40 percent of the patients in the study reported significant improvement. Patients who had previously been dependent on corticosteroid medications were less likely to benefit from the aloe vera. (Alternatives 5(18)138, December 1994; Planta Medica 85:273-5, 1985) Copyright 1995 Phylis Austin