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Asthma and absences: helpful advice for back-to-school
Exposure to allergic triggers as well as poor air quality can contribute to the onset of asthma symptoms. A natural approach to reducing exposure can help children with asthma avoid symptoms that could interfere with school.
By: Nanci Schwartz
Asthma, a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways, is the most common chronic illness resulting in school absence, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control says more than 10 million school days were missed in 2008 due to asthma.
Medication may be prescribed to help relieve symptoms; but they can come with side effects such as headaches, upset stomach, skin rashes and sore throat which can also interfere with a child’s performance in school.
“Allergic triggers often can aggravate asthma symptoms leading to difficulty breathing, wheezing, coughing and tightness in the chest,” said asthma, sinus and allergy specialist Ed Neuzil, ARNP, PhD and founder of Dr. Neuzil’s Irrigator nasal cleansing spray (http://www.IrrigatorNasalSpray.com). “If children can try to remove the triggers by simply rinsing their nasal passages, it can help.”
Those triggers may include airborne irritants such as:
• Tobacco smoke
• Mold spores
• Pet dander
• Cockroach feces
A saline-based rinse can rid the nasal passages of the irritants that cause discomfort. While Neti pots and sinus rinses can be effective, they can also be messy and inconvenient.
A nasal spray with simple saline and essential oils, like Dr. Neuzil’s Irrigator nasal cleansing spray, will effectively rinse the allergic triggers while leaving the user feeling refreshed and clean.
Its all natural active ingredients will moisturize nasal passages without causing possible side effects like medicated solutions. Best of all, Dr. Neuzil’s Irrigator’s 1 fl.oz. bottle fits easily in a backpack so the child can get relief any time throughout the day. Children four years old and up can use the spray with adult supervision.
The product is currently available for purchase at www.IrrigatorNasalSpray.com as well as in more than 50 retail outlets in nine states.
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Dr. Neuzil's Irrigator is an herbal-enhanced nasal cleansing spray that helps rinse the nose of dust, pollen, pet dander and other irritants that cause discomfort. It's essential oils moisturize your nasal passages leaving you feeling refreshed.