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Person SneezingAccording to My Fox LA  an asthma drug approved for teens and adults nearly eliminated seasonal increases in asthma attacks and asthma symptoms among children living in inner-city environments, according to research released Thursday by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Those children who received injections of Xolair had a 75 percent reduction in hospitalizations, according to the study that was published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine. The drug also lowered the proportion who had serious attacks from 49 percent to 30 percent and it nearly eliminated seasonal increases of allergy and asthma attacks.

Allergy and asthma attacks are more likely in the spring and fall, when they are typically more allergens in the air and respiratory viruses. Controlling allergy attacks can help control asthma and other respiratory illnesses.

Adults with breathing problems that are not diagnosed as asthma are sometimes dealing with a blockage on the inside of their nose. It is not unusual for Dr. O’Toole to consult with  patients considering rhinoplasty who have experienced trouble breathing and as a result are considering nose surgery. It is important that patients understand that a rhinoplasty is cosmetic in nature, if the goal is to change the shape of the nose. Often, when a patient is having cosmetic rhinoplasty Dr. O’Toole is also able to take care of issues that may be causing blockage and breathing difficulties. Insurance does not cover the cost of cosmetic rhinoplasty.


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