Pulmonary Function Tests (& Peak Flow)

Pulmonary Function Tests (PFTs) tell us how well the lung is working, and also help determine what kind of disease might be present.  We order them for patients with chronic lung symptoms, mainly shortness of breath, and also maybe for cough. PFTs are performed with special equipment in a pulmonary laboratory. Standard PFTs include threeContinue reading “Pulmonary Function Tests (& Peak Flow)”

Germs: Differences Among Them

Germs are formally called microbes, or micro-organisms, which mean “tiny living things you can only see with a microscope.”ย  Most germs are harmless, but some cause disease (Infections).ย  Our noses, and also the entire gastrointestinal tube that runs from mouth and throat to esophagus, stomach, bowel, and rectum, are full of germs.ย  These bacteria onlyContinue reading “Germs: Differences Among Them”

Allergy Medicines

All sorts of medications get sold for allergies, most now over-the-counter.  The following ones are the best: 1.ย  Histamine-2 Receptor Blockers (H2RBs) — Antihistamines that you only have to take one time a day, & don’t make you sleepy.ย  Generic (& some brandยฎ) names include loratadine (Claritenยฎ), cetirizine (Zyrtecยฎ), & fexofenadine (Allegraยฎ).ย  They can beContinue reading “Allergy Medicines”

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