Nasal congestion, whether from the common cold or flu, or chronic allergies, can be the most annoying symptom for many people. A runny nose is usually treated with over the counter nasal sprays such as oxymetazoline (Afrin), which works well for up to half a day; this medicine is good for 3-5 days maximum.… Read the rest
A child’s fever is one of the most common reasons for doctor visits. There are only a couple of medicines that are safe for infants; ibuprofen (aka Motrin) and acetaminophen (aka Tylenol, paracetamol). Which one works best?
Recent studies show that ibuprofen 10mg/kg is slightly better than acetaminophen 10mg/kg in terms of more rapid effectiveness, as well as lasting a bit longer (over 6 hours).… Read the rest
My father was a lively, warm hearted man. He was also an alcoholic, and he died far too early of advanced alcoholic cirrhosis (complete liver collapse). I see alcoholism as a big issue not only in my life but also, unfortunately, for a lot of expats and their families.… Read the rest
Everyone is familiar with the dreaded jet lag, that groggy feeling you can get for days after a long flight as your body adjusts to its new time zone. And everyone also has their own home remedies. But which remedies really work?… Read the rest
The summer always brings a lot of stomach infections, but fortunately there are a lot of easy ways to treat it — without a visit to the doctor. Below is a slide show on gastroenteritis: the symptoms, treatment, and prevention. It is the compliment slide show to my Illness article on gastro.… Read the rest
Hayfever is the common term for allergic rhinitis. I see this in my clinic all spring, and at other times of year as well. There are a lot of over the counter medicines you can use for this, but in late April with all the Beijing trees shedding like a snowstorm, make sure you have the medicines at home or in your travel kit!… Read the rest