As we move closer to holiday months, a number of images come to mind. The crisp afternoon breeze, colorful leaves, pumpkin carving, and various holiday functions are some of the pluses we get to look forward to. However, while we not-so-patiently await these engagements, let’s also stay mindful of our health in these exciting moments.
You know that stuffy-feeling that seems to conveniently throw off our big weekend plans year after year? So do we. Nasal congestion and sinus pressure don’t discriminate. In fact, in 2014 the CDC reported 29.4 million adults have been diagnosed with sinusitis, and that is in the U.S. alone. Below we’ve included some tips to keep you on top of your health this fall, and allow you to breathe freely again.
When you’re stuck inside on that flurry December day, the heated indoor air dries out the membrane in your nose. When this occurs, mucus dries up, making it thicker and more likely to clog your sinuses. We suggest getting a cool-mist humidifier for your bedroom and letting it operate while you’re running the heat.This will create moisture and should help relieve the pain and pressure significantly.
Water can be used manipulated greatly to assist your sinus problems.There are a number of ways in which water can serve as a proponent for healthy living:
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Consuming water will thin out your mucus build-up and flush other toxins out.
- Take a warm shower.
- This can be replicated by covering your face with a warm wash cloth and taking deep-relaxed breaths. The moisture should alleviate some pressure and open up spaces in your sinuses.
- Wash your hands.
- Viruses and bacteria are the most common causes of sinus infection. Keeping a good hygiene will do you and everyone else a favor, by preventing the spread of an infection.
Getting a good night’s rest can feel like labor when troubled with sinus pressure. Although, there are ways to counteract these problems and wake up feeling fresher.
- Keep your head propped up.
- Having your head rest at a slight upward angle will decrease blood flow pooling in the nose. When we lay flat, mucus tends to build-up and give us that stuffy morning feeling.
- Cut out the caffeine.
- Sorry coffee people, if you want to get rid of that sinus pressure you may have tone back on the caffeine. Caffeine is a stimulant which provides energy, making it tougher to get the crucial sleep you need. We advise consuming caffeine no later than 2pm if you can’t fight the urge. Caffeine also dehydrates the body, making congestion worse. Switch to herbal teas as a substitute for your caffeine beverages.
If your problems do not subside within a week or so, it may be time to see a doctor. Severe congestion and sinus pain for more than a week could be a sign that you have a sinus infection that requires more aggressive treatment. Seeing an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat doctor) will surely give you the answers you need.
Now that fall is here, you may be noticing some of the damage done to your skin over the summer. City Aesthetics at Totum Health offers a variety of cosmetic skin procedures to help reinvigorate and repair the damage done to your skin after a long summer. All procedures are performed by Double Board Certified, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Dara Liotta, MD.
One of the most popular ways to improve your skin is through a simple procedure known as a chemical peel. The chemical solution is used to smoothen the outer layer of your skin by removing the outer damaged layers. It is most commonly used on the face, but this procedure can also be performed on the skin of the neck and hands.
MicroLaserPeel Skin Resurfacing
A MicroLaserPeel is a quick and effective procedure where a beam is scanned over the damaged area of skin which removes a very thin layer on the surface, making the skin change from looking dull to vibrant. The MicroLaserPeel skin procedure can offer better results than chemical peels because they are administered with great precision and depth.
Fractional Laser Resurfacing
Deeper than a MicroLaserPeel, Fractional Laser Resurfacing uses a tiny laser beam to create thousands of pinpoint injuries to your skin. Since only a fraction of the skin is directly treated with the laser, the surrounding untreated tissue promotes rapid healing to treated areas.
Broadband Light (BBL)
BBL is an effective treatment for brown spots caused by age or the sun. While using highly specialized filtered light, BBL targets specific skin lesions, while minimizing trauma to the surrounding skin. We offer different filters that target specific skin conditions and concerns. After the treatment, pigmented spots will become darker and flake off within 2 weeks.
It’s always important to make sure you’re taking the best care of your skin, especially after being exposed to sunlight.
If you have more questions about what you can do to repair or maintain healthier skin or would like to schedule an appointment to receive one of our top skin procedures, please contact us at (212) 288-2222 or visit http://livetotum.com/contact/appointment-request/ to schedule a consultation with Dr. Liotta.
Spirox Latera Device to Help Nasal Breathing – it’s like a Breathe Rite Strip Inside the Nose!
Spirox Latera is a dissolvable implant that is placed inside the nasal tissue to strengthen the nasal walls. It really helps breathing. And an NFL player just had it done!
Totum Health has been chosen to be one of the first Ear, Nose and Throat medical groups to offer Spirox Latera. We’ll provide you with more information as we receive it.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Spirox Announces First US Cases with Minimally Invasive Device for Lateral Cartilage Support in Patients with Nasal Valve Collapse, a Major Cause of Nasal Obstruction
MENLO PARK, Calif. – July 14, 2016 – SpiroxTM, Inc., a company committed to transforming treatment of nasal obstruction, today announced the first US cases with the LATERA Absorbable Nasal Implant following its FDA clearance. LATERA provides ENTs and facial plastic surgeons with a new minimally invasive option to support the upper and lower lateral nasal cartilages. Weak lateral cartilage can result in nasal valve collapse, an important, but often undiagnosed, issue affecting the majority of patients1 undergoing nasal obstruction procedures today.
“Nasal obstruction takes a significant toll on patient quality of life, but is often undertreated and underdiagnosed. If we don’t look for nasal valve collapse in these patients, we’re not addressing the entire problem. By providing an intuitive and effective way to support nasal lateral cartilage, LATERA has the potential to improve breathing for our patients,” said Dean Toriumi, MD, professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and past president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (AAFPRS).
Pablo Stolovitzky, MD, clinical assistant professor at Emory University and past chairman of the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), was among the first physicians to perform a LATERA case in the US. He noted, “LATERA is an important development for nasal obstruction patients when a standard procedure treating the septum and turbinates is often not enough. LATERA provides us with a minimally-invasive solution to support nasal lateral cartilage. I was able to place the implant on my first attempt, and I expect that the physician learning curve will be short.”
Prior to these US cases, a multi-center clinical study conducted in Germany showed that patients that received a LATERA implant alone experienced a reduction in nasal obstruction symptoms at one year, with results in the range of more invasive techniques and without a cosmetic downside.
“We have worked with physician leaders to find a solution to a major clinical need. The research and development behind the innovation is complex, but the technique is elegant and intuitive,” said Duke Rohlen, Spirox chief executive officer. “LATERA gives physicians a new option to support lateral cartilage, enabling a more complete means for addressing their patients’ nasal obstruction symptoms.”
About Nasal Airway Obstruction
Nasal airway obstruction can be caused by several factors, including septal deviation, enlarged turbinates, and weakened upper and/or lower lateral nasal wall cartilage leading to nasal valve collapse. The nasal valve contributes as much as 80 percent of total nasal airway resistance, and even minor constriction of this area results in a clinically significant impairment of nasal breathing for the patient.
Nasal valvular incompetence may equal or even exceed septal deviation as the prime cause of nasal airway obstruction.
LATERA is an absorbable polymer implant indicated for supporting the upper and lower lateral nasal cartilage. The minimally invasive technology is intuitive and can be delivered by ENTs or facial plastic surgeons. For a complete list of safety and effectiveness considerations reference the LATERA IFU at www.spiroxmed.com.
ABOUT SPIROX, INC.
Spirox is committed to improving the quality of life for patients suffering from nasal obstruction. The Menlo Park-based company’s first product – the LATERA Absorbable Nasal Implant – is designed to address one of the most common, yet underdiagnosed, causes of nasal obstruction today, nasal valve collapse caused by weakened lateral wall cartilage. For more information, please visit www.spiroxmed.com.
LATERA is available in the US only. Spirox and LATERA and its logos are trademarks of Spirox, Inc.
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It is that time of year again! The physicians and staff of Totum Health would like to invite our patients, family and friends to our beautiful backyard patio for our 7th Annual Art Show.
We will be featuring local artwork from a wide range of mixed media artists. There will be complimentary cocktails and appetizers available during the artshow.
When: Thursday, June 16th at 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Where: Totum Health | 154 East 85th Street | Backyard Patio RSVP: Please call the office at 212-288-2222
Show Off Your Artwork
We encourage our patients, friends and family to contact us directly about showing artwork! Last year our featured artists spots filled up quickly so be sure to contact Kim Diaz at 212-288-2222 to reserve a spot.
As of March 27, prescriptions will no longer be handwritten or called in to the pharmacy. There are some exceptions, such as during disasters or in the event of technological or electrical failures. In those case, prescriptions can be handwritten but only on an official New York State prescription form.
All prescriptions written in New York must now be transmitted electronically from the prescriber to the pharmacy, as part of the state’s I-STOP initiative (Internet System for Tracking Over Prescribing. Its aim is to stem the flow of legal drugs into illicit markets.
WHAT IS AN ELECTRONIC PRESCRIPTION?
A prescription signed and transmitted directly to a pharmacy from the point of care through a secure e-prescribing tool or electronic health record system.
WHAT IT’S NOT
- A prescription sent to a pharmacy in an email
- A prescription that’s faxed to a pharmacy from a computer (e-fax)
- A prescription written on a computer, printed and hand-delivered to the pharmacy
DOES I-STOP MANDATE ANYTHING OTHER THAN ELECTRONIC PRESCRIBING?
In brief, I-STOP requires a prescriber to consult the State’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PMP) database prior to prescribing or dispensing a controlled substance, it reclassified a number of controlled substances, it created the Prescription Pain Medication Awareness Program and it mandated the DOH to establish a consumer program for the safe disposal of controlled substances.
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Spring is less than two weeks away, but temperatures are already spring like, and this weekend we will spring forward by turning our clocks ahead one hour.
As CBS2’s Elise Finch reported, experts say the change of season makes some people sick, but there are things you can do to protect yourself.
With longer days, warmer temperatures, and budding plants spring is the season that some people wait all year for.
Totum Health Founder, Lisa A. Liberatore, MD discusses the big consequence the small loss of sleep may have and how you can take action to prevent it!
With winter weather and cold temperatures right around the corner, it’s important to know how to protect your skin during harsh conditions. Make sure you’re winter-ready by learning these three easy ways to prepare your skin for cold weather.
Join Us for an All Day Laser Event
On February 18, 2016 City Aesthetics will be hosting an exclusive All Day Laser Event, however appointment times are limited. Experience Laser Resurfacing, Forever Young BBL, SkinTytening and Brown Spot Removal for the face and hands. If you, a loved one or a group of friends are interested, please call the office at 212-288-2222 to RSVP or learn more.
All services performed during the event will be 20% off regular prices.
When: February 18, 2016 | 10:00am – 5:30pm
Where: Totum Health – 154 East 85th Street NY, NY 10028
RSVP: Appointment times are for this event are first come, first serve. Please call 212-288-2222 to reserve your space.