• Consumer Health: Treating acute sinusitis

a young man sitting on a couch blowing his nose, with a cold, sinus allergies or a flu bugAcute sinusitis: Do over-the-counter treatments help?
Most people with acute sinusitis get better without antibiotics. Over-the-counter pain relievers and decongestants may relieve facial pain and sinus congestion, and there are a number of home remedies that may be helpful, as well. Learn more from Dr. James Li, a Mayo Clinic allergist and immunologist.


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Understanding stuttering
International Stuttering Awareness Day will be observed on Monday, Oct. 22. Stuttering, also called stammering or childhood-onset fluency disorder, is a speech disorder that involves frequent and significant problems with normal fluency and flow of speech. People who stutter know what they want to say but have difficulty saying it. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of stuttering, and when to see a health care provider or speech-language pathologist.

Gallbladder cleanse: A natural remedy for gallstones?
A gallbladder cleanse, also called a gallbladder flush or a liver flush, is an alternative remedy for ridding the body of gallstones. Advocates of gallbladder cleansing claim that the treatment helps break up gallstones. However, there is no scientific evidence that a gallbladder cleanse can prevent or treat gallstones or any other disease. Learn more from Dr. Michael Picco, a Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist.

Calcium supplements and blood pressure medications
If you take blood pressure medications and calcium supplements, you may need to ask your health care provider about interactions. In large amounts, calcium supplements may interact with some blood pressure medications, specifically thiazide diuretics and calcium channel blockers. Calcium supplements don't appear to interact with other commonly prescribed blood pressure medications, though. Learn more from Dr. Sheldon Sheps, an emeritus Mayo Clinic hypertension and peripheral vascular diseases specialist.

Why isn't there a hepatitis C vaccine?
Efforts to develop a hepatitis C vaccine started more than 25 years ago when the hepatitis C virus was identified. Since then, researchers have studied more than 20 potential vaccines in animals. A few of these vaccines, developed mainly over the past decade, have undergone limited human testing. Learn more from Dr. Jerry Swanson, a Mayo Clinic neurologist.

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