Treating Sinus Problems
Don’t rush to antibiotics

The sinuses are small, hollow spaces inside the head. They drain into the nose. The sinuses often cause problems after a cold. They can also cause problems if they get blocked up from hay fever and other allergies. The medical name for sinus problems is sinusitis.

Sinus problems can be very uncomfortable. You may feel stuffed up. You may have yellow, green, or gray mucus. And you may feel pain or pressure around your eyes, cheeks, forehead, or teeth.

Each year, millions of people use antibiotic drugs to treat sinus problems. However, they usually do not need antibiotics.  Learn why by visiting Choosing Wisely.

 


Consumer Reports Choosing Wisely Program Partnership

VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice is proud to be the only home healthcare agency in the nation to partner with Consumer Reports’ national “Choosing Wisely” campaign – whose goal is to inform physicians and patients about the latest research on medical tests and procedures that are often used – but may not be necessary, or may in fact be harmful. We distribute plain language patient education brochures, articles, posters and public service announcements developed by Consumer Reports Health that help patients talk with their doctors about whether tests and treatments are necessary. Click here to access our partner micro website.

 


 

Avoid Opioids for Most Long-Term Pain: Advice from experts

Opioids have been in the news a lot lately. To help you make sense of them, we’ve provided links with expert advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, doctors’ groups, and Consumer Reports Best Buy Drugs.

Click here to download a helpful guide that explains opioid usage and risks.

Click here to download a rack card that addresses opioid usage. 

VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice is a proud partner of Consumer Report’s Choosing Wisely Program, part of the ABIM Foundation. We are committed to providing patient and family caregivers helpful and timely health information.  If you have any questions or would like additional information about Choosing Wisely visit: http://www.choosingwisely.org/

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