Monday, June 29, 2009

Health Tips for June 29

Health Tip: Reasons for Adenoid Removal

Adenoids are glands that are found between the airway and the back of the throat. When the adenoids are removed, the procedure is called adenoidectomy.

Adenoidectomy is most often performed on children, and rarely on adults. The U.S. National Library of Medicine offers this list of reasons for why a child might need an adenoidectomy:

  • Difficulty breathing through the nose because of enlarged adenoids.
  • Frequent snoring.
  • Sleep apnea.
  • Recurrent ear infections that affect attendance at school or occur five times or more per year.
  • Frequent tonsillitis infections.

Health Tip: Is LASIK Right for You?

LASIK surgery is performed on the eyes to improve vision, often reducing the need for glasses or contact lenses.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine, in cooperation with the American Academy of Ophthalmology, lists these guidelines for the ideal LASIK candidate:

  • Being at least 18 years old. But, in some cases, young children with one very nearsighted eye and one normal eye may benefit from LASIK.
  • Women should not be pregnant or nursing.
  • Having healthy eyes with vision prescriptions that are relatively stable.
  • Candidates should not be taking certain prescription drugs, including Accutane or oral prednisone.
  • Being in overall good health, without chronic conditions such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, glaucoma, herpes eye infections, or cataracts.
  • Being unsatisfied with wearing glasses or contacts.
  • Having realistic expectations of the surgery and results.

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