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Jane's Blog Bye Bye Dry Eyes

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Jane's Blog Bye Bye Dry Eyes

Dry eye is one of the most common conditions diagnosed by eye doctors, and is characterized by inflammation of the mucous membranes of the eye and dryness of the eye's corneal surface. This can happen when the eye doesn't produce enough tears to keep its exposed surface moist. If the cornea dries out, it can ulcerate (break down and become scratched), giving bacteria, viruses, and other harmful organisms tiny hiding places in which to multiply. There are also good bacteria that support eye health. Only recently have scientists concluded that the eye does, indeed, harbor a "core" microbiome. In 2016...

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Jane’s Blog Sinus Infections

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Jane’s Blog Sinus Infections

According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “Antibiotic resistance is a growing problem, both in the United States and across the world. The main driving factors behind antibiotic resistance are the overuse and misuse of antibiotics. Colds, flu, most sore throats, bronchitis, and many sinus and ear infections are caused by viruses. Antibiotics do not help fight viruses and for the overwhelming majority of common respiratory infections, antibiotics are not helpful.” The CDC also states 1. Taking antibiotics increases your risk of getting an antibiotic-resistant infection later. 2. Antibiotics kill the healthy bacteria in the gut,...

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