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Allergies: The Unbearable Sniffing, Sneezing and Drainage

My name is Marilyn Baker, and I have horrible allergies. I’m 42 years old and have been suffering from allergies since I was a child. I have seasonal and environmental allergies. Allergies plague me year round. When I was young, my parents even moved to a dryer area in the hope of helping me. Over the past eight years, I have done extensive research both through doctors and online. I have managed to come up with some combinations that have helped me a great deal. My allergies aren’t gone, but they have become manageable. I do have to have allergy shots, but I also use some natural remedies. I am happy to be able to share my findings with you here on my blog. I hope you can find some of this of value.

Allergies: The Unbearable Sniffing, Sneezing and Drainage

What's Causing Your Elbow Pain?

by Clifton Davidson

Your elbows tend to be joints you don't really think about until they're suddenly causing you pain. When you do develop elbow pain, simple tasks like driving and cutting your food become a burden. So, it is important to get to the bottom of what's causing your elbow pain so that you can treat it. Here's a look at some of the most common causes of elbow pain.

Tennis Elbow

Tennis elbow is a condition in which the tendons on the outside of your elbow joint become irritated and inflamed. You may notice not only pain but stiffness when you bend your elbow. This pain may subside when you rest, but it pops up again once you start using your elbow more.

Tennis elbow is caused by repetitive motions. It doesn't just happen to tennis players — it can affect carpenters, ping pong players, and anyone else who does repetitive motions with their arms. Treatment generally includes taking several weeks off from the activity that caused the tendon irritation. You may need to wear a brace, too. Once you're recovered, physical therapy to strengthen the muscles around your elbow can help keep tennis elbow from reoccurring.

Cubital Tunnel Syndrome

A nerve called the ulnar nerve runs along the inside of your elbow. If the tissues around this nerve become inflamed, they can press on the nerve, leading to symptoms including elbow pain, tingling in the wrist and arm, and numbness in your fingers. 

Cubital tunnel syndrome is common in people who lean on their arms all day, and in those who hold a phone in their hand for extended periods. If you take a break from these behaviors, the symptoms may subside. However, more severe cases may require cortisone injections for treatment. Cortisone will relieve the inflammation, taking pressure off the ulnar nerve.


A bursa is a fluid-filled sac that helps cushion a joint. You have a bursa near the tip of each elbow. If the pain isolated towards the tip of your elbow, and if you've also noticed this area is swollen, then you probably have bursitis. It can occur due to trauma to the elbow, such as if you land on your elbow after tripping. It can also happen from prolonged pressure of your elbow against a tabletop. 

To treat bursitis, your doctor may remove some of the extra fluid from your bursa, using a long needle. They may also prescribe anti-inflammatory medications. Remembering not to put pressure on your elbow will encourage your bursa to heal over time.

Elbow pain can be a nuisance, but most causes are easy to manage. Talk to a doctor to learn more.