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Memory, nebulizer

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July 23rd, 2013

Q. Sometimes when I walk into a room to get something, I completely forget why I went in. Does this mean my memory is slipping?

A. Occasional slips such as forgetting where you put an object or why you entered a room do not necessarily mean you have a memory problem. We all forget now and then (some days more than others). Interestingly enough, researchers at the University of Notre Dame recently found that passing through a doorway sometimes causes a so-called “event boundary” in your brain. Essentially, your brain files your thoughts away from the previous room and sets up a blank slate to prepare for the next location. If, however, your memory slips become more frequent or if you start forgetting the way to familiar places, the names of close friends or family, or important events, see your doctor right away for a memory evaluation.

Q. I got thrush in my throat while using an albuterol nebulizer. Why did this happen? Is it safe to resume treatment while I still have the infection?

A. In some instances, the use of nebulizer machines has been associated with fungal infections (thrush) of the mouth or throat. This condition is usually seen with the use of steroid medications instead of bronchodilators such as albuterol, and that’s why manufacturers typically recommend that you rinse your mouth thoroughly after using inhaled medication. It can happen because some inhaled medications reduce your ability to fight infection. Your health status and other medications you take may also be responsible for this type of infection. See your doctor for treatment (if you haven’t already) and to find out whether or not you should continue your nebulizer treatments while you have a fungal infection.

Joel D. Posner, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Medical Director, Grove

Glen Mills, Pa.

Dr. Posner received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vt., and his medical degree from the University of Montpellier in Montpellier, France. He completed his internship at St. Mary’s Hospital in Montreal, Canada, and his residency at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C. Posner also completed a fellowship in pulmonary medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He is board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary diseases, and geriatrics. Posner joined Maris Grove in June 2009.