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Treating Sinusitis
by Jana74 » Wed Sep 28, 2016 8:44 am

Treating Sinusitis - Wildfires and Record Pollen Levels Create Agony for Sinusitis Sufferers

Mother Nature has been treacherous the past few weeks, especially if you have sinus problems. Cities across the nation are coated with a choking haze of pollen. Wildfires in the South and the West have blanketed those regions with thick, smothering smoke. On a good air quality day, an estimated 38 million plus Americans suffer from sinusitis, or inflammation of the sinuses that can cause excruciating pain, pressure and a seemingly endless stream of thick post-nasal drip. So toss a steady stream of air pollution into the mix and not only does the agony intensify for those who already have sinusitis, but even people who are normally 'healthy' wind up with ear, nose and throat problems.

Among Those Approaches, Learning What Foods can Help Heal Sinus Disease-and Which to Avoid

For example, alcohol, chocolate and dairy products are among those Dr. Grossan recommends avoiding. He also says cold drinks are the number one culprit for turning minor postnasal drip into a major sinus headache. "No matter what you drink, do not drink it cold," says Dr. Grossan. "However, sipping hot drinks, such as hot tea can help drain your sinuses and allow you to breathe easier."

Dr. Grossan hopes to show people how to treat sinus disease through a "treat the whole person" approach that avoids the overuse of antibiotics. In fact, overuse is such a problem that up to one-fifth of prescriptions for adults is written for a drug to treat sinusitis according to researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. :lol:

Because so many symptoms can be triggered by air contaminants, "The Sinus Cure" devotes an entire chapter to air quality and urges people to be cautious when faced with pollution issues. "Most people with sinusitis or asthma know that pollen and smoke- like we have covering parts of the country right now- can exacerbate their problems," says Dr. Grossan. "Even if you don't have an existing sinus or respiratory issue, you should avoid exposure to air pollutants. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take for relief, including nasal irrigation to literally keep your nose clean, and help the tiny hairs inside your nose called 'cilia' do their job-filter the air you breathe. Putting a HEPA room-sized air filter in your bedroom can also work wonders." :D.

"Sinusitis and Allergies are Worse Today Than Before the Antibiotic Age," Says Dr

Grossan. "Many patients believe antibiotics are the only remedy to cure their sinus problems but they're wrong. My new patients come to me having had the latest antibiotics, yet they're still sick and they depend on us for relief. This has forced us to develop some innovative approaches to curing sinusitis." The information available on Inflammation Sinuses is infinite. There just seems to be so much to learn about, and to write about on Inflammation Sinuses.

"Most People Simply Don't See Their Doctor for a Runny Nose," Says Dr

Grossan. "But if they have persistent 'brain fog' affecting the ability to think clearly, hoarseness, post-nasal drip, or sinus pressure that lasts for weeks, that's a big red flag alerting them that it's time to see a doctor. You can't just write it off as a cold; especially in children because it can lead to bronchial problems and asthma." The completion of this article on Sinus Pressure was our prerogative since the past one month. However, we completed it within a matter of fifteen days! :o.

Enter Dr. Murray Grossan, a board certified ear, nose and throat specialist and author of "The Sinus Cure: 7 Simple Steps to Relieve Sinusitis and Other Ear, Nose, and Throat Conditions" (Ballantine Books, . Dr. Grossan has been treating sinusitis sufferers for more than 40 years and he's seen patients in utter agony because of the debilitating pain induced by sinus disease. While a perennial runny nose from sinusitis may seem like a minor ailment, left untreated it can lead to serious illness such as meningitis- an infection of the brain, and in some rare cases blood clots can form in veins around the sinus and affect the brain like a stroke. This can be considered to be a valuable article on Sinusitis. It is because there is so much to learn about Sinusitis here.

Most of us, not to say all of us, at one time or another have dealt with some sinus problem. It could have been sinus: pressure, congestion, sinusitis, excessive drainage or whatever. Since it went away or was treated successfully and did not recur often enough we do not pay much attention to it. On the other hand, others of us who have had to contend with the same sinus problems, but as an ongoing ailment that has become annoying, time consuming and expensive. But now we are cured and we do not wish to ever go back to our former misery. Is there anything we can do to keep our sinuses healthy?

Physical Exercise

For several decades now the importance of physical exercise to maintain good health has been widely accepted, usually as a way to reduce the risk of heart disease. But the same, basically, applies to the sinuses. General good health, which is promoted by exercise, helps the immune system work better, eg., to fight viruses that want to lodge in the sinuses, and other potential ailments; and make a person feel better in general. It was at the spur of the moment that we ventured to write something about Sinusitis. Such is the amount of matter that is available on Sinusitis.

The Answer to this Question is a Resounding Yes, We can

We must, however, remember certain things. The most important one of which is that health, whether it be with reference to our sinuses, or health in general is not something that just happens or we inherit, but something we need to work at on a regular basis. Our eating, physical exercise, relaxation and sleep habitsare the main areas of our lifestyle which, depending on how we relate to them are going to determine, to a great extent, how healthy we are going to be. Sinus problems are usually an indication that we are violating some healthy living rule(s). In other words, if we want to keep our sinuses healthy we are going to have to maintain a life style which conforms to something like this:

Eating We need to understand that food has more to do with keeping healthy than perhaps many of us realized. Large amounts of sugar are bad for us. So are dairy products. The combinations of both of them, for example, milk shakes, ice cream, are, obviously, a very sure formula for inviting sinus and possibly other health problems. Very small amounts very likely would not make much difference, at least, that's the way it is with me. :oops:

Relaxation Both physical, mental and emotional relaxation are necessary to keep the body and mind healthy. It is not, therefore, a waste of time to take time off everyday and deliberately change activities to do things that do not create stress, but that we enjoy and that takes the mind completely away from our regular work.

We can continue to think of sinus pressure, sinus headache, etc., as things of the past and continue to enjoy our new found freedom from these and other sinus problems as we live lifestyles that are conducive to good general and sinus health.

Imagine yourself not being able to appreciate the beauty of a new day'and being cranky enough not to get on well with your workmates' good-natured conversations'or not being able to join a special friend in a date --- All because of sinusitis!

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There are different degrees of sinusitis, with different causes ' acute sinusitis is often caused by viral or bacterial infections of the nose, throat, and upper respiratory tract, or from an underlying dental infection. Chronic sinusitis may be caused by growth inside the nose, injuries to nasal bones, smoking and other irritating fumes and smells. Meanwhile, allergic sinusitis can be caused by hay fever, food allergies or poor eating habits. :evil:

For overall immune function Echinacea, goldenseal, germanium and garlic can be helpful, Check out some health food stores that sell these pre-made herbal sinus preparations.


Botanical medicines for sinus problems may also be taken like bromelain (250-500mg between meals). Effective herbs to clear sinuses include: comfrey/fenugreek compresses; fenugreek/thyme tea; ephedra tea as bronchodilator; lobelia extract, and horseradish. You may also try purple coneflower, elder flowers and poke root.

Try Linda Rector Page's 3-Day Mucus Cleansing Liquid Diet in Healthy Living

A short water fast or a very light diet ' involving fruit and vegetable broth may also apply to you, as per recommendation of Burton Golberg Group in Alternative Medicine. There is sure to be a grin on your face once you get to read this article on Sinusitis Medicines. This is because you are sure to realize that all this matter is so obvious, you wonder how come you never got to know about it!

But, it may only take proper understanding of what sinusitis is and how it is caused to chart up the right nourishment and other healthy exercises for you to end your misery. It would be hopeless trying to get people who are not interested in knowing more about Allergic Sinusitis to read articles pertaining to it. Only people interested in Allergic Sinusitis will enjoy this article.

Re: Treating Sinusitis
by Jana74 » Wed Sep 28, 2016 8:49 am

Sinusitis - Recurring Sinus Infection - an Explanation?

As part of our efforts to chronicle the experiences of sinusitis sufferers, a gentleman named Carlton contributed a 'Sinusitis Treatment Success' story.

He pointed out a study conducted by the Mayo clinic and the University of Buffalo addressing the issue of recurring sinus infection. It states that "chronic sinusitis is an immune disorder caused by fungus." You will learn the gravity of Sinus once you are through reading this matter. Sinus are very important, so learn its importance.

I'll Let You Know How It Goes, but So Far, I Feel Much Better

Carlton' Huge Implications in the Study Results There are huge implications in this study for those who suffer from recurring sinus infection. This work could lead to treatments that treat the root cause of the problem for the first time. People have an inclination of bragging on the knowledge they have on any particular project. However, we don't want to brag on what we know on Sinusitis Treatment, so long as it proves useful to you, we are happy.

Asked Carlton in a follow-up email if he had tested positive for fungi in previous allergy tests, and here is his response: 'Hello Walt:



Another article in the Health Solutions Newsletter of Sept 2005 also referred to the Mayo Clinic/U. of Buffalo study and adds further clarification. Their article was entitled 'Mayo Clinic Announces Startling New Sinus Discovery' We have gone through extensive research and reading to produce this article on Sinus Infection. Use the information wisely so that the information will be properly used.

'Jens Panikau, sinus researcher at Mayo Clinic, has published a new finding that explains why sinus disease persists despite so many new drugs. Dr Panikau found that the main cause of sinus infection symptoms: an overview the eosinophiles ' your special cells that defend your body against infection, - get into the mucus and produce a toxic product called MBP that is made in order to kill bacteria. Unfortunately, among sinus sufferers, there is an excess of this MBP in the mucus that also damages the cells of the nose and impairs its ability to sweep bacteria out of the nose. Dr Panikau shows that it is the MBP that makes the patient sick, with fever, pain, fatigue, and secondary infections.' Nothing abusive about Nasal Irrigation have been intentionally added here. Whatever it is that we have added, is all informative and productive to you.

Had 2 Different Allergy Tests, Both Negative

The Mayo/U. of Buffalo research says this is not an allergic reaction like a pollen allergy, so it wouldn't show up in an allergy test. It's an over reaction to fungus by T-cells that damage the sinus lining and gives bacteria a place to grow. Most people have no reaction, but most people with chronic sinusitis do. Apparently there is a test, but ENT's are skeptical. Mine said the fungus idea was false and suggested surgery. If I was cynical, I might think his opinion was because there's no surgical solution. If you find anything extra mentioning about Chronic Sinusitis, do inform us. It is only through the exchange of views and information will we learn more about Chronic Sinusitis. :o.

Hopefully the follow-on work of the Mayo Clinic and University of Buffalo will identify antifungal treatments that can finally go after the root cause of recurring sinus infection. Sinus sufferers should be aware of these research efforts and be ready to discuss these findings with their ENT specialists. Maybe serious help is finally on the way.

Regarding Surgery, Dr

Josephson was a pioneer in the procedure called FESS (Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery) which is now considered state of the art. This procedure uses an endoscope for both a diagnosis as well as during the surgical procedure. This gives the surgeon an excellent view of the area being worked on, and thus there is less bleeding, more accuracy, and packing is rarely necessary, which is very important. He says many of his patients simply go home and go to work the next day. I would have liked him to comment about endoscopic surgery using lasers as well, but he didn't make mention of that technique. People have told me that this laser procedure worked exceptionally well for them. Dr. Josephson is obviously totally committed to FESS, however, and with the micro tools he uses, he apparently is able to keep bleeding and pain levels low for patients, as is the case for endoscopic laser surgery. He also makes no comments about a new surgical procedure called sinuplasty, which is similar in concept to angioplasty. I would certainly like to hear his opinion of that new procedure.

There has been a lot of progress made in the treatment of sinusitis in the past 5-10 years, and Dr. Josephson's book puts it together and brings us up to date. 'Sinus Relief Now' is certainly a great reference for anyone with CAID problems. There are descriptions of just about every medication used in any of the treatments, both prescription and OTC. I learned several things I didn't know before. For example, I didn't know that antihistimines are only effective against allergies. I thought they would simply prevent excess mucus forming in any case. Also, Dr. Josephson feels that decongestants should not be used long term but only for a week at a time as he believes they can cause problems if used for long periods. In general the book is almost a reference work for any type of respiratory or digestive condition. All sinus sufferers would do well to read 'Sinusitis relief Now' and then to refer to it any time problems come up. It is the best sinus book I've ever read. :idea:

He emphasizes that eating the right foods can make a big difference, but he isn't totally dogmatic about it. I was turned off once by another book in which the author stated that one must simply give up certain foods if they wanted to get over sinusitis, and these included cheese, chocolate, wine and all other alcoholic beverages, among other things. For a person like me who lived for several years in France, this would be unbearable. I might mention that for a French person it would be unthinkable. We do hope that you find the information here something worth recommending others to read and think about once you complete reading all there is about Sinuses. :)

Clean Up Your Environment

Be vigilant about food choices Take your medication (i.e., take the entire prescription) Embrace life-altering changes and enjoy your health. What we have written here about Chronic Sinus can be considered to be a unique composition on Chronic Sinus. Let's hope you appreciate it being unique.

He wrote at length about new research developments, especially the remarkable work done by Mayo Clinic researchers regarding the effects of fungus on sinusitis. Although the results are still somewhat controversial, this team has shown that an atypical immune response reaction to fungus in certain people to common fungus might be the root cause of sinusitis. The theory is growing in popularity and new topical anti-fungal medications are being developed. It is only if you find some usage for the matter described here on Sinus Surgery that we will feel the efforts put in writing on Sinus Surgery fruitful. So make good usage of it!