Chronic Sinusitis is a condition that many clients present with during their dental appointments especially as the cold weather sets in. In this blog post, I will explore the reasons why antibiotics do not cure this affliction.
An inflammation of the membranes of the nose and sinus cavity, chronic sinusitis has been increasing in incidence. Common symptoms include: runny nose, nasal congestion, loss of smell and headaches.
Chronic Sinusitis can also be a cause of excessive post-nasal drip problems contributing to halitosis (bad breath) as well as mouth-breathing issues that take a toll on all the tissues of the mouth.
While many physicians prescribe antibiotics to cure chronic sinusitis, Mayo Clinic researchers indicate that “FUNGUS” (molds and yeast) is the likely cause of nearly every chronic sinus problem and therefore will not respond to antibiotic therapy because they target bacteria. Actually, antibiotics will make them worse! The use of steroid nasal sprays has also been implicated as they can contribute to fungal growth as well.
The researchers studied 210 patients with chronic sinusitis. Using new methods of collecting and testing mucus from the nose, they discovered fungus in 96% of the patients’ mucus and identified a total of 40 different kinds of fungi, with an average of 2.7 kinds per patient.
In a subset of 101 patients who had surgery to remove nasal polyps, the researchers found eosinophils (white blood cells activated by the body’s immune system) in the nasal tissue and mucus of 96 % of patients.
The research indicates that chronic sinusitis is not an allergic reaction but an immune response and as long as the fungi remain so will the inflammation. The hope is that treatment can now be directed toward the cause instead of the symptoms.
So, if you suffer from this common chronic disease, please speak with your health care professional about the possible sources of mold and yeast contamination and how to best treat your condition.
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