Be Well: Sniffing Out the Problem

woman-698971_1920-1A case of the “sniffles” can turn bad pretty quick.  We’ve all experienced that feeling when a stuffy nose becomes fully clogged sinuses; then comes intense pressure in the face and head, inability to clear the nasal passages, post-nasal drip, poor sleep due to all these other symptoms, and the vicious cycle seem to perpetuate itself. A day or two of that might have you in urgent care begging for relief, but before you pick up that prescription for an antibiotic, nasal decongestant, and whatever else you could get a scribe for, check out this post by Dr. Mercola and Rachael Droege about the real root of most cases of sinusitis. Regarding current common treatment methods for sinusitis and the more helpful alternatives, they write,

“…despite constant treatment with antibiotics, many people’s sinusitis continues to return. According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, not only is sinusitis one of the most expensive disorders in the United States, but also its prevalence is on the rise, indicating that the common treatment methods are not getting to the root of the problem.

So what is the root of the problem? Researchers have found that most cases of chronic sinusitis are not caused by infection but are actually an immune disorder caused by fungus. In a 1999 study, the researchers discovered that fungal organisms were present in the mucus of 96 percent of patients who had surgery for chronic sinusitis, and inflammatory cells were clumped around the fungi, which meant the condition was an immune disorder caused by fungus.

Fungus and mold spores are in the air all the time and are commonly inhaled so most people have fungi lodged in the mucus lining of the sinuses. However, only people who are prone to chronic sinusitis will experience an immune response to the fungi that results in the symptoms of sinusitis.

They took the research a bit further and in the next study found that a fungicide was effective in decreasing inflammation and nasal swelling among participants suffering from chronic sinusitis. The researchers are hoping the study will lead to the development of new antifungal medications to treat the condition.

Although antifungals may be more effective than antibiotics–antibiotics make fungal infections worse–there are other steps you can take to lessen your risk of sinus infections by getting at the underlying cause.”

If you find yourself battling chronic sinus issues, consider how an anti-fungal approach might finally address the root of the problem providing lasting relief. The doctors at Lake Pointe can help you find the right protocol to address your symptoms. Schedule a Functional Physical today at 612-922-8100.

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