RECOMMENDATIONS for CHRONIC SINUS and NASAL SYMPTOMS
antibiotics or surgery rarely cures recurrent sinus infections. In fact there
are studies indicting that a very large percentage of chronic sinus infections
are not due to bacteria but yeast / fungi.
Surgery does allow the sinuses a chance to drain, and if obstruction is
the cause of the infections, then a "cure" may be achieved. Of
course, there are many other factors that promote sinusitis. Unless these are
addressed, the problem will remain and unfortunately, the bacteria or fungi may
only get more resistant to the antibiotics/antifungals
available. My approach is identify and correct (as possible) any of the contributing
Allergies – cause the nasal lining to
swell preventing sinus drainage and stimulate excess mucus production. Foods and inhaled allergens can be the
culprit. By strengthening the adrenals,
allergies can often be reduced to a minor nuisance. The basis for medications used to reduce inflammation
(nasal steroid sprays) and decongestants are both derived from the chemicals
produced by your own adrenals.
Immunodeficiency – allow even the weakest of viruses
and bacteria to overgrow. Subtle immune
insufficiencies may not always be associated with serious infections. Many
immune disorders have a nutritional basis.
Re-infection – repetitive exposure to
infectious individuals raises the risk of infection. Wash your hands! If
you’ve been on antibacterials, replenish your
gut flora with beneficial probiotic bacteria and you should reduce
Gastrointestinal – as an outgrowth of the
embryonic gut, the sinuses share innervation with the
gut. Mucus secretion is a natural response to gastrointestinal irritation and
may involve the sinuses reflexively. A healthy gut includes proper digestion,
bacterial flora, mucosal integrity, etc.
It is intriguing that the stomach meridian in Traditional Chinese
Medicine ends over the maxillary sinuses.
Cervical/Neck – the second cervical vertebrae
innervates the sinuses. Irritation of the nerve roots may promote congestion
and mucus secretion that creates a favorable environment for bacterial
overgrowth. A kink in the neck or subluxed disc could
contribute to sinus symptoms.
Structural – an obstructed opening to the
sinuses allows mucus and bacteria to accumulate. Surgically creating or
improving the passageway can be curative in this case. The septum is rarely
deviated enough to cause obstruction, however.
Membrane irritation – irritants that injure the
mucus membrane give microbes an entryway past the primary defense barrier into
vulnerable tissues. A healthy mucus
membrane is key to resisting infection. Supplemental food based vitamins can visibly improve
your mucus membrane barrier. Minimizing
irritants will also help reduce inflammation and allow healing.
Metabolic – an over-stimulated
parasympathetic nervous system may create congestion and excess mucus. Acidity
is associated with a tendency to viral infections (hence the development of cold
sores and canker sores with acidic foods).
Other conditions promote allergies, reduce immunity, etc.
Dental – an infected dental root or
implant could be supplying the sinuses with a source of bacteria.
There are three main goals in
treating sinusitis in the short
1. Decrease nasal congestion to allow the mucus to drain from the
2. Drain the infected mucus. Leaving mucus will allow the infection
to hide from the antibiotic and allow the bacteria a place to re-grow.
3. Eradicate the infection itself. Sinus irrigation is an option that directs the
anti-microbial to the target without flooding the body just to reach the
sinuses via the blood stream. As you can
imagine, the sinus cavities are difficult to influence with oral medications.
temporary relief of throat irritation, gargle with warm salt water or use
Sucrets or Chloraseptic spray.
sinus pressure discomfort, a warm moist wash cloth placed over the face and
acetaminophen or ibuprofen combined with a decongestant is very effective for
drainage of sinus mucus and to shrink swollen membranes, rinse the nose and
sinus with SINUS RINSE. This special saline
preparation has been very effective for both acute and chronic sinusitis.
The "Breathe Easy"
nasal device may be helpful in maintaining an open nasal passageway, as well.
antibiotics also kill good bacteria in your gut, beneficial probiotic bacteria and/or
an anti-yeast product is advised.
support to fortify your immune system, strengthen your adrenals, help your mucus
membranes heal, and fight the infection.