As many parts of the globe are entering into colder temperatures, the thought of seasonal allergies seems foreign, but in Central Texas, mold count is high and cedar wind (Juniper pollen) is just around the corner. Many people are suffering from allergies and chronic sinusitis.
Mayo Clinic researchers say that they have found that the cause of most chronic sinus infections is an immune system response to fungus. They say this discovery opens the door to the first effective treatment for this problem, the most common chronic disease in the United States.
“Up to now, the cause of chronic sinusitis has not been known” says the Mayo researchers who specialize in ear, nose and throat issues. “Fungus allergy was thought to be involved in less than ten percent of cases,” says Dr. Sherns. “Our studies indicate that in fact, fungus is likely the cause of nearly all of these problems. This is a potential breakthrough that offers great hope for the millions of people who suffer from this problem. We can now begin to treat the cause of the problem instead of the symptoms.”
Antibiotics and over-the-counter decongestants are widely used to treat chronic sinusitis. In most cases, antibiotics are not effective for chronic sinusitis because they target bacteria, not fungi. The over-the-counter drugs may offer some relief of symptoms, but they have no effect on the inflammation.
Anything ending in “itis” means inflammation. Inflammation, in terms of Chinese acupuncture, deals with heat and that equates to liver imbalances. A New York pediatrician, Dr. Lawrence Pavelsky, considers most inflammations and infections in kids (but the process applies to most all chronic illnesses) as “heat rising”. Quite different from the Mayo approach, Pavelsky feels that most problems with allergies come from the gut. Improper digestion, allergies, etc can provoke health issues that are geographically far from the digestive area of the body.
Rather than drying out a chronic sinus problem with medication, Pavelsky says we might consider hydrating, i.e., drinking more and more fluids. The body will then start eliminating the crusty and thick fluids naturally. This is a very different tactic than most people would consider. However, there is always more than one way to look at any problem. The answer may lie in looking at the whole problem through different eyes so we can come up with different solutions. A choice that is simple, cost effective and harmless seems like a great way to approach this and many health care problems.
Have you ever tried a Neti Pot when your sinuses are full? Talk about hydration! Add a little sea salt to lukewarm water and gently, slowly let it run through one nostril then the other. If your inflammation is severe, it will be a little painful and your eyes may tear up, but it hydrates and sterilizes the nasal cavity and helps speed up recovery. Using a personal steam inhaler with a little tea tree oil or eucalyptus oil is also beneficial.
If your sinusitis is aggravated by seasonal allergies, consider NAET treatment. Call our office and we can tell you all about how successful this drug free allergy treatment can be!