Chronic Sinusitis By: Dr. Jasraj Jaswal, ND

Chronic Sinusitis

Sinusitis is commonly seen by many practitioners. People who have sinusitis know that it can be a painful condition with congestion, loss of smell, runny nose, fatigue, facial pain and some people might also experience bad breath and headaches. Sinuses are a series of hollow cavities in your skull, in the area of the forehead, cheeks, and around the eyes. They drain through the nose and can become blocked as a result of inflammation.

For those with allergies, sinusitis can be caused by irritants, such as smoke and pollution, and allergens such as dust, mold, and pollen.  Structural problems in the nose, such as a deviated septum, or polyps can also block the sinuses and lead to an infection. Conventionally, decongestants, antihistamine or corticosteroids can be prescribed for temporary relief but if the problem is structural, surgery is also considered.

Naturopathic treatment involves identifying food triggers, making changes to lifestyle, stimulating the immune system and decreasing inflammation through the use of herbs and supplements. If the sinusitis is due to fungus, a treatment protocol is set in place that can involve diet changes and addition of herbs and supplements.

If you are suffering from chronic sinusitis and have not experienced any relief from decongestants and anti-histamines then you might want to consider getting a thorough assessment from your family doctor or a naturopathic doctor to find the cause of the chronic sinusitis and then work towards getting long term relief from your symptoms.

References:
Hoffman, M. Picture of the Sinuses. WebMD. Retrieved January 29, 2018 from   https://www.webmd.com/allergies/picture-of-the-sinuses#1
Mayo Clinic. (1999, September 10). Mayo Clinic Study Implicates Fungus As Cause Of Chronic Sinusitis. ScienceDaily. Retrieved January 29, 2018 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/09/990910080344.htm
February 12, 2018