TREATING SINUS DISEASE

DECONGESTANTS

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During an allergic reaction or other inflammation, tissues in the nose and blood vessels in the eyes and other areas swell. At the same time, mucus builds up in the nasal cavity. All of these effects result in a runny and/or stuffy nose and red eyes. Decongestants work by constricting the blood

Who Shouldn't Use Oral Decongestants

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People who take monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors, have uncontrolled high blood pressure, heart disease, glaucoma, prostate enlargement, or allergy to these agents should avoid decongestants. Many physicians recommend decongestants as a long-term solution for chronic sinusitis. I do not recommend this class of medicines for more than 1 week because

I believe the long-term effects can be dangerous.

THROAT SPRAYS AND LOZENGES

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Throat sprays are appropriate when you are experiencing a sore throat caused by postnasal drip or during an acute flare-up of a chronic infection. Some products may contain an antiseptic that kills bacteria and fungus as it passes into the throat. Other functions of these products include coating the throat, reducing the inflammation and the pain of a sore throat, and facilitating easier swallowing. Products that are available

ANTIFUNGAL TREATMENT

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Fungus and mold are always present in the air, so it is reasonable to expect that they are also found in our nasal passages. Recent research at the Mayo Clinic has confirmed this to be true. In people with CAID, an immune response to the fungi results in a thickening of the mucous membrane, leading to the disease’s

Sinus Friendly Foods

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In the 12th century, the physician Moses Maimonides first prescribed chicken soup as a cold and asthma remedy. People have experienced the same tried-and-true results over the centuries, but the true therapeutic properties of chicken soup, however, have not been studied until recently. Just as your grandmother may have told you, chicken soup does help relieve the symptoms of colds and flu. Good news for vegetarians: The vegetables in the soup

Supplements and Nutrients

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A balanced diet high in protein, fruits, and vegetables is very important tor patients suffering from CAID. For patients who get frequent infections, I recommend supplementing their diet with a multivitamin as well as a high dose of vitamins B and C.

Moving to Another State

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In the past, physicians recommended that their patients with chronic sinusitis and/or allergies move to another part of the country, where the climate was different, thinking that they could either avoid the allergies in that area or avoid a climate that causes them to have problems. Usually, a warmer, dryer climate was recommended. However, most

This initial hit of inflammation would probably lead you to believe that you had come down with a simple cold.