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Sinusitis / Hayfever / Allergic Rhinitis

 

Aninflammationorinfectionintheparanasalsinuses.Themostcommonincitingagentofsinusitisisaviralupperrespiratory infection, although bacteria, fungi, and allergic reactions may also be responsible. Any factor that creates edema of the nasal tissues resulting in obstruction and the lack of proper drainage of the area will often lead to sinus infection. As the obstruction continues, oxygen is resorbed back into the blood vessels, causing a painful relative negative pressure that draws transudate from the mucous membranes. The transudate is an excellent medium for bacteria, especially Streptococcus, pneumococcus, hemo-philus influenza, and Staphylococcus, which are the bacteria most implicated in acute sinusitis. The bacterial overgrowth leads to an influx of serum and leukocytes to fight the infection, setting up a painful positive pressure.

Chronic sinusitis is often associated with an allergic individual, and dental infections account for 25% of chronic maxillary sinusitis. Swimming and diving, and injury to the area (especially fractures to the ethmoid or frontal sinuses) are other precipitating factors. Chronic sinusitis may present as acute sinusitis or may be relatively asymptomatic presenting with only mild postnasal discharge, recurrent headaches, musty odor, or a nonproductive cough. X-rays may reveal a thickening of the mucous membranes, though cultures of the nose and nasal discharge uncover no pathogenic organisms.

NOTE: With chronic sinusitis that seems to go away after an antibiotic then returns consider Candidiasis. (See Candida Albicans section of the Nutrition Reference Guide.)

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Suggested Nutritional Supplementation

Acute Management

HistaRest is a scientifically designed nutritional supplement free of pseudoephedrine, phenylpropanolamine, and other synthetic antihistamine chemicals. Herbal compounds utilized are void of side-effects such as excitability or drowsiness. This product does not contain caffeine, theophylline, or ephedrine. NOTE:If patient has a history of antibiotic use, add UltraFlora Plus to the protocol.

Chronic Sinus Condition Management

Perimine features a patented extract of Perilla seed (Perilla frutescens), a unique herb that supports a healthy immune response in individuals who may be sensitive to certain food or environment factors. Dried Perilla seed and leaves have both historical and modern applications in Traditional Chinese Medicine to alleviate chest fullness, support healthy mucus secretion, and promote healthy breathing.

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Contributing Factors

Acute sinusitis


Chronic sinusitis


Tumors

Rule out a tumor especially in an individual complaining of repeated attacks of acute sinusitis, or chronic symptoms notably including recurrent epistaxis while no pathogenic organism can be found.

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