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Fungal Sinusitis


The Real Problem...

Results From A Mold Test! In 1999, Mayo Clinic researchers found that the cause of most chronic sinus infections was an immune system response to fungus. The researchers studied 210 patients with chronic sinusitis. They discovered fungus in 96% of the patients. They identified a total of 40 different varieties of fungi in these patients, with an average of 2.7 kinds per patient! Click here to read the Abstract from this research.

"This is a potential breakthrough that offers great hope for the millions of people who suffer from this problem," says Dr. Eugene Kern. "We can now begin to treat the cause of the problem instead of the symptoms."

"Fungus allergy was thought to be involved in less than ten percent of cases," says Dr. David Sherris. "Our studies indicate that, in fact, fungus is likely the cause of nearly all of these problems. And it is not an allergic reaction, but an immune reaction."

More information about this breakthrough study can be found in this article from ScienceDaily. Further study by the Mayo clinic has implicated airborne fungi in both chronic sinusitis and chronic stuffy noses (or rhinosinusitis). To read about the most recent study click here.

The Result of the Problem:

As you breathe, you take in airborne mold particles. Then you have an allergic or an immune system reaction to these mold fragments. This reaction causes small pits to form in the membranes that line the sinuses. These pits trap mucous so that it cannot drain. The stagnant mucous gets infected which causes nasal polyps and thickening of the lining that obstructs the outflow of mucous. The polyps then cause more infection and the infection causes more polyps. Thus, there is a vicious cycle that perpetuates itself.


So What's the Answer? Click to Find Out