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Fungal Sinusitis

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National Allergy Supply, Inc. is proud to be an important national distributor of environmental products used to help relieve chronic fungal sinusitis. The orignal treatment protocol was developed by Dr. Donald P. Dennis, M.D. and you can read his published study on the subject by clicking here. We acknowledge that the following information is the original work of Dr. Dennis.

sickchildwithdocopt1One out of every seven Americans (or an estimated 37 million people) suffer from chronic sinusitis, an inflammation of the membranes of the nose and sinus cavity. Its incidence has been increasing steadily over the last decade. Common symptoms are runny nose, nasal congestion, loss of smell and headaches. Frequently the chronic inflammation leads to polyps, small growths in the nasal passages, which hinder breathing.

Thousands have seen multiple physicians and spent lots and lots of money trying to find relief. In 1996 alone, there were 26.7 million visits to doctors, hospitals, and emergency rooms and a total of $5.78 billion was attributed to sinusitis expenditures! Multiple treatment plans have been tried along with many varieties of prescription and nonprescription drugs (46.9 million total medications were ordered in 1996 for sinusitis). Even worse, many people have had multiple sinus-related operations (sometimes as many as 5) to correct the condition. But, they are still sick! Why? Because the actual culprit may not have been correctly identified, and certainly it has not been corrected.

The Real Problem...

moldIn 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

"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.

The Answers...

The principles of treatment are as easy as 1-2-3. First, it is best to consult your doctor for treatment. Second, you must breathe clean air in order to get well and stay well long term. Third, clean your sinuses to rid them of mold and other harmful particles. Unless you clean both your Environment and your Sinuses, nothing will work long term. To do this, it is necessary for you to follow all the steps of the treatment.

Clean Your Environment With Home Air Cleaners:

 

First, test your home environment with a Mold Test Kit. Take samples in the three rooms where you spend the most time. Often those rooms will be your bedroom, the den or family room, and the kitchen. Any room that shows more than 4 mold colonies needs your immediate attention. If you find the presence of mold in a room where you spend an hour or more each day, you must take action. Here are the recommended products that will greatly help reduce airborne mold: 

 

To begin with, you should choose to employ one of the two products below:
 

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Wein 2500 Room Ionizer
Or citrisafe
CitriSafe Air Treatment Solution

Both the Wein 2500 Room Ionizer or the CitriSafe Air Treatment Solution will greatly reduce airborne mold but you should not to use them together in the same room as they actually work against each other, which will cause the mold count to rise rather than fall.

Other Important Products for the Reduction of Airborne Mold Include:

  • HEPA Room Air Cleaner that removes small particles from the air including molds and other allergens.
  • A quart of goodmorning Purifying Spray that should be applied to the vent filter daily. This will reduce any mold that gets caught in the vent cover.
  • Dust Masks that can be used outdoors or in rooms in your home where mold counts remain high like the basement or garage.

 

 

  • If it's not convenient for you to purchase the above products, you can still reduce much of the mold that you breathe by wearing a Wein 150 MM Personal Ionizer. This will allow you to begin to experience some relief until you can get all of the items above.

 

When traveling, many of these same products can go with you to limit your exposure to mold and can be used in a hotel or guest room. Here is what we'd recommend you take along:

  • A quart of goodmorning Purifying Spray that should be applied to the vent filter daily. This will reduce any mold that gets caught in the vent cover.

 

Clean Your Sinuses:

 

  • Irrigate with normal saline (0.9% salt water) at least 2 times per day. This rinses the mold and other particles out of the nose and sinuses. Use the SinuPulse Elite Sinus Irrigation System. Do this long term.

 

Take the medications or allergy shots as prescribed by your doctor. If antibiotic and antifungal nasal sprays are prescribed, use them as directed. If you're using both types of sprays at the same time, be sure to use them one right after the other.

If you have a sinus blockage that does not clear with medication, follow your doctor's advice to have good sinus drainage established via an endoscopic sinus technique. It will make a difference.

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