About Sinusitis2019-05-25T15:23:35+00:00

Learn about the most common chronic disease in America and its affect on your body, Sinusitis or Sinus Infection

Sinusitis, also commonly called a sinus infection or rhinosinusitis, is an inflammation of the mucus-lined, air-filled spaces in your skull that connect to the nose and throat. When the sinuses become clogged, inflamed, blocked or swollen air and other fluids (pus or other secretions) can be trapped creating vacuums and/or pressure which cause pain, often intense pain. Clogged sinuses can also invite infection.

The conventional view of Sinusitis stipulates that it is caused by viral infection, bacterial infection, or rarely, a fungal infection. This view also states sinusitis occurs when the body’s immune system is unable to stop harmful bacteria, viruses or fungi from reproducing in the sinuses.
[alert type=”info” close=”false”]We believe the true cause of chronic sinusitis is an allergic reaction to MOLD. This has been medically proven for years, yet mainstream medicine has failed to embrace this approach. Research done by the Mayo Clinic in 1999, demonstrates that in 93% of Sinusitis cases the infections are symptoms of the Sinusitis not the cause. In fact, it they showed that it was exposure to an antigen (medical word for mold or fungi exposure) that causes the immune system to react thereby creating the disease.[/alert]

How does a reaction to mold cause sinus infections?

sinus infection sinusitis Reactions are caused internally when the body is invaded by mold spores – when you breathe in air contaminated by spores. The body defends itself against foreign substances (antigens) by attacking, our white blood cells do this by releasing major basic proteins. These proteins are essentially a caustic acid which can also destroy the tissue surrounding the antigen. In the sinuses this causes a pitting of tissue, these pits then collect bacteria which is the source of sinus infections.

Allergic reaction to mold is often genetic

Sinusitis caused by an an allergic reaction to mold only occurs in 16% of the population. It has been medically shown that the root cause is a genetic T-Cell abnormality that makes them predisposed to mold sensitivity. This explains why only one person out of several living or working in the same moldy environment will show symptoms. If you test positive on an IgG Delayed Reaction Mold Test (see below) it is most likely you fall into this percentile.

Tests for Fungal Allergy

IgE Test:  Immediate Reaction Mold Allergies are verified by testing for IgE antibodies. Like the name says the reaction which causes swelling and congestion is immediate, usually within 30 minutes. These antibodies are the easiest to detect in the physician’s office. This mold reaction is easily controlled by antihistamines like Claritin or Zyrtec, using a nasal wash is also very helpful and soothing, it does help to add CitriDrops.

FACTOID: 90% of people with Chronic Sinusitis show a positive mold allergen result when using the Delayed Test (IgG) blood test. However, only 30% of the same group will show a positive result when using the Immediate Test (IgE).

IgG Test:  Delayed Reaction Mold Test are discovered by testing for IgG (as opposed to IgE) antibodies. Reactions occur anywhere from 2 hours to 48 hours after exposure and the reaction here is more extreme and results in tissue destruction due to the over release of major basic proteins by the immune system’s white blood cells (Eosinophils). Because of the time delay this test is not normally part of an allergy skin test panel, it is a blood test. Ask you doctor for a Delayed Reaction IgG Mold  Blood Test!

When you test positive on an IgG Delayed Mold Reaction Blood Test your treatment requires a different approach as it cannot be handled with antibiotics, steroids, antihistamines, decongestants, allergy shots or antihistamines for anything other than short term relief. Many doctors use Prednisone (a steroid shot) to give temporary. [Be wary of long term steroid use since there are numerous severe side effects such as diabetes, cataracts and osteoporosis to name a few.] If you really want long term relief it requires the removal of the ’cause’, which is mold, from both your body and the air you breathe.

Explanation of How Doctors Classify & Describe Sinusitis:

1. Location:

  • FRONTAL: Located above the eyes in the brow area
  • MAXILLARY: Located on either side of the nose, inside the cheekbones
  • ETHMOID: Located in the upper nose, behind the bridge and between the eyes
  • SPHENOID: Located behind the Ethmoid in the upper part of the nose and between the eyes

*The most common occurrences are in the frontal and/or maxillary. Each individual usually has one particular area that is most affected.

2. Types of Sinusitis:

The term “sinusitis” is a general term doctors and other healthcare professionals sometimes use the term “rhinosinusitis” since sinusitis cannot occur without inflammation of the nose, “rhinitis”. It is often broken down into the following:

  • ACUTE: Lasts up to 4 weeks
  • SUBACUTE: Lasts 4 – 12 weeks
  • CHRONIC: Lasts MORE than 12 weeks and often longer, even years!
  • RECURRENT: Several acute cases in a year
  • ALLERGIC: Immune reaction to airborne antigens you breathe into your nasal cavity

3. Sinusitis Classifications:

Conditions are further classified by the type of inflammation:

  • INFECTIOUS: sinusitis resulting from a viral infection or bacterial growth
  • NON-INFECTIOUS: sinusitis caused by irritants and allergic conditions

At right are descriptions of each area and the various symptoms of acute and chronic conditions.

Frontal sinuses are located on both sides of the forehead. These sinuses are late in developing, so infection here is uncommon in children.

Acute Symptoms of Sinusitis

  • Severe headache in the forehead.
  • Fever (common but not always present).
  • Symptoms are worse when lying on the back and when pressing against the area over the eye on the side closest to the nose.
  • Symptoms are better when the head is upright.
  • Nasal discharge or postnasal drip.

Sinusitis Symptoms indicating medical emergency:

  • Increasing severity of symptoms, particularly severe headache, altered vision, mild personality or mental changes (may indicate spread of infection to brain).
  • Fever, vision changes, fixed or dilated pupil. Symptoms spreading to both sides of face (may indicate blood clot).
  • Headache, fever, along with a soft swelling over the bone (may indicate bone infection).

Chronic Symptoms

  • Persistent, low-grade headache in the forehead.

Maxillary sinuses are located behind the cheek bones. They are present at birth and continue to develop as long as teeth erupt, in some cases, tooth roots can penetrate the floor of these sinuses.


  • Pain across the cheekbone, under or around the eye, or around the upper teeth; may occur on one or both sides of the face
  • Area over the cheekbone is tender and may be red or swollen
  • Possibly tooth pain
  • Symptoms are worse when the head is upright and improve when patient reclines
  • Nasal discharge or postnasal drip
  • Fever


  • Discomfort or pressure below the eye
  • Chronic toothache
  • Symptoms become worse with colds, flu, or allergies
  • Discomfort increases during the day
  • Coughing increases at night

Ethmoid sinuses are located between the eyes. They resemble a honeycomb and are vulnerable to obstruction. This is a common location for sinusitis in children.


  • Nasal congestion
  • Nasal discharge or postnasal drip
  • Pain or pressure around the inner corner of the eye or down one side of the nose
  • Headache in the temple or surrounding the eye
  • Symptoms worse when coughing, straining, or lying on the back and better when the head is upright
  • Fever
  • Symptoms of maxillary sinusitis often occur
  • Symptoms indicating medical emergency:
    – Increasing severity of symptoms
    – Fever, swelling and drooping eyelid, loss of eye movement (possible orbitalinfection, which is in the eye socket)
    – Fever, vision changes, pupil fixed or dilated. Symptoms spreading to both sides of face (may indicate blood clot)


  • Chronic nasal discharge, obstruction, and low-grade discomfort usually across the bridge of the nose
  • Symptoms worse in the late morning or when wearing glasses
  • Chronic sore throat and bad breath

Sphenoid sinuses are located behind the eyes. They usually are present by age 3 and are fully developed by age 12.


  • Deep headache with pain in many places, including the back and top of the head, across the forehead, and behind the eye
  • Fever
  • Symptoms are worse when lying on the back or bending forward
  • Nasal discharge or postnasal drip
  • Symptoms indicating medical emergency:
    – Increasing severity of symptoms, particularly severe headache, altered vision, mild personality or mental changes (may indicate spread of infection to brain)


  • Low grade, general headache (although not always present)

(Adapted from: Sinus Disease: Guide to First-line Management. D. Kennedy, Ed. 1994 Health Communications, Inc. Adrian, CT.)

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If you suspect you have sinusitis, here are 3 things you can do:

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Take the Evaluation

This is just like the evaluation doctors often give their patients. It will give you an indication if your symptoms are Insignificant, Slight, Moderate or Severe. It also directs you to protocols for each level. And it’s free! Simply Click Here to take the evaluation.


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Test for Mold in Your Home or Car

A simple DIY mold screening test will indicate where in your home mold may be causing a problem. Our mold plates are superior to the ones you can buy in box stores, the agar media used to culture is lab quality.


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Take a Test Run

Try Dr. Dennis’ protocol that treats your body and your environment for a short time. See if your symptoms improve…Start with a Breathe Easy Kit – this works for so many fungal allergy sufferers.