Learn about Chronic Sinusitis

For many decades health care providers believed that most cases of sinusitis in its chronic form were the result of persistent infection.

Today, most health experts believe that Chronic Sinusitis (CS) is not an infectious disease (like acute sinusitis) but rather a malfunction of the immune system (immune deficiency disorder). About 16-20% of the population are likely to suffer from this disease due to a genetic T-Cell abnormality that makes them predisposed to mold sensitivity.

There is a further consensus developing that the immune malfunction is caused by fungal antigens. That consensus is supported by the Mayo Clinic Study, 1999  that shows a causal link between mold inhalation and Chronic Sinusitis. This concept is reinforced by the fact that the traditional therapy for CS of prolonged antibiotics and allergy immunotherapy do not cure the majority of cases of Chronic Sinusitis.

How Chronic Sinusitis develops:

  • You breathe airborne particles (mainly mold spores), which cause an allergic reaction. [ T-cells which are supposed to get rid of antigens in your system actually OVER react and rupture, releasing their major basic protein that is like a caustic acid.)
  • This ‘acid’ destroys nasal cilia and causes small pits to form in the lining membranes of the sinuses.
  • These pits trap mucous so that the mucous cannot drain.
  • Bacteria is also trapped and grow in these pits causing infection.
  • The stagnant mucous gets infected which causes nasal polyps and thickening of the lining, which obstructs the outflow of mucous.
  • The polyps cause more infection.
  • The infection causes more polyps.
  • You KEEP breathing in mold spores….
  • This causes a vicious cycle that is self-perpetuating.

When you get rid of mold in the air you breathe you can get rid of the mold in your nose. This allows blocked sinuses to drain and you are able to get long-term relief.

Other aggravating factors that contribute to the onset of CS include: (Not EVERY case of CS is caused by fungal allergy reaction)

  •      – Anatomic deformities of the nose and sinuses such as a deviated septum
  •      – Malfunctions of the flow of mucus
  •      – Endocrine disorders such as thyroid disease and diabetes
  •      – Reduced immunity
  •      – Medication effects
  •      – Chemical irritation of the nasal lining
  •      – Previous surgery

Sufferers of this condition commonly have nasal polyps; however, they do not occur in every case. Nasal polyps are grape-like growths on the sinus membranes that protrude into the sinuses or into the nasal passages. Polyps make it even more difficult for the sinuses to drain and for air to pass through the nose.

Diseases and conditions that often accompany Chronic Sinusitis:

  •      – Asthma
  •      – Primary immune deficiency disease
  •      – HIV infection
  •      – Cystic fibrosis
  •      – Candidsasis
  •      – Chronic Fatigue
  •      – Brain Fog

Treatment Tips

  1. Take the online Evaluation to determine the extent of your symptoms
  2. Review what Dr. Dennis recommends for your level:
  3. At the very least use a nasal saline wash system and CitriDrops Nasal Spray designed for mold neutralization.
  4. If the sinusitis is severe, it is better to consult a health care professional for treatment. Your treatment may require a steroid based nasal spray to gain relief.
  5. Check out the Environmental Mold Removal products we believe are effective.