One is About Eradicating Symptoms, While the Other Centers on Addressing the Cause

Last week I discussed Acute vs Chronic Sinusitis by addressing the systemic inflammatory response and autoimmune symptoms throughout the body that can occur with Chronic Sinusitis.  Acute Sinusitis is a localized infection of the sinus. Acute patients experience swollen tissue, pain, and thick, discolored mucous discharge.  The key distinguishing characteristic of chronic sinusitis is that it causes systemic symptoms. Systemic means that disease is shared with the entire body via oxygen or the bloodstream.  The heart is the central machine that moves oxygen, nutrients, as well as pathogens and toxins throughout the body.  When pathogens and/or toxins enter the body, symptoms can occur anywhere and can include inflammation, infection, metabolic dysfunction, musculoskeletal issues, and behavioral/cognitive health difficulties.

When a patient suffers from chronic sinusitis, systemic symptoms that are not local to the sinuses do occur.  Just in the head, a patient can experience migraine headaches, hearing loss, dizziness, pituitary damage, and cognitive issues.  The body can feel fatigued while muscles and joints can have pain. Related to the brain, the body can experience paralysis in limbs such as arms and legs.  In the digestive system, candidiasis or candida overgrowth in the gut can cause severe GERD or reflux and nutritional deficiencies.  Finally, hormones and organs, like the epidermis can be impacted, exhibited by elevated estrogen levels, growth hormone deficiency, and skin inflammation or rashes.

Mold in the Home

Any leak, flood, or moisture source can cause mold to grow.  It is imperative that the water source get fixed as soon as possible. It is recommended that any mold issue exceeding 10 square feet should be fixed by professionals.  When mold is not addressed and a moisture source continues to find organic matter, mold can also become systemic.  An example of a chronic or systemic mold issue is when mold begins to grow inside of an HVAC system. In this case, not only do you have a localized mold source, but dispersion of mold spores throughout your home via the supply ducts. Mold is then circulated throughout the home, infecting everything in the home. This is when a home can become unlivable for a patient who is sensitive to mold, making healing relatively impossible until the HVAC system is remediated or the patient moves out.

Fortunately for us, Catherine from just posted an article addressing HVAC maintenance aimed at mold prevention, so that you can stop common problems that contribute to mold growth before they start.  Rather than writing a similar article, I believe she has done a terrific job on the topic. So, I asked, and she gave me permission to allow us to provide the article to you. Enjoy!  Read More…