So it’s off to the bin I go with my bread… better luck next time for that cheese and tom!

breadspoThis morning’s rush to the bread bin reminded me of a not-so-healthy nasal passage condition I researched years ago and thought vital to share… mold and not just the cute, furry stuff that lines your damp pavements but rather the growing, tiny, mushroom-like structures which when given the right conditions, such as our moist and dark nasal passages can simply take over!

That’s right, the mold I noticed on my bread can actually find its way into the delicate nasal and sinus passages resulting in fungal sinusitis. Although curable, this is a persistent condition which is difficult to rid the body of entirely. This is because when mold propagates, it releases millions of tiny spore-like structures which attach themselves to the mucus linings with anchor-type root systems… you could picture them as weeds growing in your linings but at a rate much faster than the pesky weeds on your driveway.

It was found in a study done by the Mayo Clinic that there is a link between fungal sinusitis and chronic rhinosinusitis.

So what are the common symptoms you say? These include swelling, inflammation and edema of the membrane linings which can cause one to feel blocked or congested. As Fungal sinusitis is related to allergies, common allergy symptoms may also be present. Most of all chronic sinusitis symptoms may appear such as colored nasal mucus, pressure, sinus pain, drained and tired feelings, a lack of energy, post nasal drip, fevers or high body temperature, sneezing and excess fluid secretions.

Diagnosing fungal sinusitis is done with the help of a laboratory test whereby patients are tested for mycetoma, aspergilloma, fungal balls in the sinusitis, eosinophilic mucin sinusitis, saprophytic fungal growth and invasive fungal sinusitis. This test will confirm if fungal sinusitis is present or not.

So even though there’s no hope for my cheese and tom sandwich due to the state of my bread, it doesn’t mean fungus located in your nasal passages is not treatable. There are numerous treatments which may be offered. These include steroids, immunotherapy, anti-fungal agents and anti-inflammatory therapies however as mentioned earlier, fungus is majorly tricky to fully get rid of because of their pesky spores so the chances of it returning are pretty darn high.

And what of natural therapies? One such therapy currently on the market is the Sinus-Pro, Fungus Allergy Remedy; a homeopathic preparation which works from the inside out helping prevent and halt the growth of fungal spores in delicate linings whilst also treating any inflammation or swelling caused by the irrigation that these spores have caused. This then also assists the body in safely shedding the spores as they are unable to attach in the delicate linings. What’s best about this treatment is that it does not have any nasty side effects which one often hears of with steroid treatments. This remedy can be found online at http://www.sinus-pro.com/remedies/fungus.asp

How Smoking affects your Sinuses?

Have you even wondered what smoking does to your sinuses, you don’t have to look far… just look at the filter at the end of the cigarette. This filter is covered in black or brown gunk which provides a clear indication of what’s happening to a person’s lungs and sinuses.

The lining of the nose and sinuses is the same as the lining in the lung which has cilia (tiny hair-like structures), that clean the nose, sinuses, and lungs of airborne particulate matter, bacteria and mucous. When one smokes the cilia lining the nose, sinuses and lungs stop working which predisposes the smoker to increased infections of the lungs and sinuses.

Normally, all that mucus travels to the back of your throat and you swallow it. When the cilia are damaged and stop moving the mucus out, it backs up in the sinuses and bacteria start to multiply there.

The weaker the sinuses become, the greater the impact it will have on a person. The sinuses become more congested and more blocked due to the mucus membranes becoming irritated and inflamed causing more build up of mucous. This can then lead to a sinus infection with pain, headache, pressure, congestion, a runny nose, difficulty breathing and a reduced sense of smell.

Exposure to a secondhand smoke appears to be one of the factors that predispose you to Chronic Sinusitis with more people diagnosed with it after being exposed to secondhand smoke. Secondhand smoke can have the same affect on your nose, sinuses, and lungs as it does on a primary smoke and has been linked to snoring, respiratory infections, and ear infections in children. Smoking is not just bad for your health, but also for people living around you.