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

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Sinus Headache

Sinus headache occurs when a sinus infection causes swelling and inflammation to the sinus membrane. This then results in a feeling of pressure and pain around the forehead, cheeks, and eyes.

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The causes of Sinus Headache

  • Persons prone to respiratory conditions such as colds or flu, hay fever etc. are likely to experience frequent sinus headache each time they suffer from such respiratory conditions.
  • Physical conditions such as surgeries on the nose may lead to persistent inflammation of the sinuses.
  • Sensitivity to environmental factors like sensitivity to dust, smoke, and pollen can trigger sinus headaches
  • Mucus build-up due to inflammation of the sinus membrane
  • Flu infection or a cold
  • Sinus infections


The symptoms of Sinus Headache

  • Pain and pressure in the cheeks, gums, forehead, head, and around the eyes area
  • Inability to taste food, combined with a cough or fever
  • Suffering a sinus infection that lasts for days and weeks and is also accompanied by sinus headaches
  • Achy feeling in the upper teeth
  • Fever and chills
  • Facial swelling
  • Nasal pressure or congestion
  • Yellow or green discharge
  • Sinus headaches that tend to get worse as you bend forward or lie down


Treating Sinus Headache

In order to treat a sinus headache, you have to know what’s causing it. Also, a major difference between a sinus headache and other headaches like migraines is that a sinus headache is not usually accompanied by vomiting or nausea. A diagnosis from a doctor may be necessary.

Homeopathic remedy have provided the most effective relief for headache caused by sinusitis or sinus infections. http://www.sinus-pro.com/sinus_headaches.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.

 

Pregnancy and Post Nasal Drip

Under normal circumstances, glands in the nose and the throat routinely produce one to two quarts of mucus per day. This mucus functions to moisten and clean the nasal membranes, humidifies air and traps and clears inhaled foreign particles. It is however excess mucus that can pose a problem as it can accumulate and cause a backward flow of mucus down the throat. Pregnant women are more susceptible to developing post nasal drip as a result of hormone fluctuations and will usually experience an uncomfortable condition of severe nasal congestion and rhinitis which can occur anytime during pregnancy and can last for the entire pregnancy.

Pregnancy and Post Nasal Drip

During the first trimester, women experience hormonal changes that can cause swelling of the linings of the nose. This can result in congestion that may lead to complete nasal obstruction in severe cases.

The symptoms may differ from one pregnant woman to another. Some may experience sneezing, coughing, a runny nose (Rhinorrhea), facial pressure and headaches. Treatment of post nasal drip during pregnancy will depend on the severity of the above mentioned symptoms, as any use of medication for treatment during pregnancy should be well researched and where necessary, advised by a Physician.

Alternatively, in order to reduce the swelling of the linings of the nose a saline nasal rinse can be performed using salt water to rinse the nose; this often helps pregnant women maintain open nasal airways.

A steamy shower room can help relieve congestion as the expectant mother feels the effects of steam inhalation; just ensure the water is not hot as it can burn the skin and at times steam may cause shortness of breath.

Sinus-Pro has a natural treatment for Post Nasal Drip during Pregnancy.

Pro-ponents of Successful Nasal Polyps Treatment

The Thuja Tree or tree of life is best found in dwarf form however the more viable Thuja Occidentalis is derived from a tree that can grow over 200 feet tall… a giant of a tree, capable of leaving a profound effect on the not-so-mighty Nasal Polyp? One of its profound effects can be linked to American Indians who used the trees foliage which is rich in vitamin C to treat scurvy. Who would have thought, the tree of life is a humble conifer…

In treating Nasal Polyps, Thuja has been found to be characterized with treating anything produced in excess or overproduced such as excessive and unnecessary fluid building up in the nasal polyps.

It has also been found to assist in treating thick, green and offensive discharge together with nasal bleeding, a loss of smell, ulceration and pain/pressure in the nose.

Thuja is also ideal in treating excessive overgrowth of tissue.

Thuja Occidentalis can be found in Homeopathic Remedies. One such Remedy is available online from Sinus-Pro.com and contains this indispensable nasal polyps fighter Thuja Occidentalis in both 7X and 30C potencies; a double action effect for a complex condition. http://www.sinus-pro.com/remedies/nasal_polyps.asp

I have also heard the Thuja tree being referred to as the tree of death, so it is both the tree of life and death (a full-circle tree) and is often planted in graveyards  as it is associated with immortality. I personal like to call this tree the tree of life and when referring to its effect on Nasal Polyps, the tree that brings death to these persistent growths.