Chronic Sinusitis Treatment

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Naturopathic Treatment for Chronic Sinusitis

Sinusitis symptoms are caused by the overgrowth of certain strains of bacteria in the sinuses. These particular strains of bacteria that drive sinusitis symptoms are normal residents of the sinus microbiome, however when they overgrow, they can cause issues of inflammation leading to uncomfortable symptoms. There are two main reasons as to why these bacterial strains can overgrow in the sinuses and cause issues: 

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Poor immune function.

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Disrupted sinus microflora. The sinuses are lined with millions of bacteria both good and bad. The good help keep the bad in check. Specific good bacteria in the sinuses keep problematic bacterial strains from overgrowing. When these good bacteria numbers are lowered, certain bacteria can overgrow, leading to inflammation and sinusitis symptoms.

Factors such as antibiotic use, food allergies and intolerances, nutrient deficiencies, hormonal imbalances and poor diet and lifestyle habits affect immune function and the health of sinus microflora, which is why these factors are associated with chronic sinusitis.

Antibiotics are often prescribed as the first line treatment for sinusitis. While they may help with symptoms short term, they never lead to long term results and eradication of symptoms for good. People may feel better on the antibiotics and as soon as they come off them, their symptoms come back. This is because while antibiotics kill the bad bacteria causing the sinusitis, they also kill the good bacteria that keep the bad in check. Therefore, antibiotics make the situation worse by causing further disruptions to the sinus microbiome. This is why after antibiotic use, sinusitis sufferers have a re-flare of their symptoms.

Treatment of sinusitis must address the underlying causes in order to improve immunity and re-establish the health of the sinus microflora that will help keep harmful bacterial populations in check. 

If you suffer from chronic sinusitis, call Oak Health today or book an appointment online to find out how evidence-based, practical and sustainable diet and lifestyle changes, as well as herbal and nutritional supplementation, can help increase immunity and improve sinus microflora balance in order to resolve chronic sinusitis for good! 

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