WE ARE OPEN AND HAVE TAKEN ALL COVID 19 PRECAUTIONS

Your Body Could be to Blame for Chronic Sinus Infection

Chronic sinusitis is the most common chronic condition in the United States. It is not only painful, but also hard to treat in some patients. Until recently, the cause of chronic sinusitis was something of a mystery, but researchers at the St. Louis University School of Medicine think they may be onto solving it.

The researchers, led by Rajeev Aurora, a professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at the university, believe that sinus infections are not caused by bacteria or fungi as previously thought, but instead by something like an allergic reaction, where the body reacts to harmless microorganisms called commensals.

In healthy people, commensals are ignored by the body and cause no harm. In people with chronic sinusitis, the immune system overreacts to the commensals, causing the inflammation of the nasal passages, which leads to stuffiness.

By Ramie A. Tritt, MD, President, Atlanta ENT

Photo by: mcfarlandmo

You Might Also Enjoy...

New Discovery Could Treat Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis is a devastating genetic disorder which is multi-system, affecting the lungs, sinuses, sweat glands and digestive tract. This illness affects over 30,000 people in the United States alone, with over 700 of these people in Georgia.

Sleep Apnea May Increase Women’s Risk of Heart Disease

Sleep apnea is a silent affliction that affects millions of people every year. It often goes undiagnosed, and has been associated with many health problems from tiredness and lack of focus to high blood pressure to diabetes to mental and emotional problems

Help for Hives

You might think that you are the only one that has them, but you’re not. If you have hives, you are one of MANY! Hives (technically called “urticaria”) is a very common skin problem with the most common symptom being itchiness.

Help for Hives

You might think that you are the only one that has them, but you’re not. If you have hives, you are one of MANY! Hives (technically called “urticaria”) is a very common skin problem with the most common symptom being itchiness.