Mayo Clinic Study Implicates Fungus As Cause Of Chronic Sinusitis
"An estimated 37 million people in the United States suffer from chronic sinusitis, an inflammation of the membranes of the nose and sinus cavity. Its incidence has been increasing steadily over the last decade. Common symptoms are runny nose, nasal congestion, loss of smell and headaches. Frequently the chronic inflammation leads to polyps, small growths in the nasal passages which hinder breathing.
"Up to now, the cause of chronic sinusitis has not been known," say the Mayo researchers: Drs. David Sherris, Eugene Kern and Jens Ponikau , Mayo Clinic ear, nose and throat specialists. Their report appears in the September issue of the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
"Fungus allergy was thought to be involved in less than ten percent of cases," says Dr. Sherris. "Our studies indicate that, in fact, fungus is likely the cause of nearly all of these problems. And it is not an allergic reaction, but an immune reaction."
Unfortunately very few doctors test sinuses for funguses even if this was published in 1999... there are lots and lots (millions upon millions) of people with chronic sinus problems, most likely due to funguses, less common sinus infections (that likely are much more common if they bothered looking for it, helicobacter and others), and yes parasites.
The thing is most ENT doctors do a few culture swabs on a couple of culture media (where the pathogen bacteria or infection agent possibly not even will grow)..
typically they find nothing
then they give 7 days or 14 days of some antibiotic, that often have some effects (I would even think on some funguses), but it cannot eliminate it... next patient end up with steroid sprays, all types of medicines that loosen up mucose.. surgery..... the cause of the problem is not elminated and people live their lives on all types of symptom relief medicines...
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