Chronic or recurrent sinusitis is a real problem for many. Not only for the pain, expense and aggravation, but also from the well-known serious effects on the gut biome caused by repeated antibiotic use.
Many of my clients over the years have found relief from the pain and sometimes odour with a simple xylitol spray. Xylitol is a non-toxic non-prescription alcohol sugar which has strong anti-fungal and anti-bacterial effects.
The most common pre-made preparation is Xlear; containing saline, xylitol and grapefruit seed extract. Use 3-5 pumps up each nostril 2-3 times/day. Pinch nose and move head around to wash all upper and lower sinus surfaces. If the mucus membrane surfaces are raw, there may be some slight transient discomfort but it’s truly mild. Xlear is available from many sources including www.Swansonvitamins.com at modest cost. In my experience, if this is going to be successful, relief is obtained within 2-5 days. Given the low cost and excellent safety profile, this seems the logical 1st step for any physician or therapist to suggest.
Researchers have found that the majority of chronic sinus infections are in fact not bacterial. They’re fungal infections. Chronic antibiotic use may reduce inflammation temporarily but antibiotics are not antifungals. A 1999 study published in the “ Mayo Clinic Proceedings” found most sufferers showed the presence of fungus in their nasal secretions.
What they observed was that 96 percent of the study subjects with chronic rhinosinusitis were found to have a fungus in cultures of their nasal secretions. In sensitive individuals, the presence of fungus results in a disease process in which the body’s immune system sends eosinophils (white blood cells distinguished by their lobulated nuclei and the presence of large granules that attract the reddish-orange eosin stain) to attack fungi, and the eosinophils irritate the membranes in the nose. As long as fungi remain, so will the irritation.
Xylitol nasal irrigation in the management of chronic rhinosinusitis: A pilot study.
Laryngoscope. 2011 Nov ;121(11):2468-72. Epub 2011 Oct 12. PMID: 21994147
Joshua D Weissman, Francisca Fernandez, Peter H Hwang
Article Affiliation: Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Stanford, California, U.S.A.
Author: David E P Gilbert
David is an Integrative Therapist at ECOSYS Wellness Center in Ottawa ON. Canada
Being trained in a number of modalities including Emotional Freedom Techniques and a range of anti-inflammatory nutrient protocols he works with clients both in-office and via phone or computer cam across North America. For most situations and care options he provides clients with a money back guarantee.