Sinusitis

Are your sinuses killing you?

Millions of people suffer sinus pressure and pain with blockage, drainage, and frequent infection.  Common solutions such as recurrent antibiotics can surprisingly make things worse.

Chronic sinus congestion and infection are most often associated with allergies to dust mites and molds as well as food allergies and intolerances.  Dust mite sensitivity and regular dairy usage are probably the two most important factors found in recurrent sinusitis.

Evaluations include testing the blood and the skin for allergies to the foods we eat and things in the air we breathe.  CT scans of the sinuses can help look for mechanical obstruction that can be corrected surgically.  Detective work to uncover environmental factors in the home, the school, the work place and in the car is critical: Heavy exposures to dust or mold and certain chemicals are the usual culprits.

Treatments include avoiding triggers as much as possible, eating good immune strengthening food, and desensitizing your body.  Medications can help with symptom control and are frequently used early on.

We let you choose from several types of desensitization:

    Under the tongue drops can be taken at home without having to drive to the doctor’s office.  We custom make these extracts to fit your particular problem of sensitivity to molds, pollens, pets and dust mites.

    Regular allergy shots given every 1-3 weeks in the doctor’s office help boost tolerance for reactions to pets, dust and pollens.

    LDA is a special form of desensitization which involves taking a shot only every two months initially and less frequently later on.  The program is very safe because extracts are given at such a “low-dose”.  Patients with simple and more complex allergies are often helped.  LDA is particularly useful when the patient has a combination of food allergies and inhalant allergies.