Friday, 18 January 2008

That bunged up feeling...

In the middle of a dark and damp winter here in the UK it is bad enough for most of us to suffer the misery of living in the semi-twilight for weeks on end. However spare a though for those for whom damp conditions and living indoors excessively can trigger even worse symptoms. Sinusitis can be triggered by allergens found indoors and by incessant damp conditions.

Sinusitis is a miserable condition for its sufferers and there are a LOT of sufferers. It is estimated that 32 million people in the US suffer from chronic sinusitis (Link), a condition that lasts for at least 12 weeks! It is frequently caused by virus or bacteria infecting the upper airways and sinuses causing painful and irritating inflammation of the mucus membranes lining the sinuses.

Recent research suggests that aspergillus and other fungi have an important influence on chronic sinusitis, especially when it does not clear up after repeated antibacterial treatment. Antifungal treatment can often help in those instances.

There are several resources available on the Aspergillus Website:

Treatment (registration needed):
1. Allergic aspergillus sinusitis
2. Saprophytic sinusitis

Educational material
Balls of fungi can sometimes develop and these can sometimes be removed by a steady-handed doctor using an aspirator - see this video.

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