Patients who continue to suffer from sinusitis despite extensive medical treatment and surgery, suffer from chronic pain and impaired quality of life, including the burden of frequent medication use and doctor visits. Given the severity of this incapacitating disease, they are interested in additional options that may offer help.
An Ear Nose and throat doctor from Texas suggests that new therapies may be no further than the kitchen cabinet using inexpensive non-toxic ingredients. Writing recently in the Baylor College of medicine’s momentum blog, Dr. Mas Takashima indicates the patient may derive additional benefit by adding baby shampoo or probiotic bacteria to their nasal irrigation.
It is thought that the surfactants present in baby shampoo back to break up bonds between bacteria, making mucus less “sticky” and allowing it to be better cleared from the sinuses. Removing harmful bacteria from the surface of the lining reduces their harmful effects.
In an additional and novel approach, Dr. Yakashima describes that many patients with persistent sinus infections suffer not only from the presence of pathogenic or “bad” bacteria, but also suffer from a depletion of “healthy” bacteria which help regulate immune responses. As this lack of healthy bacteria is believed to contribute significantly to development of the disease, he recommends that patients introduce “healthy” probiotic bacteria into the sinuses by adding it to their nasal irrigation solution.
In a cautionary note, Dr. Takashima indicates that evidence from clinical trials is extremely limited for the moment and that much work remains to be performed. As a consequence, he believes that these treatments are not for every day use but are reserved for certain patients who sinus infections have been stubborn and persistent for months and where other treatments have already failed.
Dr. Mas Takashima, is an Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon, Associate Professor and Director of the Sinus Center at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He treats patients with sinusitis, nasal polyposis, fungal sinusitis, nasal congestion, and tumors of the nasal cavity and skull base. Martin Desrosiers, MD, Clinical Professor, Université de Montréal
Prepared by: Martin Desrosiers, MD, Clinical Professor, Université de Montréal
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