Thursday, February 12, 2009

Long Term Sinus Infections?

Most common sinus infection, when the infection continues long term, is a fungus not bacteria. This according to David Sherris, MD, department of otorhinolaryngology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, who said that more than 90% of chronic sinusitis are caused by an immune-system response to a very common fungus that is present in everyone's nose.
Some people's immune systems react to the fungus in a way that mimics chronic sinus infections. These chronic sinus problems, which can last three months or more, are different than acute ones which last a month or less and are caused by bacteria. Discovery of the fungus reaction opens the way to new forms of treatment even though it may take two to four years for any to be available.....


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