#1. Food AllergiesYou might not realize this, but many individuals develop sinus congestion from food allergies. Foods like gluten, dairy, eggs, refined sugars, alcohol and more can trigger a general inflammatory response. Essentially, the sinuses become inflamed due to increased levels of histamine in the body. If you find that your sinus inflammation is worse after eating certain foods, it might be time to try an elimination diet. The most basic way to do this is to remove the most common inflammatory foods from your diet for 30 days. Slowly introduce them back into your life, one at a time. If the inflammation comes back, it will be easy to identify which foods triggered the sinus pain and congestion. You should avoid those foods in the future.
#2. Low-Grade InfectionsChronic sinus issues can also start as low-grade infections, which can be viral, bacterial or fungal. It is now believed that the reason people get these types of lingering infections, which are hard to treat with medications, is due to biofilms. Biofilm is a plaque produced by colonies of bacteria that blankets and protects them from the effects of antibiotics. While modern antibiotic medications are highly potent, this potency also means you can’t take them for long periods of time. As a result, Family Integrative Medicine prescribes antiviral, antifungal and antibiotic herbal medicine for its patients. These can be safely taken for the longer duration that’s needed to completely resolve a chronic sinus infection. It’s also a great idea to wash your sinuses with sterile, warm water.
#3. Weakened ImmunitySome people experience issues related to a weak immune system. Diseases that attack the immune system, such as HIV, make it more difficult for one’s body to fight infections and inflammation. For example, people with cystic fibrosis may be especially vulnerable to chronic sinusitis. Less severe scenarios that also weaken the immune system could include the overuse of certain medications or eating an imbalanced diet. A poor diet damages the good, beneficial bacteria in the intestines, which plays an important role in processing toxins and supporting critical immune functions. If you find that you are always getting sick, with simultaneous chronic digestive issues like bloating or indigestion, probiotics and a light cleanse might be indicated.
Could Chronic Sinus Pain and Congestion Lead to Painful Shoulder Conditions?
Could chronic sinus pain and congestion be linked to painful shoulder conditions? Researchers have found that there might be a connection between these two seemingly unrelated issues. While more studies are needed to establish a definitive link, it’s important to consider the potential impact chronic sinus pain and congestion could have on painful shoulder conditions treated. By addressing sinus issues, we could potentially alleviate discomfort in the shoulder area.