Sinusitis Treatment Springfield OH
Cleveland Heights, OH
Wright Patterson Afb, OH
Otolaryngology, Plastic Surgery / Reconstructive Surgery
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1996
Ear, Nose and Throat
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IThe most common chronic respiratory condition needn’t leave you reaching for tissues
By Claire Sykes
You have been devouring vitamin C and echinacea, guzzling gallons of water and sleeping every chance you get. Despite this diligence, your cold’s still not better. But wait…what if it’s not a cold after all? A sinus infection—or sinusitis—might be the most likely suspect.
Often mistaken for a cold or allergies, sinusitis is an inflammation of one or more of the sinuses—those four pairs of air-filled cavities behind and around the nose and eyes that help protect the lungs by filtering and humidifying the air we breathe. Due to its ambiguous symptoms, sneaky sinusitis can invade right under your nose. “Many people who have chronic sinusitis don’t know it,” says Robert Ivker, DO, of Littleton, Colorado, author of Sinus Survival: The Holistic Medical Treatment for Allergies, Colds and Sinusitis (Tarcher/Putnam).
So how do you know if what you’ve got is sinusitis and not something else? “If there’s gradual improvement with a cold and then it starts to get much worse, or if you have what seems like ‘the cold that just won’t quit’ after two to three weeks, you probably have sinusitis,” says Ivker. Afflicting 15% of the population, sinusitis is the most common chronic respiratory condition in the United States according to the most recent National Health Interview Survey. Once diagnosed with chronic sinusitis, most people are told by conventional MDs to “just live with it”; these individuals wind up taking round after round of antibiotics and even resort to surgery, frequently with only temporary relief. Wendy Cook was one of those people.
For 20 years, until May 2006, Cook suffered...