Bitter taste receptors in the upper airway are a first line of defense against sinus infections, but their ability to kill harmful toxins and pathogens is blocked when the sweet taste receptors are also stimulated. While glucose and other sugars are known to Continue reading Blocking sweet taste receptors can help body fight off sinus infections
A clinical trial studying the use of Verapamil (a drug currently in use for cardiovascular disease and cluster headache) in alleviating chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) with nasal polyps revealed significant improvement in the symptoms of this subset of patients. It is the first study of its kind to explore Continue reading Patients with Severe Chronic Rhinosinusitis Show Improvement with Verapamil Treatment
Manuka honey sinus irrigation for the treatment of chronic rhinosinusitis: a randomized controlled trial.
Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2016 Dec 9. doi: 10.1002/alr.21898.
Lee VS1, Humphreys IM1, Purcell PL1, Davis GE1.
Manuka honey (MH) has been shown in vitro to be effective against biofilm-producing bacteria. This study assessed the effectiveness of MH for patients with active chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) and prior sinus surgery. Continue reading Manuka honey sinus irrigation for the treatment of chronic rhinosinusitis
Written by Sandy Sufian, 48 year old woman with CF
I have recently had the great pleasure to join a diverse team of esteemed colleagues and researchers to finally explore a topic I have been passionate about for many years: how women with CF experience our reproductive lives Continue reading Announcing a Patient-Engagement Study for Women with CF about Their Experiences throughout the Reproductive Life-course
Why did I go through the effort of finding out my CF mutations? I am a recipient of a bilateral lung transplant, I no longer have CF in my lungs and I am living post transplant now 16 years. So, what can knowing my alleles do Continue reading Mutations and What They Might Mean
An experimental drug for the treatment of nasal polyps has shown promise in a small, preliminary trial involving a group of patients struggling with chronic sinusitis.
Dupilumab, which is injected, is aimed at helping those patients who do not Continue reading New Drug Shows Promise Against Severe Sinusitis
Yes, I just had sinus surgery again: my fourth or fifth in fifteen years. All were done post-transplant and were performed by my favorite and only ENT, Dr. Lanny Close at NY- Presbyterian.
There were a few reasons to have this surgery now. My last surgery was in October 2010. My head Continue reading Sinus Surgery Again?
My friends say I am a little excessive regarding exercise. And maybe I am. But aside from clearing my head, it helps to keep my sinuses clear. It also helps me cough out any stuff percolating in my lungs. But since I am a bilateral lung transplant recipient, my lungs (thankfully) are more clear than clogged with the usual CF gunk.
The way it works, I think, is, if I bike for about 30 minutes on my stationery bike, my sinuses seem less inflamed. But what I was told by my ENT is, exercise releases many things like endorphins and epinephrine, which reduces inflammation and makes it easier to for the our think mucus to drain or dislodge from our sinus tissue. Hence it can be removed more easily. I notice this is true after I exercise and do a nasal lavage, even if the lavage is 10 hours later. The days I bike or play tennis, the crud just comes out easier. Sometimes even in chucks–gross! And if I go in there with a Q-tip, even better. You didn’t hear that last bit from me though.
There are many times I am not motivated to exercise, believe me, but I do it because I prefer having clearer sinuses to taking antibiotics several times a year for chronic infections. To take my mind off of the task at hand I watch whatever can keep me pedaling. And really, a half an hour is not so long but decent enough to get some aerobic benefits. While they are not always immediate, it helps me feel like I am doing something to prevent future illness.
What are your tips about exercise?