Sinus infections, the cause of untold misery, strike about 37 million people in the . each year.
On the surface of things, the cause of sinus trouble is clear. Teeny holes that connect your nasal passages to your sinuses (basically a collection of hollow, moist cavities that lurk beneath your nose, eyes, and cheeks) get blocked. Then gunk builds up in your sinuses, germs may grow, and you feel, well, hideous.
But the cause of the blockage is sometimes trickier to figure out. Here are 13 things that can cause an acute sinus infection (the most common type) and, in some cases, lead to a chronic sinus infection.
Google how gluten intolerance can cause post nasal drip. I also thought my allergies were coming back (got shots for 10 yrs, every week about 12 yrs ago). For the past year or so my post nasal drip has gotten worse (daily, monthly, any season). Allergy meds, flonase, etc do nothing. Now I find there’s a connection to gluten. I also have other gluten intolerance symptoms that I have always attributed to IBS. I get allergy tested next week just to make sure. The day after the test, I will be going gluten free. I have noticed that my post nasal drip is horrible after I eat processed foods (breads, pizza, etc).
Sorry to hear about your son’s struggles. It sounds like you’re doing all the right things. For kids with chronic rhinitis and chronic cough, I am suspicious of reflux (GER/GERD) as a contributing factor. Take a look at the articles on this site for that topic. Regarding the precise amount of Manuka honey to use, it ends up being about a tablespoon for an 8-oz bottle of saline. Manuka honey may help reduce inflammation, studies have found that Manuka contains both a strong anti-microbial, and strong anti-inflammatory agents … worth a try.
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