Sinusitis, Hay Fever, Allergic Rhinitis Explained Sinusitis, Hay Fever, Allergic Rhinitis Explained

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Foreword………………………………………………………………… 1
Acknowledgments……………………………………………………. 5
Table of Contents…………………………………………………….. 7
Part 1 – What’s Making Me Sneeze……………………….. 13
Sinusitis, Hay Fever and Allergic Rhinitis……………………. 14
What is Sinusitis?……………………………………………………. 14
Hay Fever and Allergic Rhinitis………………………………….. 15
The Perfect Nasal “Storm”……………………………………….. 16
The Human Nasal System……………………………………….. 16
Structure of the Nose………………………………………………. 17
Nasal Cavity…………………………………………………………… 18
The Turbinates……………………………………………………….. 18
Ostiometal Complex……………………………………………….. 19
A Closer Look at the Sinuses……………………………………. 20
Ethmoid Sinuses…………………………………………………….. 20
Maxillary Sinuses…………………………………………………….. 21
Frontal Sinuses………………………………………………………. 21
Sphenoid Sinuses…………………………………………………… 22
Internal Structure of the Sinuses………………………………. 22
Why Do We Have Sinuses?……………………………………. 23
What Causes Sinusitis……………………………………………. 24
Your Body’s Response to Infection……………………………. 24
Part 2 – Diagnosing and Treating Sinusitis…………… 27
Major Sinusitis Symptoms………………………………………. 28
Pressure and Pain…………………………………………………. 28
Congestion and Difficulty Breathing………………………….. 29
Postnasal Drip and Sore Throat………………………………. 29
Other Potential Symptoms……………………………………… 30
Difficulties in Diagnosis…………………………………………… 31
The Common Cold and Allergic Rhinitis…………………… 31
Visiting Your Doctor………………………………………………… 32
X-Rays or CT Scan?………………………………………………. 33
First Line Treatment……………………………………………….. 34
Referral to an ENT………………………………………………….. 35
Endoscopic Examination…………………………………………. 35
Nasal Polyps and Cysts………………………………………….. 36
Nasal Tumors………………………………………………………… 37
Discovering Allergic Rhinitis…………………………………….. 38
Additional Testing……………………………………………………. 38
Understanding Acute Sinusitis…………………………………. 40
Treating Acute Sinusitis…………………………………………… 40
Prescription Medications…………………………………………. 42
The Problem with Decongestants……………………………. 43
Nasal Sprays and Rebound…………………………………….. 43
Oral Decongestants……………………………………………….. 45
Acute Sinusitis and Surgery…………………………………….. 45
Part 3 – The Challenge of Chronic Sinusitis………… 47
Diagnosing Chronic Sinusitis………………………………….. 48
Physical Abnormalities……………………………………………. 48
Chronic Inflammation……………………………………………… 49
Combined Root Causes…………………………………………. 50
Vacuum Sinusitis…………………………………………………… 51
Fungus-Related Sinusitis……………………………………….. 52
Treating Chronic Sinusitis………………………………………. 53
Nasal Irrigation Methods…………………………………………. 54
Home Humidifiers………………………………………………….. 56
Nasal Tapes or Strips……………………………………………. 57
Saline, the Safe Nasal Spray………………………………….. 58
Cold and Allergy Medications…………………………………. 58
Prescription Corticosteroids…………………………………… 61
Antibiotics in Detail……………………………………………….. 63
Culturing Bacteria…………………………………………………. 64
Classes of Antibiotics……………………………………………. 65
The Decision to Have Surgery……………………………….. 67
Your Doctor’s Recommendation……………………………. 68
The Decision is Yours…………………………………………… 68
Consider Personal Risk Tolerance…………………………. 69
Minimally Invasive Procedure………………………………… 69
Advanced Sinus Surgeries……………………………………. 70
Recovering from Sinus Surgery…………………………….. 71
Second or “Revision” Surgeries……………………………. 73
Part 4 – Lifestyle and Alternative Therapies………. 75
The Link to Food Allergies…………………………………….. 75
Sinusitis and Alcohol……………………………………………. 75
Sinusitis and Tobacco………………………………………….. 76
Alternative Sinusitis Therapies……………………………… 76
Acupuncture………………………………………………………. 77
Herbs………………………………………………………………… 78
Vitamins and Minerals…………………………………………. 79
The Role of Stress in Sinusitis………………………………79
Part 5 – Frequently Asked Questions………………… 81
The Basics…………………………………………………………. 81
Acute Sinusitis……………………………………………………. 83
Allergic Rhinitis…………………………………………………… 91
Chronic Sinusitis………………………………………………… 95
Lifestyle and Alternative Treatments…………………….. 101
Afterword………………………………………………………….. 105
Relevant Websites…………………………………………….. 109
Glossary……………………………………………………………. 111
Index…………………………………………………………………. 119

 

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Frederick Earlstein

I love to write medical education books. My books are written for everyone in an easy to read and understandable style. Some of my other titles available on Amazon (and various other book retailers) are "Degenerative Disc Disease Explained" (ISBN 978-0-989658-48-5)"Scabies and Lice Explained" (ISBN 978-1-941070-01-7) - "Torticollis Explained. A Complete Care Guide" (ISBN 978-1-941070-05-5).... and many more to come! Many of my titles are also available for Kindle on Amazon and as digital eBooks from various online retailers.

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