How to cure those sinus problems once and for all
Wake up and smell the coffee? You wish!
If you're among the estimated 40 million Americans battling chronic sinus problems, you can barely smell a thing.
It's like having a cold that never quite goes away. Or, it's like having allergies -- except it seems like you're allergic to absolutely everything.
I've got a surefire way to beat this condition so you can breathe better than ever -- and I'll share the secret in a moment.
But first, a new study spots a simple drug-free way to breath a little easier... as long as you don't mind getting some strange looks.
It's those little strips and tubes people use at night to stop snoring.
The strips look almost like a Band-Aid and go across the nose, while the tubes go inside and stick out just a little bit.
They work the same way: They hold the nostrils open just a little wider to let a little more air in, and the new analysis of 10 studies finds that if you're willing to wear them all day long, you can get some relief from chronic sinus problems.
The downside -- in addition to the strange looks -- is that none of these things are very comfortable, especially for all-day use.
But they're certainly better than drugs or surgery.
Over-the-counter meds can make you loopy, groggy, and cranky, while the prescription glucocorticoids used to cut inflammation in the sinuses can weaken your immune system and expose you to infection risk.
Surgery is even worse.
Sinus surgery is an extremely tricky procedure in a very delicate area. If anything goes wrong, a stuffy nose will be the least of your worries.
A botched sinus surgery can damage your vision... cause problems in your mouth, jaw, and teeth... or even lead to permanent headaches.
In some cases, the surgery doesn't even help much.
So naturally, the research team behind the new study suggests that sinus patients try nasal strips or tubes before turning to surgery, and that makes at least some sense.
But I've got something better than all of the above.
I've found that most cases of chronic sinus infections are caused by fungal growth and fungal infections. Mainstream docs will tell you the only way to treat it is with surgery to remove the infected tissue, but that's just not true.
Grapefruit seed extract and oregano oil in the form of a nasal spray can often wipe the infection out, sometimes in a matter of days.
If you've tried those and they don't work, or don't clear it up completely, food sensitivities and/or undiagnosed allergies could also play a role. A holistic medical doctor can test for the causes and come up with a treatment plan that's right for you.