IVIG Series: Chronic Sinusitis

 

The World Health Organizations recognizes more than 150 primary immunodeficiency diseases. Chronic Sinusitis is probably one of the most common complaints among patients with a primary immune deficiency (PIDD).  It is a persistent inflamation of the mucosal lining characterized by symptoms lasting for more than 12 weeks, where the sinuses become inflamed and swollen.  In addition to a healthy diet, and drinking non-caffeinated beverages, other regimens can be done to make breathing less difficult.  Prior to patients starting any treatments, they should always discuss it with their physician.

 

Keeping the nasal passageways clean and reducing inflammation are important steps and will help you breather freely.  Physicians may recommend using a saline nasal irrigation system to remove daily irritants and remove excessive mucous buildup, and may order steroidal nasal sprays to use along nasal irrigation to help with the inflammation.  Antibiotics and nebulized antibiotics may also be prescribed to help with infections.

 

Chronic, recurring bacterial sinusitis can be frustrating to treat with oral antibiotics.  Additionally, despite treatments with these therapies or surgery, bacterial infections can still occur.  The normal immune system plays an important function in protecting us against infection.  Patients with primary immunodeficiency diseases commonly have an increased risk of infection which may include repeated infections.  Fortunately, with proper medical care, many patients can live full and independent lives.

 

To find out more about IVIG and treatments of immunodeficiency diseases, take a look at our slideshow below.

 



If you would like to know more about treatment options for Chronic Sinusitis, contact NBN Infusions in Cherry Hill, Nj.

By Magued Saad