That said, Dr. Jordan Josephson, a sinus and allergy specialist with Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, cautioned that chronic sinusitis is a "very complex problem" for which there is no simple solution.
"Augmenting traditional medicine with Eastern therapies is a very wise thing to do for sinus sufferers," he said. "In my practice, I certainly do this. Because it's not a question of antihistamines or acupuncture."
"And the reason for that is that we're not taking about a cure," Josephson said. "This is not a cold or a sniffle. If you have chronic sinusitis, it's chronic, like diabetes. So, the best thing to do is to treat patients with a combination of diet, antibiotics, antifungals, nasal sprays, allergy treatment, acupuncture, lifestyle changes, irrigation with saline and irrigation with medicines. You need a comprehensive plan for each individual patient that will give them the best chance at control."
For more on chronic sinusitis, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
SOURCES: Jeffrey Suh, M.D., assistant professor, rhinology and skull-based surgery, department of head and neck surgery, University of California, Los Angeles; Jordan Josephson, M.D., sinus and allergy specialist, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City, and director, NY Nasal and Sinus Center; March 2012 Archives of Otolaryngology
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