There is a particularly high incidence in Ireland of respiratory infections including Sinusitus and Chest infections and this is partly related to our damp climate. In general, infections peak from September to around April and many people get on a spiral of recurrent antibiotics and infections. Antibiotics and nasal sprays can obviously be very beneficial but people are concerned about the possible long term side effects.
Other treatment approaches can be very useful in these problems:
- Allergy diagnosis and testing. The increased mucus and moisture present in the nose is a suitable breeding ground for infection and patients with allergic nose symptoms are more at risk of recurrent infections. Allergy management is crucial in this condition and this includes a comprehensive history taking as well as allergy testing. One of the reasons for peaking of infections in winter months is increased rhinitis due to dust mite and mould allergy. Dust mite elimination techniques are helpful but often not sufficient and house dust mite de-sensitisation is often of benefit.The low dose neutralisation method used at the Clinic involves testing with specially prepared dilutions of house dust mite to find a particular concentration which clears symptoms. No injections are involved and these drops, taken regularly over a period of months, often relieves symptoms and builds up long term immunity to dust mite. This can be similarly used in relation to grass pollen neutralisation.
- Yeast/sugar sensitivity (Candida Syndrome)
This refers to patients who have yeast/sugar sensitivity, often with a history of frequent antibiotics, fungal infections, thrush, irritable bowel syndrome and a variety of other symptoms. Treatment of this condition by a combination of diet, supplements, homeopathy and herbal medicines improves overall well being and immunity as well as reducing overall tendency to allergies.
- Our modern diets are not as healthy as we would like to believe, with a high intake of refined carbohydrates, caffeine and alcohol. Patients with recurrent infections can benefit from a variety of supplements including B Vitamins, Zinc, Probiotics, Vitamin C, Garlic and short courses of Echinacea.