I look forward to a new year where more progress will be made in treating sinusitis. There are many causes and just as many treatments and diagnostic aids. Its a real jungle to sort through all the information, theories and well intended advice from everywhere.
Here is my personal view of some trends and topics for chronic sinusitis in 2013.
- Healthy lifestyles: diets of various kinds (ie gluten free, dairy free, vegan and many others), exercise, stress reductions, sleep, meditation and state of mind.
- Probiotics: the jury is still out on effectiveness, but the sheer interest in this topic should keep it high in discussions. Hopefully new research and clinical trials will shed further light.Have you heard of new ones?
- Drugs: not sure of any new drugs coming out. Stay tuned. Do you know of any?
- Management plan: what each of us is doing on a daily basis to assess our condition and the effect of current treatment. In this age of mobile devices and social interaction - new approaches, tools and apps may emerge.
I am focusing on my management plan more closely this coming year. I started a daily log of current treatment and assessment about 6 months ago. It helps me to spot trends. I think it can contribute to helping me improve symptoms. I'll talk more about this soon.