This article is based on Mayo Clinic’s content.

What is sinusitis?

Acute sinusitis (acute rhinosinusitis) causes inflammation of the cavities that surround the nasal passages (sinuses). This hinders drainage and causes accumulation of mucous.

In acute sinusitis, you may feel short of breath through your nose, your face can swell as well as the area around your eyes. You may also experience a throbbing facial and head pain.

Acute sinusitis is mostly due to the common cold. Unless a bacterial infection develops, the resolution of most cases takes between 7-10 days.

Sinusitis that lasts more than 12 weeks despite medical treatment is called “chronic sinusitis”.

Do you want to know more about sinusitis?

We recommend that you continue reading the Conditions page of the NHS for the public.

What mushrooms have useful properties in sinusitis?

Reishi

Reishi is a potent anti-inflammatory with immunomodulatory properties.

Shiitake

Likewise, several studies have shown antibacterial activity of Shiitake components.

An ideal complement to combat inflammation and bacteria

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