Complementary therapy self-care information for patients: Catarrh and sinusitis

Spring 2014
David Peters and Helen Cooke

Although there is a lack of gold standard research evidence in this area, we both experience that the therapies listed here can be useful in everyday healthcare.We believe the relevant information should be made available if there is some evidence of benefit, positive clinical experience, an absence of safety concerns and patients wish to try them. Hence the return of this popular series on the evidence-informed potential for trying complementary therapies and self-care approaches.

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Catarrh – a rather old-fashioned term for over-production of mucus – can be in response to infection or an allergy or – so it is often said, because a person is eating a ‘mucus-producing diet’. (The idea is controversial but anecdotal evidence suggests that persistent ‘catarrh’ is sometimes due to a food intolerance). Allergy to pollen, house dust mite or animal dander (the dead skin shed by pets) is certainly a common cause, and this would usually stop once exposure to the allergen ceases.