Here at Cosmetic Dentistry of San Antonio, Dr. Camacho will frequently see patients who are complaining of a toothache in the upper jaw that is related to sinus problems and/or sinus infections. If you live in Texas you are most likely suffering, or know someone who is, of seasonal allergies. A walk down the aisle at your neighborhood drugstore assures you that you are not alone with whole sections devoted to allergy and cold medication. Some of these medications have serious side-effects and most people do not really like to take them daily.
When most people think of mucus they think of stuffy noses, allergies, a cold or the flu. The fact is that mucus is your friend. It plays a major role in sinus health. The hair in your nose traps irritants and the mucus helps to flush out irritants. The problem is when there is too much mucous or it gets thick or sticky. You also don’t want to dry out your sinuses either. Drying can leave behind pockets of dried mucus where irritants and bacteria can get trapped.
It seems that probiotics in general support a healthy immune system and that certain strains can help to improve overall nasal health. A study out of Yale University also supports the use of Probiotics for acute childhood diarrhea, prevention of antibiotic associated diarrhea and also treating and preventing eczema associated with cow’s milk allergy to name just a few benefits.
A Swiss study found that four specific probiotics (friendly bacteria) can help to support a healthy nasal environment. They also found that N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC), an anti-oxidant, can help to break up thick, sticky mucus. iFlora nasal is a product developed by Sedona Labs that contains these four specific probiotics and a therapeutic dose of NAC to support daily and seasonal sinus health.
iFlora can be ordered from Amazon.com You can also put in a request to Whole Foods and they can usually order special items.