Do you experience chronic sinusitis? Treatment may be coming your way! Learn more on this Moment of Science.
What I would give if my sinus（窦） problems would go away. The headaches, the face aches, the congestion（鼻塞）–and sometimes it lasts for months and months on end. Antihistamines（抗组胺） and other sinus medications don’t seem to help much.
The problem may be that your chronic sinusitis is caused by an allergic（过敏的） reaction to (1)fungus（真菌）.What I mean is that if that is the case, then the current sinus medications on the market aren’t treating the root of the problem. About five years ago, scientists discovered that the majority of patients who had surgery to treat their chronic sinusitis had fungal（真菌的） organisms（有机体） in their mucus（黏液）.
(2)Clumped（形成一团） around those fungi（真菌类）, they discovered (3)inflammatory（炎症性的） cells, meaning that these people’s immune systems were engaged in battle with the fungi. Common (4)airborne（空气传播的） fungi make their way into the mucus lining of the sinuses in most people.
The problem arises when this fungi triggers an immune response, which it does only in people with chronic sinusitis. It’s this immune system response that damages the sinuses in the process of attacking the fungi.
Is fungus a common cause of Chronic Sinusitis?
Scientists don’t know yet for certain whether or not fungus is a common cause of chronic sinusitis–fungus could account for as few as five percent of chronic sinusitis cases to as many as eighty percent. Several trials of an anti-fungal treatment have been successful in treating the majority of people tested though.
More such trials will eventually lead to a more precise answer to your question. The treatment is still awaiting FDA（Food and Drug Administration (美)食品及药物管理局） approval, but if approved, for those whose chronic sinusitis is caused by fungus, anti-fungal therapy（疗法） will make their lives a lot easier.
Mushrooms, toadstools and mildew are all fungi.
My roses were suffering from fungus.
a clump of bushes
a clump of earth
She clumps about in her heavy boots.
The bacteria clumped together.
2.【医】发炎的; 引起炎症的, 易红肿的
an inflammatory condition of the tonsils
2.航空的, 空动的, 机载的, 风成的; 空降的
Our plane has lifted off the runway and is now airborne.