In this medical video learn about a new drug used to treat allergies and other sinus problems.
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Jennifer Matthews: Flowers never looked or smelled so good to Joanne Clark, until recently her chronic sinus infections have taken away her sense of smell and replaced it with headaches and fatiques. Joanne Clark: Sometimes the most comforting thing to do is to put head down on a pillow because then you don't have to hold it up anymore. Jennifer Matthews: She has tried antibiotics, acupuncture and herbs. After three sinus surgeries failed to help, she found Doctor Winston Vaughan. He offered her an alternative. Doctor Winston Vaughan: This is started by a pharmacist in Santa Barbara, asking me a simple question, 'Why don't you guys just blow it up the nose?' Jennifer Matthews: That's exactly what they did. This machine turns antibiotics into a mist that patients can inhale. Doctor Winston Vaughan: We are delivering the medications directly to where you need it and not all over the body. Jennifer Matthews: By doing that, side effects of standard treatments like nausea, muscle ache, and rashes are eliminated. Doctor Winston Vaughan: This new treatment option for patients is a significant step forward, especially for patients who have multiple infections. Jennifer Matthews: One study shows nearly 80% of patients had a significant improvement in symptoms. Patients also stayed infection free for an average of 17weeks compare to 6 weeks before. Joanne Clark: One time, I went seven months without a sinus infection. Jennifer Matthews: Joanne used to average more than 10 infections a year. Now it's less than 4. Joanne Clark: I now have a quality that is almost like it was before I started having sinus infections. Jennifer Matthew: This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.