However, it is also noteworthy that good bacteria seek to dominate and protect every tissue of your body, not just your digestive system. There are beneficial bacteria in your nasal passages, nose, throat, and ears as well. A sinus infection is often the result of bad bacteria overtaking the good, causing mucus and blockages that lead to the infection. A prescription of antibiotics will kill not only the bad bacteria but also the good, making your nasal passages more susceptible to future frequent infections.
An effective dose of probiotics can help to guard your nasal passages from the bad pathogens that will try to take over and plug up the works! Some research also indicates that an effective probiotic can be helpful in reducing nasal congestion associated with seasonal allergies. This is very interesting because in Chinese medicine it is believed that sinus issues are almost always related to the gut!
I personally have been taking probiotics consistently for over a year and have yet to get a sinus infection during that time. Prior to that, I was having consistent sinus problems, around 3 infections per year, and was consulting ear, nose, and throat specialists about the need for sinus surgery. I have also noticed improvements in my digestive health, especially in situations where my routines are altered, such as traveling. I believe that we are just beginning to discover the depth of the benefits of effective probiotics!