Xylitol for Chronic Sinusitis
“Xylitol for Chronic Sinusitis”
The purpose of this investigation is to conduct a randomized controlled trial within a subgroup of difficult-to-treat patients with CRS, evaluating the use of topical xylitol treatment concurrently with topical steroid/antibiotics combination in the effort to disrupt biofilms and improve disease control. The effectiveness of topical surfactants is a research gap in treating CRS but has promising correlates in other medical fields. Specifically, the investigators will be studying the effect of topical xylitol therapy on biofilm production with the use of PCR bacterial sequencing before and after medical intervention.
Drug - Xylitol
Topical 5% Xylitol (wt/vol) diluted in saline nasal irrigant. Topical corticosteroid and antibiotic as directed by bacterial DNA sequencing results will be diluted in this irrigant and administered concurrently.
Drug - Saline
Saline as a standard-of-care nasal irrigant. Topical corticosteroid and antibiotic as directed by bacterial DNA sequencing results will be diluted in this irrigant and administered concurrently.
Xylitol Topical Irrigation for Treatment of Recalcitrant Chronic Sinusitis