Common symptoms include:
- Facial pain/pressure
- Nasal stuffiness
- Nasal discharge
- Loss of smell
- Congestion and headache
- Bad breath
- Dental Pain
The Truth About Acute Sinusitis
Although the condition is often treated with antibiotics, bacteria isn’t the cause of most sinus infections.
It’s been estimated that up to 80% of the U.S. adult population has some form of candida overgrowth (2).
Candida is a fungus that occurs naturally in the human body and is kept in balance by the healthy bacteria in your gut, which actually feed on the yeast. Antibiotics and stress kills off your good bacteria, causing the yeast to overgrow (2).
The pathogenic fungus is particularly difficult to fight because it forms a protective biofilm which renders antibacterial and antifungal medication useless (3). They thrive in moist and dark areas like nasal cavities (4).
Actually, fungal sinusitis is almost exclusively caused by candida overgrowth, although some kinds of fungal sinusitis can also grow into mushroom-like polyps (2,5). The fungus can also cause thrush in the throat and mouth.
In fact, a 1999 study found that that allergic fungal sinusitis is present in most patients with chronic rhinosinusitis.
To be precise 96% had fungal cultures in their nasal secretions. These subsided after anti-inflammatory and antifungal treatment (6).