Some sinus infections are caused by fungus. Even though many of
the general treatments for sinus infection may work for fungal sinusitis, special medicines for treating fungal
sinus infections are required.
Fungal sinus infection or Fungal sinusitis tends to go overlooked as a cause of
sinusitis, partly because of the rarity of fungal sinus infections. Most cases of sinus infection are caused by
bacteria. As such these types of sinus infection can be effectively treated with antibiotics. Yet fungal sinus
infections may not respond to the types of antibiotics most commonly used for sinus infections.
Major Fungal Sinus Infection Symptoms
In addition to the major chronic sinus infection symptoms, the following symptoms
would indicate a fungal sinus infection:
1. Frequent bouts of fever. The fever can come and go.
It is common to have fever lasting 5 days, recover and a few of days later, you are down again
with another bout.
2. Persistent sore throat which does not heal. This is caused by oral thrush, a fungal infection, medically known
as Candida Esophagitis. The main cause of thrush is a weakened immune system. It may also be caused by the
destruction of the good bacteria in the body due to consumption of too much antibiotics.
3. Feeling extremely sick and weak. You will look very pale and have extremely low levels of
Diagnosing Fungal Sinus Infections
If your symptoms of sinus infection do not go away or show marked improvement after a few days
of over the counter medication, it’s time to consult a professional. Your doctor will ask you about your history of
sinus infection and symptoms, and may want to x-ray your sinuses.
General sinusitis symptoms include localized pain and inflammation in affected and surrounding
areas. Sinus infections caused by fungus are rare, but not unheard of. Although fungal organisms are abundant and
commonly found in many environments, they are typically harmless to those with healthy immune systems. Only in
cases of compromised immune systems or extreme fungal conditions do fungal sinus infections
If your case of fungal sinus infection is not related to allergies it’s important to inspect
your living areas for signs of fungal infestation.
In some very humid places fungus can easily get out of hand and contaminate fabric, such as
pillow cases and other bed clothes.
Since we spend about a third of our lives breathing in air right next to these surfaces it’s a
good idea to make sure your sheets are washed in sufficiently hot water. The purchase of a quality indoor air purifier is another very good
Remember to keep your immune system strong. Only by doing so can you hope to avoid a
fungal sinus infection!