Do you suffer from chronic sinusitis? If so, you might be surprised to hear that there is a link between this frustrating condition and Candida. Your regular sinus infections might just be caused by the exact same pathogenic fungus that causes digestive problems, yeast infections, headaches, and fatigue.
A study by the Mayo clinic looked at a group of 210 chronic sinusitis sufferers. They collected mucus from the nasal cavity of each of these patients, and tested each sample for fungi and bacteria. The result? They found that an incredible 96% of those patients had fungi in their mucus. In fact the average patient had around 3 different strains of fungus in his or her mucus.
The researchers concluded that the traditional assumptions about chronic sinus infections (that only 10% were fungi-related) were wrong. In fact, they were being caused by the body’s reaction to pathogenic fungi like Candida albicans. In patients with a sensitivity to fungi, the presence of fungal cells in the nasal cavity triggered an immune response that resulted in irritation, inflammation, and sinusitis.
Of course, this means that the usual method of treating chronic sinus infections was wrong too. Although most acute (short term) sinus infections are in fact caused by bacteria, we now know that the chronic (repeated, longer term) sinus infections tend to be fungal. So the regular treatment of antibiotics would work for acute sinusitis but not for chronic sinusitis.
In fact, treating a chronic sinus infection with antibiotics could actually make it worse, because the balance of the intestinal flora would be further disturbed.
Even though the evidence might seem clear, this hasn’t filtered through to common medical practice. Just take a look at the list of most common treatments for sinusitis on WebMD.com. First on the list, at time of writing, is antibiotics (even though a chronic infection is far more likely to be fungal than bacterial). Next up are decongestants to relieve nasal congestion, analgesics to relieve any pain, and finally corticosteroids to reduce inflammation.
These treatments are either addressing the wrong problem (i.e. the antibiotics) or simply attempting to relieve the symptoms. The one thing that is totally absent from this list is any kind of treatment for fungal infection. And according to the research from the Mayo Clinic, there’s a 96% chance that is the underlying cause of your chronic sinus problems.
Treatments For Chronic Sinusitis
You may not have to resort to steroid treatments or surgery to cure your chronic infections. In fact, you should consider a change in diet and some natural antifungals before you commit to more drastic measures.
A 2004 study looked at antifungal treatments for chronic sinus infections. The study found that applying an antifungal gel to the inside of the nasal cavity reduced inflammation and swelling in 70% of patients tested.
This shows how antifungals can reduce your symptoms, but preventing them from coming back is a whole different story. Here’s where your Candida treatment plan comes in. Treating your underlying Candida overgrowth changes the environment in your body and makes it less susceptible to fungal infections. This means that when yeast or fungi enter your nose, they are less likely to cause an immune response and your sinuses won’t become inflamed.
The basics of the Candida treatment plan should be familiar to you by now. Start with a low-sugar diet, some natural antifungals, and a good probiotic. If you would like to learn more, my Ultimate Candida Diet program contains detailed information on all three of these steps. The order in which you use these therapies, and the length of time that you spend on each, is important to avoid a Herxheimer reaction (otherwise known as Candida Die-Off).
Two More Ways To Reduce Your Sinusitis Symptoms
If you suspect that you are suffering from fungal sinus infections, following a Candida treatment plan can give you long term relief. However there are also some natural ways to immediately relieve your symptoms without a trip to the doctor.
Rinsing your sinuses with a ‘Neti pot’ is a great way to remove fungi and bacteria from your nasal cavity. It also helps to fight the excess mucus that is associated with a sinus infection. You should use a small amount of salt with distilled water (follow the manufacturer’s instructions for exact amounts). Simply pour the saline water into one nostril and allow it to drain out of the other. It’s easier than it sounds and it can give really fast results.
You can also use aromatherapy to provide relief from sinus infections. Peppermint and rosemary are the two essential oils that are most frequently used. The best way to get these into your sinuses is to steam them. Add a few drops into a bowl and then fill it with boiling water. Now cover your head with a large towel and lean over the bowl. A few minutes of breathing in the steam and essential oils should give you some relief from your symptoms.
Treating Your Candida Could Eliminate Your Chronic Sinusitis
We all know that one of the failings of modern medicine is the way it focuses narrowly on symptoms and specific parts of the body, rather than taking a more holistic approach. This is particularly true when it comes to diagnosing and treating Candida sufferers.
Candida is a condition that can result in a variety of different symptoms, and indeed sinus infections are one of many examples. An estimated 37 million Americans suffer from chronic sinusitis, but a few simple dietary changes and some natural supplements could provide many of them with relief from their symptoms. Check out the Ultimate Candida Diet program that I wrote with Dr. Eric Wood for more detailed information.