Last updated February 9, 2019 by Lisa Richards, CNC

Sinus Infections And Candida Overgrowth: Are They Linked?

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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 albicans overgrowth. Your regular sinus infections might actually be caused by the exact same pathogenic fungus that causes digestive problems, yeast infections, headaches, and fatigue.

A 1999 Mayo Clinic study 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? An incredible 96% of these 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 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 typical sinus infection symptoms: irritation, inflammation, and sinusitis.

This means that the usual method of prescribing antibiotics to treat chronic sinus infections needs to be reviewed.

Nasal Candida Infection Treatment Is Misguided

While researching the most common treatments for sinusitis on, the first option to appear on the list is antibiotics. Next are decongestants to relieve nasal congestion, analgesics to relieve any pain, and finally corticosteroids to reduce inflammation. These treatments are all either addressing the wrong problem or simply attempting to temporarily relieve the symptoms.

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The one thing that is totally absent from this list is any kind of treatment for fungal infection.

Antifungals Not Antibiotics For Chronic Sinus Infections

Although most acute (short term) sinus infections are caused by bacteria, we now know that chronic (repeated, longer-term) sinus issues tend to be nasal fungal infections. In fact, 2004 study of antifungal treatments for chronic sinus infections found that applying an antifungal gel to the inside of the nasal cavity reduced inflammation and swelling in 70% of patients tested.

While antibiotics may work for acute sinusitis, they are not treatment for chronic sinusitis. Treating a chronic sinus fungal infection with antibiotics may actually worsen long-term effects. One short course of antibiotics can cause permanent changes to flora in the digestive system. This is important as the balance of healthy bacteria in the gut assists with immune response and this disruption may be responsible for pathogen overgrowth.

Medical science doesn’t completely understand the long-term effect that antibiotics has on this flora, and receiving the typical course of antibiotics for a fungal infection is cause for concern.

Temporary Sinus Infection Remedies

If you suspect that you are suffering from fungal sinus infections, following a Candida treatment plan can give you long term relief without visiting a doctor. There are some home remedies for sinus infections to immediately relieve symptoms until your Candida treatment begins working.

Candida Sinus Rinse

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 associated with a sinus infection.

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 via the spout and allow it to drain out of the other. It’s easier than it sounds and it can give incredibly fast, lasting sinus pressure relief.

Essential Oils Aromatherapy

Peppermint and rosemary essential oils are frequently used to combat sinus infection discomfort. The best way to get these into your sinuses is to steam them.

Add a few drops into a glass bowl and then fill it with boiling (distilled) water. 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.

Long-Term Relief From Candida Symptoms

While antifungals can reduce your sinusitis symptoms, preventing them from coming back is another story. The only way to make your body less susceptible to fungal infections is to treat your underlying Candida overgrowth with cleansing, a healthy diet and regular probiotic use. By following treatment, yeast or fungi are less likely to cause an immune response and your sinuses won’t become inflamed.

Candida infections can result in a variety of different symptoms, and indeed a sinus infection is only one of many examples, affecting an estimated 37 million Americans. Luckily, you may not need to resort to steroid treatments or surgery to fully cure your chronic infections.

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  1. Vivian MacLean says:

    So pleased to see this article this morning. I have been fighting my chronic sinus infection naturally for 4 weeks, but have no desire to use an antibiotic for a quick fix. I now believe that my chronic sinusitis and asthma are both related to a Candida infection that started 20 years ago. I have just recently stopped my asthma medication with no return of symptoms and my sinus infection is SLOWLY getting better. Your web site and program have been so helpful.

    1. Hi Vivian! Thanks so much, I’m glad you find it helpful!

    2. Btenda says:

      Wow…I’m so excited to read this.
      My story is just about the same I have asthma & very bad sinus problems.
      I have Candida yeast problems for years.
      I’m going to keep reading up on all this stuff👍😊I really feel like I’m going to be able to do something about all this now. Thank you for sharing👍

  2. Donna Minton says:

    I am on week 4of my cleanse. I have horrible allergies. Terrible sinus drainage that results in serious coughing. How often is it advise able to use the Nettie pot or bottle. I personally prefer the bottle. Thanks

    1. Hi Donna! Take a look at the instructions with whatever product you’re using, but usually 1-2 times a day is fine in the short term. Once you’re feeling better though, you should try to use it only a few times a week.

  3. Tanya V says:

    I use a Neti Pot every morning and put 3-4 drops of grape seed extract in it with the saline. I find it works wonders!

    1. corinne says:

      do you have candidiasis?

      1. Tanya V says:

        I do. And I also did a hemocode test (food sensitivity) and am sensitive to beef, beef liver, all dairy (including yogurt) strawberries, eggplant and cocoa.

        1. Tanya V says:

          I mention that because I find that the dairy can create excess mucus as well.

        2. Toni says:

          That sounds like you may be reacting to mycotoxins in those food, as well as histamines due to the nightshade allergies

        3. L.R.H. says:

          I’ve had candida overgrowth since i was 17 (am now 46)and mine comes in the form of fungal rashes (tinea versicolor) and fungal sinus infections. I went vegan 2 1/2 years ago, which improved things a lot. I still get the overgrowth in my sinuses from time to time and need to keep up on the neti pot. I put a few drops of Grapefruit seed extract in 8 oz. of warm water. The GSE is a powerful antifungal.

          1. Btenda says:

            Thank you didn’t know that about the GSE

      2. corinne says:

        I constantly suffer with sinus problems but I think I have an overgrowth of the candida in my intestinal tract and think I had it for many years. I am finally figuring out that the diet of carbs feeds the yeast I am taking an antifungal but somethimes I think it is gone and then stop but when I eat something with more carbs it comes back can you offer advice here. thanks, corinne

  4. Suzanne says:

    What kind of antifungal gel do you recommend for the nose?

    1. Lisa Richards says:

      Hi Suzanne! That study used Amphotericin-B gel, but to be honest I’m not sure if there are any antifungal gels commercially available for the nose. Perhaps one of our other readers might know of one?

    2. Virginia Harless says:

      I have been plagued with sinus since October 2012.
      It led to pnuemonia and I don’t seem to be able to rid myself of sinus problems.
      PLEASE if you have a renedy I need it for I am still suffering with sinus and over a periiod of 4 months.

      1. Edy says:

        I am a candida sufferer since many years , all was under control until I got a heart attack , candida flared up and I am fighting since over 2 years , also have constant sinus issues which I know are candida related , I just ordered from Seagate( no I am not affiliated) olive oil nasal spray, and hope this will clear up my sinuses for good

        1. nancy hay says:

          i too am a candida sufferer.. with nutritionist help . and off carbs i got better.
          now 13 years later.. i have a pressure in my upper back, then i get the throat clearing…
          and i get sinus.. any one out there have an upper back issue like under left wing of back?
          thank you

          1. Rhonda Joe says:

            yes, I get the pressure or pain in my back under the scapula.. I know it’s the lungs. my Ear Nose and Throat Dr. has put me on a Musinex (or I do the generic) with the same exact ingrediants.. he want’s me to take 1200 miligrams a day. though I’m only able to take it when I have enough money.. it can get expensive. but to your question. I do get the pressure and feel it has to do with the mucus that I”m not able to cough up with out the musinex.
            I also feel it’s a candida even though it’ hasen’t been diagnosed as such.
            I have an odor to me that’s offensive.. it’s due to the chronic sinuse infection.. I’m sure of it. so going all natural in my diet with medicinal herbs and better eating trying to stay away from sugers is almost impossible but I’m managing..

          2. Deni says:

            I read that pain has something to do with the liver.

  5. We’ve recently been going through mold abatement in the home we’ve rented for some 8 years. Many strains of spores were found, including the serious black mold types. I have been feeling crappy for years. The last year of both of us coughing, headaches, sinus troubles, had made me wonder if there is a recurrence of the mold issues in this house and I was right. NOW, I have the smell of vinegar/yeast in my nose and for the first time my mucus is not green but yellow. A nasty chunk of vile tasting stuff came down yesterday. I’m convinced its candida… do you agree? Is there a way to confirm this so I can move forward knowing the Candida Diet will help me?
    ~ Tired of Being Sick

    1. Lisa Richards says:

      Hi Kimberley! The only way to know for sure is to get tested. There are some tests that you can order yourself or ask your doctor to get for you, for example the Candida Antibodies, Candida Immune Complexes or stool tests.

      1. Thank you, Lisa… I needed to know where to start. I don’t think he has this information. I told him last week I suspected it but he kinda poo pooed it, which is unlike him. I will give him some info from your website. I think I also need to be tested for the spores that were in the mold lab results to find out what else in the house I am allergic to and their effects. Appreciate the help! You will most likely be hearing from me again!

    2. Christie Edwards says:

      Kimberly, usually the gunk that you cough out it looks like what you would blow out of your nose when you have a bad sinus infection. Been dealing with it too long myself as well.

    3. Denise Elliott says:

      Kimberly my heart goes out to you!! I know exactly what you’ve went through!! I only hope you have recovered or healing from this. I too am dealing with mold and Candida in my sinuses and vaginal. It’s been 7 years now. I also have H-Pylori. I have been on a special diet for 3 months now!!! And taking Mastic Gum , Colloidal silver and Chlorophyll. Can you give me so advice?

  6. Susan says:

    The best anti-fungal natural or chemical is raw garlic. I know what you are thinking but the smell is easily taken care of. There are many foods that takes the smell and taste away; Italian (flat leaf) parsley in your food, lemon in your water are what I go to. However, there are many more. The reason you should do raw garlic? It put me in a 6 month remission where I was my healthy energetic self. I ate normally, sweets only in moderation, was exercising and felt great. Then I went crazy eating sweet after sweet and that was the end of my remission, til now. Don’t waste your money on garlic pills they had no effect

    Best benefit is you get practically immediate results. It fixed the symptoms candida caused like my insomnia, chronic sinusitis, bloating, food intolerance just to name a few. I lived like the healthy normal person I was before candida. Because of taste and burning sensation many people can’t eat raw garlic directly so you can cut it up and put it in any foods.

    Garlic will thin out blood so those with those type of issues should check with their doctor.

    If you candida infection has been going on a long time, has evolved into leaky gut and systemic candida you will need to have more garlic on the beginning days. How much you need depends on how bad your infection has become.

    I thank God for garlic. It is cheap, easily accessible, no rx needed is huge. Most of all it works. Nothing I’ve tried in the 20 plus years I’ve had candida can compare in the slightest. I’ve tried the natural anti-fungals but those only made me more tired and didn’t have any effect. The rx anti fungals were powerless minus Diflucan which only marginally worked but only while on the rx. Probiotics did a lot in the beginning but quickly stopped working. To take them as well as eating garlic will double your progression against candida. Since there are so many kinds of probiotics and the information about them conflicting I find the choosing confusing.

    One of the best things about raw garlic is no herx reaction.

    Sorry for such a long post. It wasn’t intentional.

    You will never know if raw garlic can beat your candida unless you try. And the feeling good results are worth any slight inconvenience.

    1. Irene says:

      Thank you. I have to try getting my daughter who has candida to take raw garlic, she tried once but it was very spicy and hard to swallow even taken with food. It’s hard when it comes to a child.

      Does cooked garlic help? I gave her oregano oil and grape seed extract last year, but she still has candida. Sad.

      1. Maria says:

        Re: trying to get a child to eat garlic. We chop up the garlic and put it in yogurt. Helps disguise the taste and gets it down easier and works. I use it when the kids get sick with colds or sore throats. Hope that helps

        1. Dee Adams says:

          I have found that raw garlic with raw honey will kill just about any illness my family gets, better that antibiotics or OTC meds. After you chop the garlic, let it sit a few minutes, it will increase in nutrition after you chop it. (Kind of like cracking a glow stick to activate it.). Cover a big spoonful of garlic in raw honey and eat 2-3 times a day. It’s the REAL Wonder Drug!

      2. melanie says:

        I suffered from yeast infection for years. 3 weeks ago I started to eat low carbs and no sugar diet. I am also cosuming probiotics like Kefir, Yogurt, garlic and cultured vegetables( all homemade)I also take herbal tea. I take 2 tablespoons of coconut oil on an empty stomach in the morning and also rub the oil into my itching skin and it worked. It took me 2 days of using coconut oil on my skin and orally and the symptoms are gone.

    2. Eddie says:

      Thanks for the great post Susan. I was wondering if roasting the garlic would affect it’s healing properties? Also, I’ve read some good things about olive leaf extract being great for treating Candida. Recently read a book on it and it really sounds promising. Thanks again.

      1. saber says:

        olive leaf extract is waste of time and money i did try it ,i think olive oil is too much better

    3. Carolyn Dunbar says:

      How much garlic are we talking about daily?? I have been convinced for years that I have this problem, but of course, medical doctors disagree.
      I am taking my health into my own hands.
      And thank you for your post!!!

    4. Adrian says:

      I read something online that said no onions or garlic. You said garlic is good. How do you keep from smelling with garlic are the pills just as effective?

    5. Jackie A. says:

      I found that raw garlic was the best way to get rid of my C. albicans, too. I’d chop up several cloves of fresh organic garlic, add a bit of EEVO and sea salt, let it set for a few minutes and it’s yummy to eat. It’s good in scrambled eggs – heat organic olive oil or organic butter in a pan and simmer several cloves of chopped garlic, turn the stove off before the garlic begins to brown, it will get bitter, and cover, letting the garlic infuse the oil or butter. Scramble two or three eggs, touch of sea salt, touch of EVOO in the eggs and cook – it’s great tasting.

      (make sure it isn’t garlic grown in China, not really organic from there, due to heavy metals in the soil and water.)

    6. Ravi Athwal says:

      Yes absolutely right realy…raw garlic and coconut oil..super fighters against candida……

    7. Btenda says:

      Thank you so much. Great info here.
      You described me to the T
      I’m thankful for your post!👍😊

  7. Marilyn says:

    I have been using coconut oil inside my nose and it seems to help. No colds or sinus problems and my nose feels clear.

    1. Irene says:

      Hi Marilyn,
      How do you do that? Recommended for children?

  8. Irene says:

    M 8yo daughter has candidiasis, and she has sinus almost very other day. Some days are worse but we havent done anything about it because we thought all these while it is due to her severe allergies to dust mites. But this article makes sense. However, living in Malaysia here, we don’t have netti pot, have not even heard of it.

    What kind of natural antifungal are we talking about? Oregano oil? Garlic (cooked with rice, can)? Does tea tree oil help by breathing in the steam?

    1. Lesley says:

      Irene, I ordered my neti-pot online, maybe you can get one that way? They work really well and have become very mainstream. Good luck!

    2. Michele says:

      Irene…I cut out dairy and sinuses issues have gone away. Give it a try for your daughter! 20 years of suffering and no more!

      1. Lea Paige says:

        Having severe Candida in sinuses and eating raw garlic day one having herxing as well ! Anyone been through sinus issues ! I can breath fine but any carb or sugar my face gets tingly and tight

  9. Eddie says:

    Does anyone know if a severe candida overgrowth can be controlled or eliminated with a strict diet and natural antifungals? I know there are prescribed antifungals, but I prefer not to take them and they are expensive as well.

    1. Lisa Richards says:

      Hi Eddie! Yes it certainly can, but you should take 2-3 natural antifungals at the same time to prevent the Candida from adapting to the treatment. You should also take a good probiotic like Healthy Origins 30bn –

      1. Eddie says:

        Hi Lisa,
        I’ve been researching candida and read that one should switch natural antifungals every 5 days to prevent the candida from adapting to the antifungal. Not sure if it works, but it’s worth a try. It will be very difficult once I begin, since i have a super sweet tooth. Maybe it’s the candida’s way of asking for a sugar fix. Thanks

        1. Lisa Richards says:

          That’s a very common but unfortunately very misguided piece of advice. Rotating your antifungals is actually what allows the Candida to develop resistance. Each antifungal might weaken the Candida by killing a few cells, but those that are left develop resistance and come back even stronger. You should take 2-3 good antifungals at the same time for the best chance to beat your Candida. There is really no scientific evidence justifying a ‘rotation’ treatment.

          1. Eddie says:

            Thanks Lisa! 🙂

  10. Suzanne says:

    I have found this article very helpful. I have started following the suggestions. I did find an antifungal nasal emollient called Ponaris that contains oils of Pine, Eucalyptus, Ppepermint, Cajeput, and Cottonseed.

    1. Eddie says:

      I am going to order that product. It had a lot of good reviews by the users of the product. Thanks

    2. Chibbike says:

      Hi Suzanne
      I have just read your comments on this nasal antifungal emollient. Please let me know where you get this? I live in Australia, I don’t know if we can get it here.
      Thanks in advance


    3. Biljana says:

      Totally agree with you. I discovered ponaris by accident, while having cold this winter. Then as I started Candida cleanse later on, I realized it helped me with frequent nasal congestion. Just using a drop on q-tips to clean nosrils each morning and sometimes in the evening if needed.

      For the last few month, it seems I kept my candida infection in control, morning-saliva test was good. But recently I started noticing post-nasal drip, and my morning-saliva test failed. I immediately reached for ponaris, after day or two of couple of cleanings, I could breath without issues, no drip or mucus anymore.

      Now, I was just searching specifically for ponaris + candida, to read more if anyone else had this experience.

      1. J.N. says:

        I tried pine essential oil as a nasal emollient and it launched me into the most severe and resistant allergic sinusitis I have ever experienced. This sinusitis is consuming my life. The doctor gave me Levaquin and Cortisone for it and I believe the Levaquin made it worse.

  11. Victoria says:

    Has anyone tried using the raw garlic in a juicer along with some other veggies? any recipes would be welcome, it would make it much more palatable. I am a makeup artist so I cant have garlic on my breath or it would knock my clients out!

    Maybe we could come up with an anti-candida juice!

    1. Eddie says:

      I’ve read that eating it with parsley helps and it’s an oder nuetralizer. Might consider liquid chlorophyll and tht also neutralizes oders.

      1. Deni says:

        Liquid Chlorophyll would also help with candida. Listen to Anthony Robbins on youtube. “The Edge on Alkaline” Very interesting

  12. Susan says:

    I was delighted to see this thread. I have suffered from chronic sinusitis for over 2 years, and it has only just been brought to my attention that it may be candida related. I am awaiting bloodtests…. but in the meantime, is it okay to swallow the garlic whole, or must it be chewed?
    Thank you to all the contributors.

    1. Lisa Richards says:

      Hi Susan! The easiest way to eat it is to chop it up and then wash it down quickly with a glass of water. Chewing garlic can be tough unless you really really like the taste!

      1. RA says:

        I used a 1/2 teaspoon chopped garlic bought in a glass jar at the grocery store in a little bit of water and drink it down. I find it almost immediately calms my stomach. I also sew upholstery thread to a clove of garlic and use it as a suppository for a yeast infection. I do it at bed time and the next morning, the vaginal yeast is gone. This natural cure works better than any prescription I have ever been given. Sometimes I break out in lil bumps which slightly sting. I rub the juice from the jar garlic on them and it gives me relief within minutes and the bumps are usually gone within about 12 hrs.

        I have chronic sinus problems, I am considering making a mild garlic inhaler. I am looking for information, however have yet to find any information for naturally curing yeast in the sinuses.

  13. Paul Casey says:

    It was surprising to read this article and also pleased and saddened. In 1999 I was hospitalized in Utah for a lung infection and then treated with antibiotics and steroids. I then returned to California where I was treated for chronic sinus infections for an entire year with Major antibiotics and steroids without success. I just got tired of the treatments and stopped. Since that time until present I have suffered from most of the symptoms on the List for Candida. Not until the last 5 years until I got involved in natural health did I have a clue what has been wrong. I have taken dairy, sugar and gluten out of my diet and almost feel normal. Have suffered with strange allergic reactions, diarrhea for 15 years, rashes, constant itching of my hands and feet at night. I have been diagnosed with depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar II Disorder, ADHD, Anxiety, IBS, PTSD, and people just treat you like you are crazy. A great deal of the psychiatric problems have cleared up with the dietary changes, but still know that something else is wrong. I still get the Migraine Headaches and I feel like there is something in my head that doesn’t belong there. Recently was given a 3 stage PPD test and part of it tested the Candida Antigen. I immediately reacted and ended up in the ER for 26 hours being treated for a heart attack. I tried to tell them that it was an allergic reaction to the PPD test, but they said that it couldn’t be an allergic reaction to the test. After being discharged with NO heart attack I returned to the clinic where the clinician said that the reaction was to Candida Albicans and that I has systemic candidiiasis. I am presently a volunteer in a clinical trial to test a new anti fungal drug and I am looking forward to the added results of getting rid of this menace that has been destroying my life for over a decade.

    1. Lisa says:

      Oh my ! You have been through hell ! I hope you can find some relief. I sound a lot like you but I have SIBO and I suspect Candida. Sinus issues that will not go away. Currently taking an oral antifungal and it seems to be helping my sinuses a little. Not sure what to do really!

  14. K says:

    If you have a neti-pot put the anti-candida powder in with the saline solution. has cleared up my sinus infections big time.

    1. Btenda says:

      what is the name of the anti candida powder please? Or is that the name?

  15. Your blog on issues of sinus and allergies is very helpful. I would like to offer your readers some information as well. Sinus and allergy symptoms are auto-immune reactions. As such, addressing immune function is always appropriate. We are learning more all the time how intimate the immune system is interwined (they are inseparable) with the nerve system. Because of this, there is often a role for chiropractic health care as nerve excitement or inhibition of the nerve system often has adverse effects on immune responses. We have seen this repeatedly in practice. If you add in other behavioral changes like diet and supplementation and detoxification/purification many patients will see a dramatic change in sinus health and allergy symptoms. I am a case in point.

    Dr. Charles L. Foster
    Chiropractor, Rutland VT

  16. Angela says:

    Hello Lisa
    Please could you advise how to take the ‘Raw garlic’????

  17. Monica says:

    I am doing the diet already for a month and a half.:) garlic is good. You also can make a tea with garlic and lemon. Boil in a pan with a liter of water 5 piece of garlic with one lemon cut an a half
    Boil for 10 minutes, leave get col. You can put in the refrigerator an drink. 3 glasses per day
    Thanks Lisa for all your help. I bought your book. I cooked your recipes .Delicious coconut bread!

  18. Busi says:

    Dear Lisa

    Can a candida sufferer be misdiagnosed with another illness? To be honest, our doctors here in South Africa overlook this menace and instead tell us that we have allergies.

    1. Lisa Richards says:

      Misdiagnosis of Candida is extremely common! This is because the symptoms are non-specific and can resemble so many other conditions.

  19. Mayra says:

    Wow!!! The essential oil blend worked wonderfully… I still can not believe that in a matter of minutes I was pain-free. Thank you for all the info!!!

    Is it recommended to use the oils as maintenance treatment, along with the garlic, the rinse and diet?

    1. Lisa Richards says:

      I’m glad it helped! You should try to stick to the diet for the long term, however the essential oils etc should only be used when you feel symptoms coming on. Hopefully with the improvements in your diet you soon won’t even need them!

  20. kubla17 says:

    10 years ago a rash seemed to be coming out of my nose and making the tissues where the nose meets the face red and inflammed…so I began to treat it with different creams until a fungal ointment called nizoral made it disappear for about a month…eventually the doctor not believing it was fungal, gave me Nyaderm anyway, and I have had to use it only twice in 5 months…The best treatment for the symptom?

    1. Lisa Richards says:

      If you are having to use it regularly, then that could be a sign that you have an underlying Candida overgrowth. Make some changes to your diet and you might find that it doesn’t come back again.

  21. Mary says:

    I am so glad I found this page. I’ve been suffering from sinusitis for 6 months after living in an apartment with mold. After 4 weeks of sinusitis they gave me antibiotics. And then they gave it to me 5 times afterwards, even though nothing worked. They still prescribe it to me, telling me it will work.
    I am absolutely convinced that Candida is the problem. I also have unexplainable rashes, yeast infection and very bad digestion.
    Thank you so much for this site, I believe this more than anything else, it makes so much sense. Food is really one of the easiest way to cure yourself. And the doctors NEVER mentioned candida.

  22. The Fuzzy Camel says:

    This might be overly simplistic, but Baking Soda is the most powerful anti-fungal known.
    I just mixed colloidal silver with baking soda and put it into an mister or atomizer, and would spritz it up my nose. Burns a bit, but it seems to work.

    Any thoughts?

    1. Stella says:

      The diet definitely helps all of my candida symptoms, including sinusitis – I’ve been on it for 3 years. The natural killers like grapefruit seed extract and coconut derivatives taken orally also seem to work slowly but surely. I also use a nasal rinse twice daily. But the colloid silver in nasal spray form gave me amazing sinusitis results quickly – maybe because it goes straight to the “source.” I’ve had to slow my colloid detox as I got quite bad die-off symptoms after just 3 days. Now that I’ve given my body a few days off, I’ll start again on half the recommended dose to slow things down. (And yes, it burns … but it’s nothing compared to 15 years worth of whopping sinus headaches!)

  23. gerianne cerilli says:

    I have also suffered from Candida for years I find that my essential oils helped me tremendously on top of the probiotics & of course diet plays a huge role. If I stay on my diet I’m fine and I can cheat a little bit especially with the oils that are anti-fugal rosemary peppermint thieves and ocotea! There are so many health issues including taking the immune system down that an overgrowth of yeast can cause so it’s really good to try to stay on the diet as much as you can.once you suffer from a serious sinus infection due to an overgrowth of yeast it really makes you realize how important the diet is

    1. Myra says:

      How do you use the oils? Spray in?

  24. Jenn says:

    OMG! I have suffered from chronic sinusitis for years and even had sinus surgery in 2010 that only helped a little. I get a sinus infection once a month and quit bothering my doctors with it all. Sometimes I am blessed with a migraine too. I didn’t want to become immune to the antibiotics. I believe (may that needs to be past tense) my infections are hormonal but no doc would even entertain the thought. I take garlic extract and a good bit of vitamin C – pills and juices (fresh squeezed). Now, after reading this, I’m going to give the diet a shot. Maybe I build up the candida and it purges to an extent about once a month. Thank you for a glimmer of hope.

  25. Great ideas. Parasitic fungi commonly reside in sinuses. This is the reason why using a diluted garlic solution is an excellent remedy to suppress pathogens. It often works in less than day, even after weeks of nasal congestion. Here are instructions

    1. marianne says:

      I have just tried the diluted garlic solution and found instant relief from the pressure behind my eyes and relief in my body, re joint pain. I had a huge reaction to Quinoa that I used in a biscuit, and also I think the soy flat bread contributed to my condition. I am severely congested but this will help hugely thank you kindly, I have been suffering for the last 2 years with this condition and have been using a nani pod to rinse my sinuses every morning I do hope that this will clear all problems.

  26. Mery D says:

    Yes, yes and yes! I used to suffer from chronic sinus infection. Of course when acute, doctors would prescribe antibiotics, which would help a bit shortly to then make it worse. I wish I could have had all this knowledge earlier in my life. I’m on a moderate (last phases style) of the diet, antifungals and probiotics and I haven’t had sinus infections in a year. Slowly but surely! : )

  27. Kate says:

    I started using very high quality Olive oil for my sinusitis recently. I simply use a dropper to add drops directly into my nose, tip my head back & allow it to drain into my sinuses. It’s been the best thing I’ve used so far, triggering a lot of drainage & clear sinuses.

  28. cheryl doyle says:

    i have recently come to the conclusion that my sinus problem was candida related. I bought hi strength probiotics( live refrigerated ones), caprylic acid and some good oils to take. I have been eating Kefir, in large quantities too with the addition of sauerkraut to my diet .I have to tell you since i have been taking things these my nostrils are clear for the first time in years. i cant believe it. i was buying this for my thrush and dire sugar craving that’s why i started taking it, I have only taken it for few months . I cannot believe my nose is better. i had started to take a probiotic, not a great one, but had good effects on me. i used to get cold sores every month loads of them on my mouth and up my nose. This stopped with the bio kult candea tablet and my health is improving i have been taking this for a year… but came to the conclusion it was not strong enough and i needed to kill off all the fungal stuff hence hitting the caprillic acid. Now i have no sinus prob. i am the best i have felt in years.My gums are better and don’t bleed ,no furry tongue, i don’t get mouth ulcers which i had monthly. i have had a cold since i was at school as a child and i am now 51 nearly 52, had three sinus operations, the netti pot did nothing for me. My sinus problem caused me to have pneumonia, in the past with post nasal drip,have had reoccurrent mucus, daily all my life and i am now mucus free. So Happy i discovered caprillic acid .

    1. Candace says:

      Hello Cheryl,
      I have been having sinus problems for years with nasal polyps as well. I had a CT scan in Oct2015 – I finally got into the specialist in Jan 2016. I was told
      I have fungus in all eight sinus cavities and need surgery. However, there is a 5 year waiting period to get into a BC Hospital. He said I could pay $9800 for the surgery and get in within 2 weeks. He thinks I’ve had the problem for at least 30 years. I am now on a Candida cleanse and going to a Naturopath. Trying to eat as clean as possible. So the doctor says the only way to treat this is by surgery – this is the only way. What are your thoughts having the surgery 3x’s? Do you think you could have avoided the surgery if you treated yourself ? Or does the fungal infection get in the sinuses too far and surgey is the only way? I don’t know what to do! I’m feeling better but it’s so slow….too slow. So I’m wondering would you get the surgey to give yourself a clean start?

      1. Kelly says:

        Candace — I know this is probably too late for you — but for others, just to make it clear…

        Cheryl had surgery three times and it clearly didn’t help her. It was one of the many things she tried — and she tried it three times — so I’m guessing she would’ve said ‘no’.

        Of course the doc will tell you it’s the only way — that’s how he makes a living! Hopefully you didn’t give him your money…and you’re doing better now.

  29. darel says:

    Hi. I feel a lot of pressure in sinuses, and have particles work there way out of my eyes a lot. I do have candida, and i do smell mold from time to time in sinuses. I have visual snow, and image drag, which makes me think there is candida behind my eyes or something. But I don’t get sinus drip, or much mucous! Can you have sinus problems while not having much nasal drip etc? I do get nasal blood sometimes when i do blow my nose etc…..thanks….It seems when I smell the mold randomly in the day, my head sort of “spins.” Thanks!

  30. Svanhild says:

    Hi. I have been ill with chronic sinusitis for a year now, and is starting to think it can be candida. Have gotten antibiotics after antibiotics that didn´t work.

    What has seen to be helping is to cut up garlic, and putting them in a gauze, and than I put this in my nostrils and ears.

  31. Diane says:

    I have been tested for Candida and have had it for over thirty years. Took tons of supplements for it. Come to find out after going to the dentist for a scan found out I had a chronic sinus infection. I had sinus surgery and found out I had a fungi in my sinuses. They did a test on it and found out I have Aspergillus and had to take out a fungal ball in my sinuses. Well the sad thing is that Aspergillus is almost impossible to get rid of. I have had three surgeries now and going for my fourth in three years. The only real cure is Chemo-
    Therapy and I can’t do that for my immune system is to low and would hurt me more then help me.
    Having Aspergillus is awful on your sinuses and makes you feel so tired all the time. I am 72 years old now so that doesn’t help.
    I have to have the surgeries for my sinuses give me migraine like headaches so bad every day. I am so tired of being sick with this all the time and yes have been to many doctors. All the fungal medications are very very strong and my system won’t accept them.

  32. Kylie Dotts says:

    It’s interesting that 96% of people who suffered from sinusitis had some kind of fungi in their mucus. There would definitely be some serious problems with your health if you had fungi growing in your nose so it’s understandable that they were experiencing sinus infections. Seeing a doctor as soon as possible after realizing you have symptoms of something like this would be a good idea to ensure that you are preventing any serious damage to your body.

  33. Leigh says:

    Best Sinus Infection Treatment:

    Mix one tsp Cream of Tartar in a glass of water, drink the mixture. Do this three times a day for five days. It will clear the yeast (fungal infection) from your system.

    Cream of Tartar is used in baking and is a by-product of the wine making process. Cream of Tartar has terrific anti-yeast properties.

    Caution: Taking Cream of Tartar in greater doses will not make it work faster and ingesting massive ammounts can vomiting and possible life-threatening hyperkalemia. Cream of Tartar is 20% potassium, keep to just three tsp spread out over your day and in the water. People who have mild to moderate renal insufficiency or who are taking drugs which increase serum potassium intake should avoid Cream of Tartar.

    The Mayo Clinic Study:

  34. Good luck says:

    To the guys struggling with ratingen rätt farlig. Make a Good tsatziki!!! Lots IF raw garlic in natural yogurt, some cucumber and little salt. A great tasting dip even the children will like!! Serve with bread or vegetable sticks, or just as a sidedish with dinner 🙂

  35. Bradley says:

    I suffered from samters triad for almost 10 years. After surgeries and many trips to mayo clinic i was left with the same recurring chronic disease. I have finally found relief with this book! Thank you so much!!

  36. Catherine Davis says:

    I have suffered on and off from Candida for years. I found out I had heavy metal toxicity – treated for that, changed diet and had no symptoms for a long time. Then it all came back. Last year it moved from my throat to my sinuses. It took nine months to get rid of it. Three months later it is back! I am wondering, what is the magic to preventing it from returning. Seems to get harder and harder to get rid of it. I am tired of coughing and sniffing!

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