More than 35 million Americans suffer from sinus infections, according to Dr. Grossan, a ear, eyes and nose doctor. Sinus infections can be the result of harmful bacteria, a virus or fungus, commonly known as candida. Candida most commonly manifests itself in the groin (yeast infection/jock itch), the feet (athlete's foot) and under the finger nails. In rare cases candida can enter the sinus cavity, causing irritation and inflammation leading to an infection.
Things You'll Need
- Prescribed medication
- Tea tree oil
Go see a doctor because a fungal sinus infection is more difficult to diagnose and treat. Talk to him or her about your symptoms and if you have any other auto-immune disorders. Request an X-ray of the sinus cavity as this is the only sure way to detect and confirm the infection is caused by candida. Ask for a prescription of steroids whether orally or nasal spray to kill the fungus.
Purchase tea tree oil from a health food store and garlic cloves from the grocery store because both have strong anti-fungal natural properties. Apply 2 drops of tea tree oil in each nostril, three times a day for seven days. Take 1 clove or garlic and crush it. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then ingest it by smothering it in honey. Do this three times a day for seven days. Contact your doctor if the symptoms persist.
Observe common mold and mild areas around your house, such as the bathroom, the driveway and down basements. Wherever you find signs of mold and mildew use diluted bleach, 1 part water, 1 part bleach in a spray bottle. Spray the mold until it dies and then wash it away. Maintain a mold and mildew-free house because mold and mildew can cause a fungal sinus infection.