Infections and the Candida Yeast Infection Connection
There are two ways to get fungal
sinus infections. The first is simply by breathing in fungus (most
commonly Aspergillius) and mold spores from the air. They
are abundantly present in the environment and will attach to trapped
nasal mucus when sinuses are swollen from allergies
or bacterial sinus infections.
The second way is connected to
overgrowth of “bad” bacteria in our gut - “Candida
albicans” - causing “Candidiasis”,
a rapidly growing yeast infection.
When the delicate balance of our “good” and “bad”
intestinal bacteria is upset (see our antibiotics
page), our body is then primed for candida yeast infections.
The good bacteria can be killed off by one or more of these factors:
frequent or high-dose antibiotics and anti-inflammatories
chemotherapy for cancer
auto-immune diseases like AIDS, arthritis
and muscular deterioration diseases
high stress and low cortisol (cortisol is
the body’s stress response secretion)
In the absence of good bacteria, the bad
bacteria, normally present in controllable amounts, can “explode”
This results in a friendly breeding
environment for the candida yeast (link to other candida pages when
ready) and it grows out of control - clinging to intestinal walls,
mucous membranes like nasal and bronchial passages, the genitals
(mostly in females), and even producing toxins in the bloodstream.
Certain antibiotics are now well-known
for creating subsequent vaginal yeast infections or oral “thrush”
(white coating in mouth and on tongue). Some doctors will give an
anti-fungal prescription at the same time as the antibiotic (see
our information on “fluconazoles”).
And vaginal yeast relief requests have become so prevalent that
some gentle fungicides are now available over-the-counter.
But less commonly known is that
this nasty candida yeast fungus is a vast cause of sinus infections
– and doctors may just prescribe even more antibiotics!
How much can our digestive
system have to do with Sinus Infections?
Our digestive system is the key
to good health in our entire body. When it is not functioning properly
it affects the central nervous system which sends alarms everywhere.
Oral, nasal or vaginal yeast may
be a sign that the candida fungus has infested the
gastrointestinal tract, and treatment for the surface infections
alone will not get to the root problem. More antibiotics will only
add to the yeast build-up.
The spreading yeast fungus prevents proper digestion of all nutrients
– the food we eat, the vitamins and minerals we take –
thereby depriving the body of what it needs to remain healthy. It
can trigger an over-reaction of white blood cells which normally
gather to heal infection, making our immune system either over-active
or under-active, and multiple health problems can take place.
Proper bowel function may go downhill.
As this happens, more and more waste
toxins remain inside us and can get in the bloodstream. The yeast
loves this and will be transported to the mucous membranes.
It then gets into the sinuses and nasal passages, either bringing
bacteria with it or attaching itself to existing bacteria from outside
elements – free radicals, airborne mold, etc.
Diagnosing a Candida Yeast
Infection in the Sinuses
It’s hard to get yeast fungus
out of sinus mucus. If any is left, the yeast multiplies again.
Moreover, symptoms may be the same as any other sinus infection
and it’s hard to diagnose, although it may sometimes result
in greenish, glue-like clumps being expelled from the nose.
See an alternative
practitioner for specialized testing.
Whether sinus infections have
Aspergillius or Candida yeast fungus involved, using anti-fungals
wouldn’t hurt. There are a number of herbal products which
can help clean out chronic sinus infections. See our homeopathic
and natural remedies page for sinus infections. VÄXA is
proud to state we now have a homeopathic nasal irrigation system,
See our probiotic, ReFlora+,
to help restore “good” intestinal bacteria, and Candid-Free
to help prevent candida.