There are many different types of infection in the sinuses or sinusitis. And some of the most common types of sinus infection according to causative factors are bacterial sinus infection (bacterial sinusitis) and viral sinus infection (viral sinusitis). And if a sinus infection has become chronic that lasts for more than 12 weeks or 3 months, the chronic type of sinus infection may possibly be caused by yeast infections. Not all people can get affected with sinus yeast infection. Only those people who have compromised immune systems are at higher risks for sinus yeast infection, since people with compromised immune systems are not able to maintain right levels of yeast in their body.
What is Sinus Infection?
Sinus infection or sinusitis is a type of infection that affects the sinus cavity. The infection can cause irritation and inflammation of the sinuses. There are several different causative factors for sinus infection, just like mentioned above. Sinus infection can be caused by allergic reaction, common colds, bacterial infections, viral infections, fungal infection, and even yeast overgrowth in the sinus cavity.
Cause of Sinus Yeast Infection
Just like how its name suggests, sinus yeast infection, is caused by an overgrowth of yeast in the body, specifically in the sinus cavity. Yeast overgrowth in the sinus cavity is primarily associated with Candida albicans, yeast that is commonly found in people’s intestines. Aside from compromised immune system, poor nutrition, misuse of anti-bacterial medications, pregnancy, and autoimmune medical conditions, and chemotherapy can be causative factors for sinus yeast infection.
Prevention for Sinus Yeast Infection
Preventing sinus yeast infection can be done easily. Eating a well-balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, drinking enough amount of water every single day, and getting at least 8 hours to 9 hours of sleep every single night can really help in the prevention of sinus yeast infection. Drinking vitamin C supplements and taking probiotics supplements can also help in boosting the immune system, thus preventing sinus yeast infection.
Treating Sinus Yeast Infection
There are several ways on how to treat sinus yeast infections. Depending on the patient’s present medical condition and the patient’s overall health, treatments will then be decided. Using saline washes or direct application of anti-fungal herbs to the nostrils can be done as treatments for sinus yeast infection. The doctor can also prescribe an anti-fungal nasal spray that contains Sporanox to help in getting rid of the yeast overgrowth in the sinus cavity.