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Mold and the sinuses

Did you know that mold can not only cause sinus infections but also hide in biofilms in the sinuses?

Sinus infections are caused by inflammation or swelling of the sinuses, which are the air-filled spaces in the bones of the face that are connected to the nose.

Mold spores are small, lightweight, and easily airborne. When inhaled, they can cause an allergic reaction. The symptoms of mold allergies include nasal congestion, runny nose, itchy or watery eyes, sneezing, and coughing. If you have a mold allergy and are exposed to mold spores, your sinuses may become inflamed, leading to a sinus infection.

Symptoms of a sinus infection caused by mold can include facial pain or pressure, headache, congestion, cough, and fever. The symptoms of a mold-related sinus infection can be similar to those of a bacterial or viral sinus infection, making it difficult to diagnose.

Even if you don't have a frank sinus infection, mold can hide in biofilms in the sinuses. As the weather gets warmer, if you have mold biofilm in your sinuses, it can cause more symptoms. Mold in the sinuses can be tested for using a nasal swab. However, currently the standard of care is that if you are suspected to be colonized with mold, sinus treatments should be part of your mold detox regimen anyway without testing the sinuses first. There are a wide variety of antifungal nasal sprays that may be recommended based on your particular situation.

Preventing mold growth in your home is the best way to avoid mold-related sinus infections. If you are experiencing sinus symptoms, contact us today to discuss whether these could be related to mold!

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