Toxic black mold can also cause chronic sinus infections that I call "black mold sinusitis". They are really hard to get rid of as I have learned myself.
What happens is that chronic inhalation of mold spores causes an allergic reaction that cause the tissues in the nose and sinus openings to swell. When the openings to the sinuses swell, any mucous present in the sinus cavity can not drain and lies stagnant in that sinus cavity. Eventually the stagnant mucous can become infected, thus a sinus infection.
Even if you take an antibiotic that works, if you do not decrease the swelling to open the sinus cavity, it will not drain and the infection just comes right back or never goes away unless you fix the problem which is poor drainage from the sinuses.
Ways to decrease swelling are
- steroid nasal sprays
- steam inhalation
- allergy control
- oral steroids in severe cases
- Antihistamines can help decrease allergic reactions but sometimes they tend to make sinus infections worse by dryng you up too much. Most often they worsen sinus congeston.
- Also thinning out the mucous helps drain the sinuses because thinner mucous drains easier through the small sinus openings. Things that thin the mucous are:
- mucolytics like guaifenisen (mucinex)
- N-acetyl cysteine
- increased fluid intake
- Also cutting out dairy products decreases mucous production
But as I am finding out, a lot of these things do not work really well when you have
an underlying mold problem in your house. Constant inhalation of mold spores can keep sinusitis going on for a long time.
Also, in some cases the chronic inhalation of mold spores can actually cause a fungal infection to start growing in your sinuses. This is really bad if this happens and you will need to first get this diagnosed by an ENT (ear nose and throat) doctor and then treated by them as well. One sign that it may be fungal is that the mucous coming out your nose is dark brown instead of white, tan or green. That is something that is serious and beyond the scope of this website.
For most cases sinusitis that is the result of mold exposure is due to the allergic swelling of the mucous membranes in the sinuses that swells shut the sinus openings and does not allow normal mucous that is produced in the sinus cavity to drain out the sinus openings as it would normally do. It sits in the sinus cavity and the longer mucous sits stagnant in your sinuses the more likely it is to get infected.
So I came up with a program that has worked great on me. I used to get sinus infections all the time and I always treated them with an antibiotic until I came up with this program that has worked every time for me even if the sinus infection got so bad that I was starting to run a low grade fever and had severe fatigue, body aches and chills. Sometime I combine the program below with flonase nasal spray or some other steroid nasal spray. It is not natural but it really helps sometimes.