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Probiotics for chronic fungal sinus infection?
purplemoon0130 posted:
After many times of taking "antibiotics", they don't "cure" my sinus infection. My pharmacist told me that it could be bacterial or fungal infection that I may have. There are so many Probiotics available that I have no idea which to buy, as he recommended to take. Can you suggest one that would help.

I'm thinking it IS a fugal infection because bacterial antibiotics don't work. The mucus is green, which I know suggests an infection. I have taken a prescription anti-fungal med, Fluconazole, and it comes right back in a matter of days.

When my pharmacist told me that it could be either bacterial or fungal, I thought a while and just realized that I did have a problem with mold in the cabinets in my bedroom under my sinks. I did treat the inside of the cabinets with bleach, but I still can smell moldy air when I close up my bedroom. I have been saving my bed sheets and blankets in those cabinets, which I'm thinking is making my sinus even worse. The sheets do smell the mold a little, but didn't really pay it any mind until now.

Would a Probiotic help? I will bleach-treat my cabinets today to get rid of the mold problem. Then I have two tablets of Fluconazole that I will take to clear this sinus infection. But afterwards, I would like to get on a regimen of Probiotics, but don't know which type I should take. Can you please suggest one that may work? I'm on a low-fixed disability income and can't afford an expensive one, so I'm trying to find one that is low in price, if possible. Can you please suggest one for me or suggest what my options are to clear this chronic problem? I'm so tired of my face hurting and the headaches that come along with it.Oh, I wanted to add that I don't have a lot of congestion like when you have a cold virus. I do have the post-nasal drip, and painful little sores I think I get from cleaning my nostrils with my fingernails (sounds nasty, sorry). I'm constantly digging dry, green mucus scabs tinged with blood. Will Probiotics help me? Thanks in advance!!
Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
I have no idea if probiotics will help you. Probiotics are NOT for treating sinus infections -- bacterial OR fungal. Since I do not recommend them to my patients, I am sorry that I cannot recommend a specific, inexpensive probiotic.

You are really self-diagnosing and self-treating. The proper way to treat your chronic sinus infection is to SEE an ENT specialist -- someone who can examine you first-hand and order some diagnostic tests. Do you have insurance? Since you are on disability, you may qualify for some state health insurance.

Sinusitis is not easy to treat, even with antibiotics. I remained on antibiotics for 12 weeks a few years ago to treat my sinusitis, so a few random courses of antibiotics may not do it for you. Again, this is why it is so important to be properly diagnosed...not by the pharmacist or you, but by an ENT.
purplemoon0130 replied to Rod Moser, PA, PhD's response:
Thanks Dr. Moser for your reply. I have gone to my doctor today and she put me on Prednisone, Lavaquin and Singulair. I was using Omnaris spray, but it's so over-drying that it's too hard to handle that feeling. She thinks Singulair may help better. We'll keep trying different meds until we find me some relief. It has been so many years that my face, sinus area, hasn't hurt me. Again thanks!
Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to purplemoon0130's response:
You are on some big guns now....this should do the trick, but if you are not nearly 100% better at the end of your Levaquin course, you need to see your doctor again.
purplemoon0130 replied to Rod Moser, PA, PhD's response:
Again, thanks so much for the reply. I am praying the Levaquin do the do the job because it seems like all the other antibiotics have not worked. For the second half of my life I would love to have no sinus pain, sore throat and headaches! Not to mention the bloody, green mucus. What a blessing that would be. But, llike you advised, I will see my doctor again if this treatment doesn't work. Thanks again! I truly appreciate your help. I love WebMD!!
Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to purplemoon0130's response:
I will send you some healing "vibes". Remember that even if you successfully treat your sinusitis, this does not protect you against future NEW infections.

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