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Allergic Fungal Sinusitis

Fungal sinusitis is a form of chronic sinusitis caused by an allergic or other inflammatory reaction to fungus that may otherwise be found in the sinus cavity, rather than an actual infection. There is some ongoing debate as to the precise definition of this disorder and which fungi are responsible. In many recently reported cases of chronic sinusitis, fungus has been found in the nasal cavity.

However, fungus can also be found in healthy sinus cavities as well. While fungus in the nasal cavity may cause slight discomfort in some, those with allergic fungal sinusitis will experience symptoms common in chronic and acute sinusitis. Because the symptoms of allergic fungal sinusitis and chronic sinusitis are nearly identical, it is often difficult to diagnose the disease at the onset. However, if you experience symptoms and do not respond to treatment or therapy prescribed by your doctor, you may have allergic fungal sinusitis.

An individual’s response to the presence of the fungus seems to play a significant role in determining whether or not fungus adversely affects the sinuses and contributes to disease.

Some types of allergic fungal sinusitis can sometimes be cured through surgery alone. More often, the sinuses are cleared of disease by surgery and the patient is given anti-inflammatory medication, and sometimes immunotherapy, to avoid recurrence. Once the fungus is cleared out, the patient’s symptoms should improve under treatment and be monitored for recurrences.