Sinus Infections: We Had it All Backwards!

Dr. Greene on why why we had it backwards in treating sinus infections…

sinus infections

When children were diagnosed with chronic sinus infections, they were treated with longer and stronger antibiotics. A study in the September 1999 issue of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings turns this practice on its head. 202 out of the 210 people with chronic sinus infection studied were found to have fungus in their mucus. The seemingly interminable congestion was actually an immune response to the fungus!

And guess what? Antibiotics make fungal infections worse.

Instead, treating the fungus can make the long-term problem clear up as if by magic.

Dr. Alan Greene

Dr. Greene is the founder of (cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”), a practicing pediatrician, father of four, & author of Raising Baby Green & Feeding Baby Green. He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the The New York Times, the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, & the Dr. Oz Show.

  1. katherine morris

    What test or tests need to be done to find out if it is fungus making sinus infection?
    Thank you,
    Concerned Mommy!!!!!!

    Desperate PLEASE HELP!!!! Got all that, swollen lymph nodes neck and armpits and a sore belly all the time, appetite comes and goes. My 6 year old has been through hell and back with all this after finding a place we lived in has several different types of toxic mold that got us ill. Is it fungus infection how can we tell??? Once again….
    Thank You.
    God Bless You.


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