What Are the Symptoms of a Fungal Sinus Infection?


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According to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, symptoms of a fungal sinus infection include congestion, facial pain or swelling and nasal discharge, which Cedars Sinai notes is sticky and, combined with fungal debris, can block the sinus. The symptoms are often caused by an allergic reaction to the fungi.

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What Are the Symptoms of a Fungal Sinus Infection?
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Sinusitis may be caused by either a fungal or bacterial infection, and the symptoms may be the same, notes the UPMC. Symptoms of chronic sinusitis caused by either a bacterial or fungal infection include bad breath, loss of the sense of smell, a cough that is worse at night, fatigue, fever, a headache that manifests as pressure behind the eyes or a tender face, a toothache, a stuffy or runny nose, sore throat, post-nasal drip and generally feeling unwell, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Symptoms of invasive sinusitis, in which the fungal infection migrates to the blood vessels of the eyes and central nervous system, include fever, facial numbness, cough, headache, change in mental status, ulcers in the nose and on the roof of the mouth and trouble seeing, states UPMC. Symptoms of chronic invasive fungal sinusitis are long-standing congestion; runny nose; pressure in the forehead, behind the eyes and nose; and orbital apex syndrome, in which the fugal mass decreases movement of the eye and blocks vision.

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