Posted by: | 2019/02/22


Fungal infection?

I have had chronic sinusitis with constant drainage for as long as I can remember. I am 55. I have frequent sinus infections, bronchitis, and upper respiratory infections every year. I have had pneumonia a few times. Antibiotics help some but always seems to leave more phlem. I literally could put my finger on the area in the back of my nose/throat on my left where the thick phlem is draining. I can (sorry to describe) suck down and cough up thick phlem that contains a round red orange ball the size of a BB. This happens at least every 2 or 3 days. Could I have a fungal infection in my adenoids or middle ear? I went deaf in my left ear about 20 years ago and was told that I have otosclerosis but no scans were made. I have gone to an ENT who did a CT scan of my sinuses and said that they appear clear. She could see drainage but no other obstructions. Could these "balls" be fungal and the cause of my persistent sinus problems?

Expert's Reply


Sinusitis Expert
- 2019/02/28

Ideally a scope of the nose should be done to check for fungus or other sinus problems. An audiogram and CT would show otosclerosis. Surgery or a hearing aid for the hearing.

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