Sinus congestion...die-off or fungal infection?
I have been taking a combination of antibioticsi and antimicrobial herbal supplementsi for about 4 months now without knowing exactly what I'm infected with...probably borrelia, and I'm still waiting to find out results for the usual coinfections, and going to get tested for Cpni and mycoplasma this week.
I was on doxyi 200mg x2 for 2 months, then switched to Ceftin 500 x 2 for the last 2 months, and started taking Japanese Knotweed and Cat's Claw at the same time that I started the Ceftin, since these are supposed to kill borrelia and other bacteria as well.
I've also been taking 2400 mg NACi, in case I have Cpn, and to help my liver handle the antibiotics. I started at 1500 mg for a few weeks before going up to 2400 mg. The first sinus flare happened I think a couple of weeks after starting the NAC and increasing my herbs, and there didn't seem to be enough of a direct link to the NAC for me to think it was that. After the congestion seemed to linger I thought it was probably die-off of some kind (yay!) but after reading through some old posts here I'm now wondering if I've just given myself fungal sinusitis from the antibiotics and herbs.
Another reason I'm wondering about the fungal possibility is that I never had a sinus problem in my life before taking a different antibiotic herb (andrographis) a few years ago (I didn't know it had antibiotic properties at the time). The congestion began the first or second day I took it and was the worst in the months after I stopped the herb, which I was on for several weeks.
Is there a sinus-specific antifungal remedy I could try to see if that's what the problem is? I'm taking plenty of probiotics and don't seem to have fungal/candida symptoms anywhere else. The congestion is tolerable, but if it's fungal I don't want it getting any worse than it is now.