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Fungal sinusitis also known as fungal rhinosinusitis is a sinus infection that is triggered by a fungus. A fungus is a living organism that can not make its own food. It gets its nutrients from rotten matter in the soil, water, or plant. Most fungi are not dangerous. But some of them can infect one’s body and multiply, giving rise to health problems. Dr Chaitanya Rao is an excellent ENT specialist with a diligent attribute of utmost care and compassion towards his patients. He strives to deliver his patients with supreme quality of treatment.

Dr Chaitanya Rao is an excellent ENT specialist with a diligent attribute of utmost care and compassion towards his patients. He strives to deliver his patients with supreme quality of treatment.

Dr G V K Chaitanya Rao is not only the Best Fungal Sinusitis Doctor in Hyderabad, but he is also the Best ENT Doctor in Hyderabad. His areas of expertise include Nose & Sinus surgeries, Otology, Snoring and Sleep Apnea surgeries.

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About Dr. G V K Chaitanya Rao

Dr Chaitanya Rao is a member of the esteemed American Rhinologic Society (ARS) and European Rhinologic Society (ERS). With his 10+ years of extensive experience in the domain of ENT, he has a learning approach towards the field. Dr Chaitanya Rao is a true believer of the fact that a doctor needs to keep on updating or upskilling his knowledge round the clock in order to serve the patients with more competence. He advocates his belief by tutoring other ENT specialists through Hyderabad ENT Research Foundation and so far has imparted knowledge to more than 3000 ENT surgeons.

Dr Chaitanya Rao is not only the Best ENT Doctor in Hyderabad but also is the Best Sinus Specialist in India. His areas of expertise include Nose & Sinus surgeries, Otology, Snoring and Sleep Apnea surgeries.

Majority of fungal sinusitis infections originate from mold or yeast. Different types of fungi cause infections in different parts of one’s body like yeast infections, thrush, and toenail fungal infections.

The fungal sinusitis is broadly classified as invasive and noninvasive.

It can spread to other parts of the body like eyes and brain. Types of invasive fungal sinusitis are:

  • Acute fulminant invasive rhinosinusitis – In acute fulminant invasive rhinosinusitis, the fungi destroys blood vessels inside one’s nose. Due to this, the blood supply gets obstructed leading to the death of tissues. This infection can rapidly spread to one’s eyes and brain, causing blindness or death.
  • Chronic invasive rhinosinusitis – It is similar to acute fulminant invasive rhinosinusitis. But unlike acute fulminant invasive rhinosinusitis, chronic invasive rhinosinusitis does not spread speedily.
  • Granulomatous invasive fungal sinusitis (GIFS) – It takes place when one’s body launches an immune response to fungi. One’s immune system attacks the lining of his/her nose and damages the nasal tissue.

It only impacts the nose and sinus. Types of noninvasive fungal sinusitis are:

  • Allergic fungal rhinosinusitis – It arises from an allergic reaction to fungi inside one’s nose. If allergic fungal rhinosinusitis is left untreated, one’s sinuses fill up with thick mucus and nasal polyps can develop.
  • Fungal ball or mycetoma – It occurs when fungi get accumulated in the sinuses and develop a clump or ball. The fungal ball can increase in size and block the sinuses.
  • Saprophytic fungal sinusitis – It does not exactly affect one’s nose tissue. Rather, the fungus develops on crusts of mucus inside one’s nose.

Most cases of fungal sinusitis are treated with sinus surgeries. While severe cases may need anti-fungal treatment.

Why Dr. G V K Chaitanya Rao

Dr GVK Chaitanya Rao has been actively engaged in serving his patients as the Managing Director at Dr Rao’s ENT Group of Hospitals. Amid his Post – Graduation days, Dr Chaitanya Rao was invited as a visiting physician to House Institute of Medical Sciences, Los Angeles; Rhinology and Anterior skull base unit, Ohio State University Medical Centre, Columbus, Ohio and University of Michigan from where he acquired his knowledge. He is among the very few Indian ENT specialists who have undergone training in Advanced Sinus Surgery at IRCAD Taiwan. Besides this he is the humble recipient of the distinguished Vaidya Vibhushan Award 2019, awarded by Telangana State Government.

Fungal Sinusitis FAQs

One’s body is usually efficient enough to fight fungal infections. But conditions that risk one’s immune system can boost fungi to grow. These conditions can be summed up as:

  • Diabetes
  • Leukemia
  • Lymphoma
  • Congenital immunodeficiency
  • Misuse of antibiotics
  • Consuming medicines (to prevent organ transplant rejection)

One who is suffering from the above mentioned conditions is more likely to get fungal sinusitis. He/she also has a higher chance of developing serious complications.

The common symptoms of fungal sinusitis include:

  • Reduced sense of smell
  • Foul smell in the nose
  • Fever
  • Swelling in the nose and sinuses
  • Nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Facial pain, tenderness and pressure
  • Sinus headache

It can be quite severe for one with a compromised immune system and trigger:

  • Behavioral changes
  • Neurological troubles
  • Changes in the color of skin
  • Facial numbness
  • Proptosis
  • Swelling of cheeks

To diagnose fungal sinusitis, an ENT doctor will use the following methods:

  • Physical examination
  • Symptoms
  • Health history
  • Medications
  • Lab test
  • CT Scan
  • Endoscopy

The treatment methods used to cure fungal sinusitis are:

  • Antifungal medications
  • Corticosteroid medications
  • Nasal wash
  • Surgery

Yes, untreated fungal sinusitis can spread to one’s eyes and brain. This can eventually lead to tissue loss, blindness and death.

Acute fulminant invasive fungal sinusitis can prove harmful about 50% of the time. As this infection worsens rapidly, getting the right treatment as soon as possible is essential.

Usage of antibiotics can increase the chances of death due to systemic fungal infection caused by lymphocyte dysfunction.

If fungal sinusitis is left untreated, then it give rise to complications like:

  • Visual changes
  • Cavernous venous thrombosis
  • Spread of allergic mucin into the brain

A fungal sinusitis usually resolves on its own. But one with a weakened immune system should seek medical attention.

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