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Best Antifungal Nasal Rinse Recipe (I’ve Tried Them All)

Written by Erin Porter

If you are looking for an antifungal nasal rinse recipe, you have come to the right place.  I have tried them all out of sheer desperation.  When I tell you I had a sinus infection for over twenty-five years, that is no exaggeration.  I have also tried every antibiotic under the sun, steroids, allergy shots, and let’s not forget the big guns.  I had four sinus surgeries!

Preparing an antifungal nasal rinse is easy and you will only need a few ingredients.  First, you will need a delivery system for the saline such as a NeilMed.  I have listed all the ingredients you will need below.

Read on and I will not only show you how to prepare your antifungal nasal rinse (will also work as a candida sinus rinse) , but I will also explain why fungal sinusitis is so difficult to treat and tips on how to discuss it with your doctor.

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Antifungal Nasal Rinse Recipe

  • 2-3 tsp non-iodized salt
  • 8 ounces distilled water
  • Antifungal such as CitriDrops (CitriDrops was developed by an Ear Nose and Throat Physician who specializes in fungal sinusitis and I find it to work)
  • Saline delivery system, I use the NeilMed bottle and it comes with pre-measured salt packets

How to Rinse Your Sinuses

See my video below on how to prepare an antifungal nasal wash



Watch my interview on televisions Know the Cause below.  I discuss my decades battle with sinus infections.

What Kills Fungus in the Sinuses

If you have fungal sinusitis (which the Mayo Clinic has proven almost all sinus infections are fungal infections) it’s important to see an Ear, Nose and Throat Physician that understands fungal sinusitis also referred to as allergic fungal sinusitis.

To kill fungus in the sinuses, a doctor may prescribe antifungals such as Itraconazole, Nystatin, or Amphotericin B in a nasal nebulizer.  My ENT recommends trying over the counter antifungals in a nasal rinse first.  Some patients will have such a severe infection, the physician will need to preform a surgical debridement and remove the fungus before inhaling or rinsing with antifungals.

What Kills a Sinus Infection Naturally

Sinus infections can be dangerous so you should always consult your doctor, but there are things you can do to help your recovery along such as removing sugar and processed foods from your diet (low mold diet), using antifungal and antimicrobial nasal rinses, and making sure the mold count in your environment is low.  If you missed it, I have written an entire article on What Kills a Sinus Infection Naturally.  If you have been diagnosed with fungal sinusitis, this is one of the best nasal spray for fungal sinusitis in my opinion.  I had four sinus surgeries before I started treating the fungal infection in my sinuses.

Tips for Rinsing Your Sinuses

  • Use distilled or boiled water only and keep the water you will use at room temperature
  • Using the NeilMed will help as it comes with salt packets, so getting the exact salt to water ratio is easy
  • Wash your hands prior to preparing your nasal rinse
  • Breathe through your mouth, not your nose, and do not hold your breath
  • Tilt your head slightly forward and down.  Read the instructions on your NeilMed box prior to rinsing
  • Place the cap of the bottle tightly to your nostril
  • Disinfect your rinse bottle throughly and allow it to air dry

Fungal Sinusitis Diagnosis

If you have dealt with chronic sinus infections, you may be wondering why it can be so difficult to treat. Often times allergic fungal sinusitis gets misdiagnosed as a bacterial only infection.  Many physicians don’t even bother to culture for fungus.  Because of this, the patient is oftentimes only prescribed antibiotics instead of both antibiotics and antifungals.  This is why it is important to find an Ear, Nose and Throat Physician who truly understands fungal sinusitis and will culture your sinuses for fungus as well as bacteria.  If you have a candida sinus infection, may of the same antifungals will be used to treat it.  Another great nasal spray for fungal sinusitis is bio active silver which may also cover bacterial sinus infections.  Following a low mold diet or mold detox diet can be helpful.

Disclosure: I am not a doctor.  Always consult with your doctor if you have a sinus infection.   Sinus infections can be dangerous if left untreated.

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Erin Porter
Erin Porter
I have been fortunate to be featured on national Television including PBS American Health Journal, Know the Cause, CTN, ABC, NBC, CBS and more. I was sick for decades, endured many surgeries, took over 100 courses of antibiotics, and then I changed everything and everything changed.

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I have been fortunate to be featured on national Television including PBS American Health Journal, Know the Cause, CTN, ABC, NBC, CBS and more. I was sick for decades, endured many surgeries, took over 100 courses of antibiotics, and then I changed everything and everything changed. My book Eat Pray Get Well is about overcoming a tumultuous childhood, decades of chronic illness, and finding God in the process. Includes exclusive interviews with renowned Cardiologist Dr. Stephen Sinatra, Supermodel Carol Alt, Doug Kaufmann, and many more. Plus 55 gluten free recipes woven throughout. 

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