Catarrh is the build-up of mucus in the nose and throat. Given the wide range of symptoms that can be associated with Candida, it is not surprising that clients have asked me if Candida is associated with catarrh. There are many reasons why people can develop nasal pharyngeal symptoms. The nasopharyngeal area is lined with mucous membranes. The mucus membranes trap particles that enter the nose or mouth. A certain amount of mucus in the area is expected.
If you’ve got too much mucous secretion, there could be an irritant. It could be due to a food allergy. In many cases, I have seen salicylate sensitivities in people with ongoing nasal pharyngeal problems. Salicylates are chemicals made by many different plants to defend against toxins and insects.
Salicylates can cause nasal polyps or nasal pharyngeal problems. Food allergies are very, very common in people who have too much nasopharyngeal mucus. This is particularly true if a person’s got leaky gut syndrome or has taken prescription antibiotics. In those situations, it is essential to get checked out for food allergies. The common allergens we look at with nasopharyngeal mucus are dairy products, cow’s milk, in particular. Other common allergens in this situation are wheat gluten and, less commonly, bananas, pineapple, chocolate, oranges, cheese, and eggs.
All types of sugar can cause mucus problems. Mucus is an excellent trap for bacteria, pollen, viruses, and other “invaders.” Once lodged in the mucus, the foreign object can trigger an immune response. The immune response can lead to inflammation, pain, swelling, and discharge.
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There’s also a condition called AFS, allergen fungal sinusitis. Some experts believe up to 90 percent plus of severe nasopharyngeal catarrh is due to a yeast infection. The yeast can be Candida, but also Aspergillus, Botrytis, and other fungi.
The short answer is that Candida can be related to nasopharyngeal symptoms, including excessive mucus. However, other yeasts are a more likely explanation.
I would treat nasopharyngeal symptoms the same as I would any other type of Candida or SIBO (small intestinal bowel overgrowth) problem. I’d be looking at diet. I’d be looking at lifestyle. I’d also consider adding antimicrobials, probiotics, and digestive enzymes to your daily routine.