JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It can start off as a bacterial infection … and then quickly turn fungal ... infecting your ears and even your sinuses.
"We see a feeling of fullness and a dull irritating symptom," said ENT Dr. Saswata Roy
Roy says traditionally about 10 percent of his cases would be fungal, but in the past six months, he's seen that number go up.
"I think we see more like 30 to 35 percent, a little less than half, which is still a significant increase," said Roy.
Roy says this could be due to a couple of things, including Jacksonville's location.
"Fungus can thrive in areas that are hot and humid," said Roy.
Fungal infections can also spring up for people who use too many anti-biotics for bacterial infections, even making something as simple as swimmer's ear worse.
Anti-biotics can kill good bacteria that keeps fungus away.