Sinus Infection - Allergies to work??

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Lynn535
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Date Joined Jul 2010
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   Posted 7/6/2010 9:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
 
I'm glad to find this forum as I've been pretty sick lately. Usually summer is the best time for me as far as allergies. I'm allergic to dustmites, feathers, and pet dander. I'm going back to see an Allergist for testing again in the next few months, thank goodness. I don't know if I've developed a grass allergy or what but I've been suffering from sinusitis for a couple months and super bad allergies.
 
Right now I am on Avelox antibiotics and have been on it for 4 days but don't seem to be getting any better. It's also making me out of it, super tired and puffed up eyes. I also use Neilmed sinus rinse with a neti pot as the bottle makes fluid get stuck in my ears - very painful. I've also been steaming. I have a Revlon face steamer and it's been a godsend. It's the one thing that really gets mucus out. (sorry kinda gross).
 
But it seems everytime I go to work I get more and more plugged up lately. Yet, I have been in this job for 2 years and this is only recently. I work in admin and there is a lot of paper dust. I do take Reactine 20mg, use Flonase and occassionaly take benadryl. Nothing seems to help. I"m off work today as my ears are so blocked and I"m exhausted and feel dizzy.
 
I react really badly to perfumes and scents. We are not supposed to wear any scents at work as it is a health unit but some ppl still do and I get all plugged up and pressure in my head, short of breath and dizzy. I've complained to the boss and she's spoken to the people but still is occassionally happens.
 
I don't take any decongestants as they make me feel worse and the mucus just gets stuck. I have really small narrow sinus's so the least little thing creates bad pressure. At least I don't have any sinus's in my forehead - phew. But the pain and pressure in my face can be unbearable. Makes me want to smash my head into a wall.
 
I've bought a SinuPulse machine but it's not here yet. Anyone have any luck with this? I'm hoping it'll help me.
 
Is anyone else like this? I feel like I"m going to have to quit my job and I don't want to, I really like it and the people are great (except the perfume wearers, haha).
 
Lynn

Red_34
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   Posted 7/6/2010 10:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lynn, welcome to Healingwell :) I'm so sorry to hear that you are suffering so. It sounds like you have a bad case of the allergies! Have you ever did or considered allergy injections? This might help tame your allergies over time. Sometimes with allergies it can be all about trial and error on finding the right combination of meds. My favorite is Zyrtec and Singulair....I have been on allergy meds for many years but this is my "magic cocktail".

Do you happen to have any acid reflux? If so, this can be contributing to the excess phlegm. Do you drink enough water? Are you a dairy drinker?

I used to get severe sinus infections so I know where you're coming from. The pain can be unreal! After I had my tonsils out 10 years ago (at the age of 30) I never get sick anymore but maybe once a year with a cold.
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Lynn535
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Date Joined Jul 2010
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   Posted 7/6/2010 11:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sherry,
 
Thank you for your post. I am going to an allergist soon and am going to ask to start allergy shots cause I can't take this anymore. UGH.
 
I don't have acid reflux and I think I need to drink more water. I do have dairy but just yogurt and a bit of cream in my coffee. Otherwise I avoid milk. Oh and I do like cheese. I was thinking of trying the Candida diet. I am going to see what it involves.
 
I'm going to bring a hepa filter machine to work and see if it helps with the dust. I have one in my bedroom that really helps. I just finished cleaning the bedroom completely, dusting with a damp cloth, washing all the sheets and covering mattress's and pillows with plastic zippered cases.
 
I used to get shots as a child and then I got them again in my early 20's. (I'm 35 now). I found they helped to reduce my cat allergy and plant allergies but didn't do anything for dustmites or feathers. Also showed I'm allergic to beef, corn, milk, rye and peanut. So I avoid those foods. Hopefully this time around it'll help with the dust allergy. Oh and it also got rid of my mold allergy.
 
I lost my cat 4 months ago due to heart failure. She was 16 and a half and I miss her greatly but I won't be getting another one. I don't want to risk bad allergy reaction. I thought I would get better once she was gone but I'm much worse :(
So that is why I suspect I might have a new grass allergy.
 
The worst part is the congestion/pain in my ears and bridge of my nose. The bridge of my nose doens't hurt right now but the pain in my ears is really bad. I"m taking Avelox antibiotic, it sure makes me out of it.
 
IT's weird because when I smell a scented product my head feels like it's in a vice and if I stay around that scent I get worse and quite dizzy and then I have an asthma attack. But its such a strange feeling in my head like pressure and numbness. I hate it.
 
eck, sorry long post! Thank you again for responding. :)
Lynn
 
oh more more thing. When I use netipot or the neilmed bottle I find the liquid gets stuck in my ears. Is this normal?
Steaming seems to work better.

Red_34
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   Posted 7/7/2010 5:27 AM (GMT -7)   
I have never used a nettipot so I can't help you there :( I have this insane fear of sticking water up my nose for some odd reason! lol

I hope others stop by soon and are able to help you. It seems you are doing what you can do and I hope the allergist can help you. It sort of sounds like you have something going on with the inner ear as well but I'm not a doctor.


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Joan M
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   Posted 7/14/2010 7:35 AM (GMT -7)   
hi, thought you might look into dust mite covers for your bed and for your pillows. they are very helpful. if you have dust allergy you should not have carpeting in the bedroom or that's what i was told.

as for being tired, i think it goes with the territory of allergies. your job sounds ok, hope the hepa filter helps.
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