Can Allergies cause these symptoms?

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Tinlou
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   Posted 7/28/2011 4:06 PM (GMT -6)   
So I have been on antibiotics twice in the past 4 months for sinus infections but the same symptoms come back. First it is a pain behind my eye, usually on the left side. I took a decongestant and it seems to have moved/drained down in to my ear. My ear is aching and i am wondering if this is due to allergies and not sinus infections at all. Any info will help..thank-you.
Tina

couchtater
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   Posted 7/28/2011 4:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Tina, have you considered that it's not allergies but possible that it's acid reflux? Do you ever have heartburn, belching, or burping?

Just a thought
Joy

Tinlou
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   Posted 7/28/2011 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Joy, I do have GERD..I take one zegerid everyday and it helps with the burning and nausea most of the time. Maybe I have having some silent reflux?

couchtater
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   Posted 7/28/2011 5:47 PM (GMT -6)   
It very possible. I suggest talking with your Gastroenterologist about this. Come over to the GERD forum and discuss this more. :)
Joy

Tinlou
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   Posted 7/28/2011 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been there and am very thankful for these forums. I will talk to my doctor for sure because I don't think zegerid is strong or effective enough.

Alcie
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   Posted 7/29/2011 12:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Tina,
Sinus infections are notoriously hard to cure. I've had something for the last 2 years, even comes back after 21 day treatment with sulfa. I just had sinus surgery to drain the sinuses, which worked for that, and afterward another 10 days of sulfa (generic for Bactrim or Septra), but the infection's back again.

I'm back on the sulfa, double dose twice a day this time. Most other meds don't work on sinus infections because there's very little blood flow to the sinuses, and the bacteria, etc. can build up a resistant plaque. I've heard that Z-packs don't work now because bugs have gotten resistant.

I've been washing sinuses at least twice a day with a NeilMed squeeze bottle, now adding a couple of drops of baby shampoo. I have to wash twice of three times because the gunk just gets nice and mobile from first 240 ml wash. If this doesn't knock it off before the next ENT visit I will be getting another CT scan because I have a non-stop headache that hasn't gone away. Oh joy! More radiation!
Alcie
 
 

Tinlou
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   Posted 7/29/2011 1:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Alcie, do you think it is from the GERD/acid reflux? Do you have GERD yourself? I can't keep taking antibiotics all of the time with my stomach issues. I will try the saline rinse as well and see what happens.

Alcie
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   Posted 7/30/2011 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Tina, From your original statement that the pain started behind your eye, it sounds like a sinus infection. There is one right there. It is easy for mucus filled with germs to drain out of the sinuses and down the throat. If you are lying down, or blow your nose, they can get into the eustachian tubes and into the middle ear.

I had some GERD until I was in an accident that pushed my stomach partly into my chest, requiring surgery - Nissen fundoplication. Some people have sore throats and breathing trouble from GERD. I didn't. You are doing the right thing talking to your doc about your GERD med not helping you enough. It could get better if you get the infection cured. A quart of mucus (you can produce 2 a day) surely will not make the stomach happy.

You could talk to your ENT doctor about the antibiotic not working, also about using a decongestant. Don't take antihistamines that dry out the sinuses as you want more mucus to flush out the germs (not necessarily bacteria, could be a mold or yeast or a combination). My stomach is hurting from the double dose of antibiotics I'm prescribed, and it's only 2 days of treatment. Taking antibiotics with food helps. I'm taking probiotics in between doses because I get awful gas pains when my intestinal flora gets out of whack. I hope to last out the treatment. Last time I didn't make it, and now I'm on a double dose. I'm on Septra, a sulfa drug, which is much better than most antibiotics at getting to the source of the infection.

Hang in there! It's not a one-treatment-fits-all problem. I've been fighting this for 2 years.
Alcie
 
 

emtlion
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   Posted 9/29/2011 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi guys,

So, a few things.... if you have chronic sinus infections, have your ENT look up there. (The flexible scope is more comfortable than the straight metal one) You may have nasal polyps that are blocking drainage. This was my problem and why I was having to get sinus surgery (FESS) every 3-5 years. If this is the case, have him give you some type of nasal steroid like flonase (fluticasone). This will help,

Also, if you are wondering if it is allergic in nature or not, try Zyrtec - D or Claritin -D. The over-the-counter phenylephrine crap does not work for true drainage. Go for the Sudafed in the D- allergy meds. If you have indoor allergies, use Claritin- D indoor/outdoor, try Zyrtec D. Try 3-4 days of this and see if it helps your drainage/headaches. Remeber to drink lots of water. the sudafed will dry you out.

Gina
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