Emma, I understand clearly where you are coming from with allergies. It's an inherited allergy gene, and I have it, too.
If you can reduce the sugar in your diet, and I mean strongly reduce it, you may find that you are somewhat relieved symptomatically. For example, you're still a growing girl and need milk, but often, milk is a trigger because of the sugar in it. I use Lactaid chewable tablets before ever tasting the milk. That helps. (It's an inability to break down the diasaccharide. Lactaid does that for us.)
I've often thought that those of us with severe allergies have a sugar sensitivity that makes the whole thing just worse. Period. Reducing intake of diasaccharides may go a long way in improving your sinus infections.
I'm not a doctor, so I can tell you only what has worked for me, not what you should or shouldn't do. You and your doctor need to discuss all of your symptoms. Sinus infections are frequently related to food sensitivities, however.
One question you might probe your family about
is whether or not there is diabetes in the family. If there is, that's another signal to suspect a strong sensitivity to sugar, whether in sucrose, lactose, fructose, maltose,(anything with "ose" at the end of it!).
This spring season has been difficult for many of us who are struggling. I read your thread earlier and recognize so readily the problems.
Take care. If it's encouraging to you, avoiding the things that you are sensitive to may help more than you know. For example, watch for a stuffy nose occurring following the ingestion of a food you suspect as a trigger.
Chocolate, milk, cheese and anything with sugar in it are all bothersome for many of us, though food sensitivities are peculiar for each individual.
Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 3/22/2012 11:12:53 AM (GMT-6)