Nasal inflammation due to allergies with ear fullness (Advice, please, please, please and thank you)

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FalmouthMaine
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   Posted 8/21/2014 1:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Seeking advice: October 2013 I had a sinus infection (They were increasing) and could not shake it. After 3 rounds of medications. It has progressed into what Mass Eye and Ear and Mass General say allergy induced inflammation (Beteen my eyes) which has caused pressure, headaches but the worst-ears being full and causing motion sickness altering daily life as I knew it. I am currently on 9th week of steroid nasal irragation, 5th allergy shot and have reduced foods I have intollerances too. Also have done all the normal stuff suggested (I am allergice to dogs, cats, pollen, ragweed and dust mites) I am so desperate I almost put $1 million dollar reward for anyone who could "Cure me". Always had some seasonal allergies but no big deal. Now: Constant headaches, motion sickness and nasal and ear pressure. I had tubes in my ear that did not work as well. Also have done alternative stuff as well. Any suggestions on "What to do now" Would be greatly appreciated.

Razzle
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   Posted 8/22/2014 3:30 AM (GMT -7)   
Look into fungal sinus infection. Most chronic sinus problems may be caused by fungal infections (study done at Mayo Clinic by an Ear-Nose-Throat specialist).
-Razzle

Chronic Lyme, Bart., Gluten & Sulfite Sensitivity, Many Food/Inhalant/Medication/Chemical Allergies & Intolerances, Asthma, Gut dysmotility & non-specific inflammation, Lupus, Osteoporosis, etc.; G-Tube; TPN-dependent
Meds: Flagyl, Cefazolin, Zofran, Essential Oils, etc.

Asthmamom
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   Posted 8/23/2014 8:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Question: who is treating you? Allergist? Primary? ENT ? Etc?

Traditional allergy shot take a long time to become effective - at least 1 year. The allergy shots are introducing allergens to your body very slowly to re-train your autoimmune response to the triggers. It takes about a year to get to the maintance level.

Are you taking any antihystimiens to slow or stop the allergic response?
(Benedryl, Zyrtec, Allegra)

FalmouthMaine
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   Posted 8/23/2014 9:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for the reply. All of the above (Allergest, Primary, ENT, etc) I went to Mass Eye and Ear and Mass General as well for 2nd opinions. Currently using Nasal Irrigation system which was suppose to ease inflammation, Claritan D and Allergy shots. I did try Pseudafed and Musinex last night which while not a cure, made me feel the best in 10 months. Going to a Eustacian Tube expert in Boston but cannot get in until Feb! What do you think?

FalmouthMaine
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   Posted 8/23/2014 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Probably a dumb question, but how do you test for Fungal infections?

Asthmamom
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   Posted 8/23/2014 11:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Years ago, I had a chronic sinus infection that I could not shake. What worked?

Psuedepedrine - for 2 weeks. The pseudephed and mucinex will help get rid of the mucus. If it is an infection, drying up the snot will get rid of the infection growth medium. You might be able to starve it to death. If the pseudofed and musinex are working for you,keep taking it for a few weeks.

With regard to allergies, especially dust mites, the biggest bang for your buck is the allergy pillow covers, followed by the allergy mattress covers. If you don't have them, get them. You can get them most anywhere that sells bet clothes - Target, Walmart, Bed, Bath & Beyond
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