Flonase and Zertec Ineffective, What's Next?

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   Posted 9/29/2014 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I've been suffering from allergies for years now. In the recent 2-3 years it has been much worse. I've tried Allergra, which was effective for a while but then seemed to totally stop working. I switched to Zertec but it seem completely ineffective. I've been taking Flonase daily for a year now. Some days its effective, other days its effective for 15-30 minutes and then its much worse. I've also had allergies shots which didn't seem effective.

I don't have the sneezing and dripping nose. Instead my nose feels inflamed / closed. It feels like a blockage, as if air cannot pass through. I also have the throat hoarseness and irritation from time to time.

I also have bad GERD / Acid Reflux which results in a lot of "wet burps" / acid taste. I've wondered if that is maybe affecting my allergies.

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   Posted 10/2/2014 7:43 PM (GMT -6)   
You might check the search box for GERD or reflux and allergies or sore throat. A lot of the GERD forum people have had reflux giving them all sorts of lung issues. Acid in your esophagus can easily get into your trachea and then into your lungs.

I hope you are seeing a gastroenterologist and an allergist regularly. Maybe your reflux is not well controlled. It could be causing some of your symptoms.

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   Posted 10/4/2014 9:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Consider fungal sinus infection. Research suggests many who have chronic sinus issues have a fungal infection as the cause. Antifungal nasal rinses/sprays are the treatment.

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   Posted 10/5/2014 7:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you tried using Nasacort? It used to be that you had to have a prescription for it, but now you can get it over the counter. It has made a huge difference for me and works much better than Flonase. Also, I have problems with GERD as well and I take Prilosec daily. Together that helps with all the symptoms.

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