I've lived in the same place for over 30 years, with no known allergies despite being in a area with extremity heavy pollen counts in the spring. about
4 years ago I started experiencing two problems with my ears. They do NOT occur at the same time.1) Vertigo.
Generally attributed to my left ear, starts by not being able to walk in a straight line. Spinning enough to prohibit doing anything, not driving or working, but I can read. Not bad enough to vomit or need the ER. Episodes are from 4 hours to 4-6 days in length. ENT's initially thought BPPV, and the Epley maneuver helps some, but episodes are getting more frequent. Recently suggested that I have Auditory Brainstem Response, Electrocochleography, and Videonystagmography tests.
Has anyone had these tests, was anything found, did it relate to possible allergies in any way? Discuss! ;)2) Pain and itching in ears,
again predominately in my left ear. Started mostly in the fall, and I do know I have a mild allergy to mold - I do live in an area where leaves fall and rot in autumn. In the beginning my Dr was okay saying it was the start of an ear infection and prescribing antibiotics which seemed to always clear it up in 2-3 days. Note that I have no sneezing, no congestion or runny nose, no watery eyes, no itching around the eyes --- just the ear stuff.
Now my primary care has started saying, nope, it's not an infection. So back to the ENT who also says no infection. Wanted me to do nasal sprays (sorry, I can't stand spraying stuff up my nose!! How do you get used to doing that???), Allegra-D, and ear drops (hard to do ear drops too, hate them)!! Right now just doing the Allegra-D, waiting on nose/ear spray/drops. Three days and my ears still ache and itch --- and it's worse about
6-7 pm and thru the evening.
Does this sound like an allergy? What treatments have worked? Can allergies be treated without that rigorous series of multiple picks & tests? Despite being almost 60, this isn't anything I've had to deal with before. Your thoughts and experiences are appreciated.
Oh, and my last question -- do you think these two things are related?
Post Edited (Lynnwood) : 3/25/2018 8:28:17 PM (GMT-6)