so I have had pretty chronic nasal congestion for as long as I can remember (am in my early twenties).
I was hoping going mostly paleo* would clear it up, but to no avail.
In the interest of 80/20 and the pareto principle, etc., are there SPECIFIC foods/allergies that may be causing the congestion. i.e. do you have SPECIFIC foods/habits that you would eliminate (or add)?
Keep in mind (this gets a little gross):
On a scale of 1-10 discomfort level, this is like a 3 maximum. I'm just curious because I've had it for most of my life.
*mostly paleo=occasional dairy consumption (cheese, milk), occasional to regular alcohol/beer consumption, and sporadic cheat days (i.e. pounding dominos thin crust with my friends on football sunday)...hahaha so maybe this isn't even 'mostly' paleo
I want to recommend a practice and a book called Oil Pulling Therapy by Bruce Fife, who is well known for popularizing the health benefits of coconut and coconut oil. Honestly I cannot fully explain why oil pulling might work, but it has totally ended my 30+ years of chronic sinus congestion. It's amazing. Here's a link... http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/article%20oil%20pulling.htm
I've had the EXACT same symptoms for as long as I remember examining my health (that would be ~15 years; I'm 30 now). I'm Caucasian, body fat ~20%, exercise 2-3 times a week.
I experience stuffy nose in the morning, but not runny nose. My nose never runs (except when I get a cold, once or twice a year). What congests it is the lining (the turbinates), which swell for no clear reason.
Anyway, when I wake up, one nostril is always almost completely blocked, while the other is free. Which is blocked and which is free varies, probably depending on what side I sleep on.
During the day inside the office (where air is conditioned and everything is constant), the nostrils randomly get stuffed or free up. Same happens at home (no air conditioning). Allegedly I'm allergic to dust mites (based on two intradermal tests), but one skin prick test showed I was not allergic to anything.
What I'm currently trying: Allergen immunotherapy: I've been taking allergy shots for dust mites and common trees (even though I did not test allergic to the trees) for almost 8 months. The results are small for now, but I've just reached the maintenance dose, and "Treatment needs to be continued for at least 3 years to achieve maximum effectiveness in immune desensitisation to the allergen".
Could be something you're breathing, dust, mold, mites, aftershave, skin cream scent, soap scent, etc. Could be a different food intolerance than milk. Mine cleared up when I stopped drinking tea, which I never would have figured. Try eliminating different things and see what happens. Good luck.
I had a similar issue for many many years. Later I found out that I have a fairly intense dust mite allergy. Wrapping pillows and mattresses with allergen covers, keeping the place clean, and taking a nasal spray (mometasome, fluticasone) daily has helped immensely.
I asked a question along similar lines, maybe some help here:
I've concluded that wheat causes my congestion, and it's not a quick fix. If I don't have wheat for say a week, the congestion will still be there, maybe slightly less. It takes me at least a month of no wheat to clear the congestion, possibly more. It's as if my body needs a long time without such a poison to slowly reduce the symptom. It took me a while to figure this out, seeing as I have no other obvious symptoms when I eat wheat.
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