Should throat/sinus inflammation concern me as my body is trying to "fix" something and thus taxing my immune system? Is it worth taking allergy medication and will these meds stop the inflammation? Do you consider the potential side effects of allergy meds worth enduring to get rid of inflammation?
Would allergy testing be a good idea to find out what might be causing the reaction?
I don't like meds, especially when I'm supposed to take them every day and just for the "symptoms" of what is possibly a larger problem. A visit to the doctor yesterday revealed that what I refer to as my "sinus issues" is actually resulting in chronic inflammation: my throat is apparently red and inflamed.
Other symptoms include fluid in the ear and continuous post-nasal drip. Sometimes a headache springs up as well. I have a feeling "mind fog," light-headedness, fatigue, and similar symptoms are also tied into this...
Even though these symptoms are annoying, I've lived with them for as long as I can remember and I've gotten used to them. The inflammation is worrying me though. I know chronic gut inflammation can cause major issues...what about inflammation in other areas of the body?
The doctor convinced me to try allergy meds. I have tried them before and every time I have decided the side effects are more bothersome than the allergy symptoms. The meds dry my sinuses out, but they also somehow dry my skin. They make me not just fatigued but lethargic, and the mind fog turns into an almost out-of-body experience. If I stay on them, the side effects become less intense, but then if I miss a day or stop taking the meds, it's as if I have withdrawal symptoms: the tiredness comes back full force, I'm incredibly congested, and generally just feel horrible.
Your opinions about the inflammation vs. allergy meds are greatly appreciated! Thanks!
My sinus problem was cleared up years ago by chewing bees' cappings (the waxy covering from the front of the honey comb) which is clearly Paleo. Never had a problem since. Oil -pulling is also regarded as a natural and effective treatment for sinusitis if no bee-keepers near you.
I agree that removing nightshades may be something you want to try. Bitters, probiotics and possible digestive enzymes may help, if you arent' already taking them. Nettle infusions (1 ounce dried to 1 quart near boiling water, capped and allowed to steep for at least 8 hours) are amazing for allergies. I've also experienced relief by adding some raw apple cider vinegar to my daily. These may not be paleo approved but a hell of a lot better than any otc or rx. I hope you find the relief and answers you're looking for.
Oh also, I've found a homeopathic product that's nice to have on hand for acute relief, it's called Nelson's Sinus. It's a "clikpak" containing 84 pillules(dose is 2) and it costs about $7. The formulas contained are hydrastis, kali bic, pulsatilla ans thuja occ all in 30c. Unfortunately for those avoiding lactose, it is an inactive ingredient.