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Old 09-12-2013, 05:49 AM   #1
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Chronic rash/redness on throat

There have been persistent issues with the back of my mouth feeling slightly swollen, chronic indigestion and on rare occasions difficulty swallowing and even "clicking" sensations when I swallow. These symptoms can be there one day and gone the next though, they are not permanent.

I suffered anaphylaxis with a nut allergy a couple of years ago and had blood tests done which showed my IgE levels are highly elevated (normal for someone with allergies). I have ensured that I am never exposed to the allergens I have and never had another severe reaction. Despite this, I seem to keep having these persistent mild reactions and I am not sure what it is to. I have tried elimination dieting and not had much success.

Alongside this the skin on my face has also been consistently reddened and swollen, with spots. I also frequently have swollen sinuses and I have had tinnitus in my ears, giving me balance problems. I went and had ear and balance tests done recently and they were all fine, and I'm booked in for what I think is an endoscopy in February (a long wait) but until then I really need to figure out how to manage this.

Part of me also wonders whether this could all be stress-related as I am going through a very stressful time right now. I have also developed health anxiety as a result of all of these experiences. I wonder how much the mental aspect of what is going on right now could be influencing the reactions in my body. This has been the only consistent trend accompanying it. Some days I'll eat exactly the same thing two days in a row, and it flares up one day and not the next. But more consistently it seems to happen when I am stressed. I haven't kept an exact diary to say that for sure, but it does seem to be an emerging pattern.

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Old 10-04-2013, 10:41 PM   #2
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Re: Chronic rash/redness on throat

Hello!

I stumbled upon your post and took a look at the photo you uploaded and wanted to write and let you know that you aren't alone. I have been experiencing several ENT related issues for the past year and saw an ENT specialist who said I most likely have LPR (which is silent reflux) and I definitely have bad PND (post nasal drip) and a deviated septum.

The thing I most want to point out is:

-My throat looks almost identical to yours.
-Normal throats really do look similar to this. I should know! I compared mine to my parents, friends and siblings! Doctors also say it looks normal even when I am convinced it is not.

I assume you have the burning throat also? What about post nasal drip? My ENT said silent reflux may be causing my issues. But after taking strong acid reducers and maintaining a low acid diet... still no change. So I suspect it is something related to the constant PND.

My goal now is to find another ENT and to find a doctor who understands these issues.

I can absolutely return here to post my findings when I have them. In the meantime... it would help if you found a compassionate doctor. Throat pain can be pretty crappy as it is hard to focus on much else. Throat lozenges have helped.

Hope you feel better soon! Just know you are not alone!

 
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