Why do my sinuses swell up after eating any carbohydrate? I have eliminated all sugars, carbohydrates, and dairy for days and my sinus symptoms clear up. But if I have any carb whatsoever, my right sinus swells up, feels inflammed, turns into a pounding headace, and I have a very odd smell or taste in my nose or throat, almost like a chemical. My body needs a certain amount of carbs and without them I get so hungry. I've been searching for answers online for years, because doctors just hand out antibiotics and none of them believe it could be a fungus, which I think it could be. I wish I knew what to do. What kind of doctor would be willing to administer Diflucan, and would that help if it were a fungus in my sinuses?
Last edited by Caroline5151; 10-21-2008 at 04:41 PM.
What makes you think it has anything to do with a fungal infection? It sounds more like some type of food allergy or sensitivity.
Fungal sinus infections don't ebb and flow based on your diet, they cause constant sinus inflammation and thick, discolored mucus. In most cases, doctors look for four things when diagnosing fungal sinusitis: A positive skin test for mold/fungus allergy, Nasal polyps, the presence of eosinophils in mucus secretions, and a positive culture showing fungus in your sinuses.
If a doctor does suspect a fungal infection, the typical treatment is irrigation with an antifungal solution of Amphotericin B (not an oral antifungal like Diflucan).
Have you ever been tested for allergies to see if you can identify the specific allergen that is causing your reaction. You may be able to eliminate a small number of foods and avoid the reaction in the future.
I have had chronic sinus problems all my adult life and have taken multiple rounds of antibiotics several times a year every year since the late 70's. I have read that candida can result from taking antibiotics, and most sinus problems are due to a fungus, and have also read that many people who seemed to be having similar symptoms were helped by taking Diflucan. I have learned that fungus feeds off of carbs and sugars and those foods trigger all my symptoms. If I eat a cracker, piece of bread, any carb, it's like igniting a fire. I have tried eating only organic foods, only whole foods, salads, veg. fish, chicken...but if I added a starchy veg. like boiled and mashed cauliflower, I would suffer. I take 15 billion probiotics a day, digestive enzymes, and vitamins. I drink only water or plain tea. Sometimes I eat alot of raw garlic thinking that would help, but it doesn't. The point you made about a fungus not ebbing and flowing based on my diet was helpful because it made sense, but if I had allergies, wouldn't it affect both eyes, sinuses, ears? It is predominately on my right side, but every now and then, it seems to roll over to the left side only. I had allergy shots for 2 1/2 yrs for dust and dust mites, never helped. I just wish I could find the answer.
I actually meant a food allergy. Many people have sensitivities to wheat or gluten which are the foundation of most carbohydrate rich foods (though that wouldn't explain why the starchy vegetables affect you). Those allergies can lead to a variety of symptoms including sinus symptoms.
Candida can be a problem for some people but it is actually a yeast (and doesn't cause sinus infections).
You need to find another allergy specialist. I live in NJ and work with a great doctor who seems to really dig deep into my problem which no other doctor took the time to do. I too have been on every antibiotic and she is trying different things with me which i like. A few weeks ago i finished a round of Diflucan which i took for a week because she suspected a fungus type of thing. Also at this time she advised me to also change my diet
to lay off the carbs so somehow all of these things work together and make the problem worse. I too have gotten weird responses from certain types of food. Also you are hungry because your blood sugar isnt balanced and eating bad carbs results in a dip in your blood sugar and hunger for more. Once you lay off the bad carbs and your blood sugar is stabilized your cravings will go away, just eat the right kind of carb that is good for you. I know alot about this because my little daughter has type 1 diabetes and i have also read a ton of info on this subject.
Last edited by Ginger9909; 10-23-2008 at 01:40 PM.
I used to live in Florida & went to a Dr. Robbins in Boca Raton....he was the doc other docs referred to if they couldn't figure out a sinus/allergy problem. He helped me tremendously at that time...addressed diet, candida...alot. He is mentioned in Dr. Crooks' Candida book & was on a health show on allergies with Dr. Randolph (?)....knowledgeable. All his staff at that time said he had saved them & they came to work for him. It's worth a shot. Albert Robbins, DO. Good luck to you. I, too am suffering & haven't found a good doc where I have moved. I discontinued my treatment with Robbins way too soon back then....wished I would've cont'd now.