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Posted by vicki on June 14, 2000 at 17:51:26:

In Reply to: allergy testing question, and sinuses.... posted by michelep on June 13, 2000 at 14:39:15:

: Hello, it's me again. Still having symptoms. My primary question is this - what, aside from infection or allergy, can cause the sinuses to become inflammed? After having sinus symptoms for awhile (dizzyness, lightheadedness, ear pressure, pain in cheeks and over bridge of nose, post-nasal drip), my doc sent me for a CT scan which revealed no structural abnormalities, no infection, but inflammed sinuses. She diagnosed allergies. Well, I just was allergy tested, and I was not allergic to any of the 72 things they tested me for. Any ideas on what else could be causing this sinus inflammation? I am feeling better (less dizzy, especially), but still having significant facial pain.
: Dr. Grossan had suggested Neosporin in the nostrils in response to some funky mucus I was getting from one nostril. That does seem to have helped with that symptom, but the others have remained.

: If I don't have an infection, or allergies, or a structural abnormality, what is causing my sinuses to be inflammed? I am beginning to be frightened that I have some scary autoimmune disease! Any advice would be much appreciated!

: Is it possible for the allergy testing to miss something? I was tested for 72 common things. The only reactions were VERY slight (he called them plus-minus) to horses (which I'm never around) and dust mites - but he said it was much to moderate a response to be responsible for my symptoms.

: Any advice would be much appreciated!

: Michele

Don't give up keep digging for the answer to your problem. Maybe you have an allergy to something that is not a routine check for allergies. I don't know if you have noticed any other symptoms or not but maybe you might want to check for latex allergy, nickle allergy or something along those lines. These are allergies that are not normally checked unless requested. Keep a close eye on your surroundings and how you react to them. Even the little things may give you a clue as to your situation. My husband has the latex allergy and it can be very scary. But with alot of suport you will find you can concure anything. Good luck in your search for the answer and keep me posted.

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