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    Old 02-16-2006, 08:49 PM   #1
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    alternative medicine to cure allergies?..I'll try anything!

    I'm quite confident that my use of flonase for 3 yrs, OTC meds, singulair, and 14 yrs of allergy shots are longer cutting it for me.

    So I've decided to make an appt. with a natureopathic MD b/c I'm desperate for a cure or some better relief.

    I spoke with her on the phone (very nice and seems knowledgable) and she said the problem is that everyone is only treating symptoms and not the main cause (which could be food allergies/ I have none that I am aware of). So after we meet, she will order a blood test that tests for 95 different foods. She didnt go into detail but also mentioned acupuncture and possible herbs, maybe a colon cleanse.

    She also told me allergy shots are really not the answer either.

    I have my doubts, but any time my doc every gave me a new pill to take or spray to try I was so postive that it would work wonder for me, but I have been let down every time b/c they do nothing!

    It only seems logical to find the root of the problem, but if money is in the medicine how do these ppl actually make a living? I've never actually met someone personally who tried this approach, but it seems everyone would rather pop a pill instead and still complain that it does nothing and live with that.

    If anyone has ever tried alternative therapies I'd love to hear about them, but if not I'll tell you all about how I am doing in the next few weeks!

     
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    Old 02-16-2006, 09:17 PM   #2
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    Re: alternative medicine to cure allergies?..I'll try anything!

    good luck. I've only been dealing with sinus infections for 4 months, and I already fell like I've been through hell. I've pretty much been sick for 3 out of the last 4 months. Food allergies?? That would be interesting. How could you develop allergies late in life?
    Lately I've blamed an abcessed toothe for my infections, which is very possible. I got it pulled 3 days ago, more antibiotics, but still not completely well. New symptom came on the day I got my tooth pulled- sore throat. Dont know/can't tell if its related. I just feel poisined. If something comes up please post any info. Grapefruit seed extract, elderberry, and silver colloid are some homeopathic things you can try. Good luck, John

     
    Old 02-16-2006, 09:54 PM   #3
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    Re: alternative medicine to cure allergies?..I'll try anything!

    John,

    I'm sorry to hear about those sinus infections. I told this natureopath that I was diagnosed with chronic left maxillary sinusitis -- "No," she remarked. You just don't have sinusitis unless due to some severe structural problem. Mine stems from allergies, and I'm dying to know what is causing them b/c I am a very healthy eater -- a bodybuilder, in fact!

    Who are you seeing now for your sinusitis? I don't know much about your symptoms, but those sinus washes such as netipots and neil med's rinse (just use baking soda and salt) help rinse away the mucus. It may not cure the problem but neither do meds and you've read my take on them.

    If you have allergies, as I do, I'm not sure I know enough about allergy shots to say give up on them. Many ppl think b/c you have allergies with an over-active immune system that that's a good thing...not at all. So the shots are supposed to help you build up a tolerance to the allergens. I've also heard that ppl with environmental alergies are more susceptible to food allergies which is very scary and not normal for the immune system at all. I've also been reading about NAET for food allergies, if you're concerned. I hear that food allergies can cause almost everything from simple stuffiness, sinusitis, to anaphalayxis. Most ppl dont know about food allergies IF they have them b/c the symptoms are mild -- and i guess they can always remain that way maybe depends on the person.

    Nowadays it seems like u have to be your own doctor b/c none know yourself better than you do, obviously. There was someone who was have random eye swelling and throat swelling up, and the doc told him to take allergra! i also find it disturbing how alla of these allergy meds have potential 2 cause respiratory infections under "side effects." This cant be good to an already disturbed, out of whack immune system.

    Sorry this has turned more into a rant than anything. But I will keep you posted if anything good comes out of this.

    Stay Healthy!

     
    Old 02-17-2006, 05:43 AM   #4
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    Re: alternative medicine to cure allergies?..I'll try anything!

    Am surprised that you've been on the shots for 14 years! It's usually a 5 year regimen. What sort of doc are you going to? And you can develop allergies at any age...they come and go. If you have food allergies, then the injections won;t be helping you. I have a cousin who's allergic to corn and gets the usualy sinus issues whenever he eats it...not the stomach type problems most associate with food allergies. So it could be anything. If you're going to an ENT, I'd switch to an allergist or an inmmunologist (which is what I did).

     
    Old 02-17-2006, 09:29 AM   #5
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    Re: alternative medicine to cure allergies?..I'll try anything!

    yes 14 yrs...so you can imagine how ridiculous this seems! I have been going to an allergist since I was 8, and he retired about a year ago, so I am seeing a new allergist (who supposedly is very good b/c it took me 5 months to get an appt with him) He retested me for only a few things: dog cat mouse cockroach mites and pollen, whereas my allergist from back in the day tested me for like 50 things! I even inquired about food allergies, but he didnt say much. Im just so thrilled this natureopath wants to take a blood test, it's the first thing that's actually made sense to me.

    My allergies usually get better throughout the day. Upon waking I am at my worst. So clogged I cant get the junk out even with my sinus rinse.

    Last week I saw a NEW ENT; that's sright I had septoplasty before and max opened but from looking at my old xrays this new guy said he saw things the old ENT should have done HMMMMM? So I'm seeing him next week with the updated xrays!

    See i feel like this naturopathy is my last hope b/c everything else has proved to do nothing, only very little for the symptoms. I feel no different taking my Alavert one day and not taking it the next. It's not normal to live life being allergic to common things like pollen, dogs etc...it may be common in this society but it's not normal at all. That really freaks me out to know that something is really messed with my body/immune system, and it really bothers me to know that my alergist never considered testing me for food allergies, considering how long ive been on shots.

    i know that it's not hopeless b/c I really have faith in the natureopath and if all else fails I can always move b/c Maryland is so polluted and gross. Yeah I could always develop new allergies but maybe not if I get to the source of the problem.

    thanks for listening.

     
    Old 02-17-2006, 11:42 AM   #6
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    Re: alternative medicine to cure allergies?..I'll try anything!

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    Maryland is so polluted and gross.
    What? I live in Maryland too, you think where we live has something to do with our sinus problems?


     
    Old 02-17-2006, 12:22 PM   #7
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    Re: alternative medicine to cure allergies?..I'll try anything!

    HI
    I have heard that the supplement quercetin is meant to be good for allergies as it helps the body not to react so much to the histamine. You should research it as it is a while ago that I investigated it.

     
    Old 02-17-2006, 12:55 PM   #8
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    Re: alternative medicine to cure allergies?..I'll try anything!

    Hara,

    Yeah, I hear what your saying because the whole thing is quite frustrating and especially when dealing with it your whole life as I have. It is even more frustrating when the things that are supposed to help you provide little or no relief. I'm in the same boat as you regarding the shots and the medications, and I have steadily gotten worse of the years rather than better. Anithistamines do help to a degree, but the shots however seem to make me even more sensitive to the things they are injecting. I dread when my doses are raised because that means I have to be without my antihistamines for three days, and that is never a good thing because I am severly allergic to so many things. Lets just say I've freaked out the allergy nurses on more than one occasion with my reactions.

    I am also allergic to many foods, and this being confirmed by a blood test. While most of my food allergies affect me intestinally; severe cramping, diarrhea, bloating, constipation, vomitting, some cause me to break out into hives, some cause the roof of my mouth to itch, and some cause problems with my ears. I wish I could say that food allergies were the cause of my environmental allergies but unfortunately they are not because after giving up the food that I am allergic to, I'm still a mess! I will say that there are certain concomitant foods that will react with whatever you're allergic to, and cause your symptoms to be worse than usual. For instance, I'm not allergic to melon or squash, but give them to me during ragweed season and I'm liable to go into anaphylactic shock. So in my opinion food does play a major role with allergies, but there is no way that I believe it to be the cause of my allergies. I believe my mom smoking when she was pregnant for me, and smoking for the whole time that I lived with her was a contributing factor to my crappy immune system. Really there is no other explaination because she has no allergies, and my dad has very few. The good thing about my immune system is that because it's so busy fighting off allergens 24/7, cold viruses rarely make their way in! LOL If I get sick once a year it's a miracle. There's really no payoff though because I deal with allergy symptoms day in and day out. Hey maybe someday they'll come up with a way to erase ones immune system and start over?

    I wish you the best of luck in your quest for homeopathic relief. My mom always says I should eat local honey everyday because of the pollen factor, but I say, how is that going to help with my allergies to cats, dogs, dust, mold, trees and weeds? I've cometo the realization that there is just no cure for the immune system mess called allergies. After 33 years, thats my conclusion.

     
    Old 02-17-2006, 04:59 PM   #9
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    Re: alternative medicine to cure allergies?..I'll try anything!

    I'm not against Naturopaths, but she is flat out wrong saying you can only have sinusistis if you have structural problems. Yes, allergies are the root cause of your sinusitits, but severe out of control allergies can turn into infections. So definitely follow up with your new ENT.

    As far as natural therapies, I've had accupuncture, and am thinking about getting it again. It didn't help so much with my allerges, (like making me allergy free) but it helped my sinuses tremendously. I used to get really bad headaches, and for 3 months afterwardsI didn't get any. Now it seems to be wearing off, but the headaches still aren't as bad as before. And my drainage improved.

    I also tried some homeopathic medicines, again the one for allergies didn't seem to do much, but the one for sinus congestion totally unblocked my ears. But still, I have had little need to take it since my sinus surgery.

     
    Old 02-17-2006, 05:14 PM   #10
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    Re: alternative medicine to cure allergies?..I'll try anything!

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    What? I live in Maryland too, you think where we live has something to do with our sinus problems?

    Who knows? One of my friends lived in White Marsh all of his life 9all of his life he had allergies/sinusitis, and he moved to Orlando last year and feels fine lol. Someone told me once if you live in MD you can live anywhere, and I believe that's true!

     
    Old 02-17-2006, 05:30 PM   #11
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    [QUOTE=sneezydiva]I'm not against Naturopaths, but she is flat out wrong saying you can only have sinusistis if you have structural problems.
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    Well I don't know what to think anymore....What makes one person allergic and one person not? Neither one of my parents have allergies. My mom just gets sinus headaches but I never get headaches...just the congestion PND and allergic symptoms, which is enough though.

    They say give shots 5 years, well I gave them 14 lol maybe Im just an exception.

    The more I reaserch allergy meds the more ticked off I get at their side effects and the fact that they are probably weakening our immune system, especially the whole flonase nasal spray family. Singulair seems to be the more logical b/c it blocks Leukocytes; of course, side effects can include URIs and much more. Why do allergy meds carry a risk for URIs if they are intended to help manage our symptoms? However, I'm so thankful for Neil Med sinus rinse!

    Have you done any research on NAET? They have an entensive list of testimonals, but it sounds too good to be true. But at this point so does everything else.

     
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    Re: alternative medicine to cure allergies?..I'll try anything!

    You very well could have structural problems, that's why you should follow up with the new ENT regardless. But she is right about allergies playing a role, and possible food allergies. My ENT tested me for food allergies. And I found I was allergic to eggs and tomatoes, 2 foods I refused to eat as a kid. It's funny how as adults we lose touvh with our bodies. All I was saying is, that you can have sinsusitis without structural problems. I just found her statement strange.

     
    Old 02-17-2006, 06:01 PM   #13
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    You very well could have structural problems, that's why you should follow up with the new ENT regardless. But she is right about allergies playing a role, and possible food allergies. My ENT tested me for food allergies. And I found I was allergic to eggs and tomatoes, 2 foods I refused to eat as a kid. It's funny how as adults we lose touvh with our bodies. All I was saying is, that you can have sinsusitis without structural problems. I just found her statement strange.

    I was floored too. Sorry I didnt want to sound like I meant you were wrong. I'm just trying to keep an open mind about everything. B/c I had a septoplasty and right maxillary opened, but this new ENT said from my old xrays that the old ent should have done more to help me breathe better, so im going to follow up with new xrays. I was looking at the darn things and I see the same white blob thing in my right maxiallry sinus as before AAh!

    What type of sinus surgery did u have?

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    Old 02-17-2006, 08:37 PM   #14
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    Re: alternative medicine to cure allergies?..I'll try anything!

    Oh that's okay, I know you didn't mean anything by it. And I didn't mean to say you shouldn't see the naturopath. despite her weird assertion, she has some good ideas. Just follow up with the ENT also.

    I had functionl endoscopic sinus surgery and a turbinate reduction.

     
    Old 02-17-2006, 08:40 PM   #15
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    Re: alternative medicine to cure allergies?..I'll try anything!

    Good luck to you, I am in the same boat as you are , but for a different problem, contact dermatitis. I tried to find an MD that was also a Naturopath, to no avail. Please let us know how you are doing.

     
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