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MandiKat 08-24-2012 01:02 PM

Is this really allergies??
Hello everyone! I'm new here. My question is regarding seasonal allergies. My problems began in April with an ear and throat infection. He gave me a prescription for an antibiotic. (I would like to point out, this was during my annual exam, so I had a complete blood work up done. EVERYTHING was normal with the exception of a slightly elevated white blood count.) But the pressure in my ear never went away. Then I went from having ear pressure to "tightness" in my throat. Not difficult to breathe, but it sort of felt like what I would imagine having a rubber band around my neck would feel like.. just sort of restricted. I went to urgent care. I was informed I had allergies and to take Zyrtec D. While this did decrease the tightness some, it didn't take the extensive swelling down in my throat or get rid of the fluid in my ears. After taking the Zyrtec D for about 10 days, I went to MY doctor. He said I had a severe ear and throat infection. But that he agreed with the first doctor that I do have allergies. He prescribed me a stronger antibiotic and an oral steroid. This definitely helped!! This was back in July. While I do feel A LOT better, I still have inflammation in my throat, nose and ears. Not to the degree that it was. I am still taking the Zyrtec D, twice a day. And this does offer improvement. I've tried not taking it, and it's unmanageable. But, this leaves me confused.. everything I read about allergies talks about sneezing, runny nose, sinus headaches etc... I do NOT have any of those symptoms. I NEVER have! All I have is this inflammation. So, is it the allergy medicine that helps, or the decongestant in it that is masking another problem? If anyone else has this, or knows of someone, or can just offer advice.. please let me know. I feel lost on what to do.. go to an allergist.. an ENT.. I just want to feel normal again!!

janewhite1 08-24-2012 02:15 PM

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I would go to an allergist. He can offer testing to confirm that you do have allergies and find out exactly what they are. Allergists can also prescribe other meds to go along with the zyrtec, and maybe do allergy shots if necessary.

Titchou 08-24-2012 07:14 PM

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It does sound like allergies. An allergist for testing is you best bet. THen you can tailor your treatment.

Liquidplasma 08-25-2012 06:19 AM

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I answered you in your other post and it seems you have allergies.I have the samething as you plus muscle tension and post nasal drip( I bet you have a post nasal drip to) hence why you have a sore tight throat from all the mucus that is supposed to come out of nose is dripping on your throat walls. And if allergy meds makes it bareable it sounds like allergy. I've had 7 X-rays, 2 mris , six full blood and urine tests, gastroscopy, EKG all since April and it's come down to this. I went to ENT and even tmj specialist all signs point to swollen sinuses and allergies. Try this , down load a pollen counter app if you have an iPhone and on days when it's worse check the closest city I bet the count is through the roof!! My nex step allergist !

cyberrat 08-26-2012 01:09 PM

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its rag weed season and the pollen can travel up to 100 miles. Using saline nasal spray is a life saver for me I use it before I go out side and when i get back inside and several times a day during high pollen days. use caution using Zyrtec it can cause a lot of problems on its own it caused me to have an upper respiratory infection

MandiKat 08-28-2012 07:16 PM

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Funny you should mention muscle tension. The past couple of days, I've head tightness in my trap muscle. This only makes the throat tightness worse. At least on the side with the muscle tension.

Liquidplasma 08-28-2012 07:29 PM

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Let me guess is it like a muscle knot feeling between spine and shoulder like a tension

MandiKat 08-29-2012 06:04 AM

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It's a knot, located at between my shoulder and neck. Closer to my neck.

Liquidplasma 08-31-2012 04:18 PM

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I'd bet we have the same thing . I'm going to the allergist sept11th I hope to god they find what's wrong . If they don't I'm in big trouble because I've exhausted all my options

MandiKat 09-10-2012 11:12 AM

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I had my testing done today. I am highly allergic to numerous grasses and molds. Negative for all trees, dust, dog and cat. All of the food allergy testing came back negative. But she said the "tight" feeling in the throat is usually due to food allergies. If the tightness comes back, I need to keep a food diary and call her immediately. She also is having immune blood work done on me, and testing me for celiac. Celiac can cause muscle tension, so maybe when you go tomorrow for your appointment you should mention this to your doctor. She advised me to continue taking Zyrtec D and gave me a nasal antihistamine to use for the next 6 weeks. She said I am a good candidate for allergy shots as my grass allergy is extremely high. She wants me to try this medicine combination for 6 weeks first. If there is a problem with my blood work, then she will get me in sooner. I hope this does it!!

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