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Allergies board

[QUOTE]my allergist told me taking an antihistamine would only dry out my sinuses even more....bad choice for me. i just started taking singulair

Just remember that Singulair is not an antihistamine. It helps block the release of leukotrienes which cause inflammation as part of an allergic reaction but isn't all that effective with allergies (it's more effective with asthma which is an inflammatory disease). You might try taking Claritin - it's probably the least drying of the antihistamines, and if you have allergies that are severe enough that you're getting shots, an antihistamine can't really hurt.

[QUOTE]flonase is pretty Safe and all, but i have to admit That i think it could possibly do more harm Than good

Because it's administered topically, the amount of Flonase that ever gets into your bloodstream is tiny (less than 2% according to clinical trials). For most people that translates to absolutely no steroids actually getting into your bloodstream. It's certainly much safer to use the Flonase than to have your symptoms get out of control and need oral steroids.

[QUOTE]oh yea, do u know Anything about having your adnoids out.....my doc was Saying i might need that, but would that do any good for my sinuses?

It does help some people. The adenoids can become inflamed and block the drainage pathway from the sinuses to the throat, causing mucus to get trapped and harbor an infection. Removing the adenoids can help your sinuses drain better which could help alleviate your infections.
[QUOTE]i wonder if i should go off the singulair

It might help with the inflammation so I'd stick with it for a few weeks to see if you think it helps.

[QUOTE]my allergist always said the antihistamines would be too Drying for my sinuses.

I'm very surprised by that. Yes, they can be drying (although the newer ones like Claritin and Zyrtec aren't as drying as some of the older ones), but the release of histamines during an allergic reaction causes an inflammation in the mucus membranes in your nose. That's why some people swell up if they eat something they're allergic to. Antihistamines stop (or minimize) this reaction which helps minimize the inflammation in your sinuses. When you're struggling with allergies, antihistamines work best when taken every day so that the histamine never gets released, the inflammation never starts, and you don't end up being miserable.

[QUOTE]i also wonder if going off my flonase for many months significantly contributed to this sinus inflammation

I suspect that it did (after all, Flonase is primarily an anti-inflammatory).

[QUOTE]i thought my allergy shots, alone, would help me

They take time, and it usually works best to slowly wean yourself off of medication once the shots are working and your symptoms have diminished. Many people still need some medical therapy in addition to the shots.

[QUOTE]as far as the neil meds sinus rinse goes, i Was told i doesnt even get into the sinus cavities, just The nasal cavity

I don't know who told you that but it's absolutely not true (think about the volume of water in that NeilMed bottle compared to the size of your nose, and keep in mind that the entrances to the maxillary and ethmoid sinuses are right inside your nasal cavity, if it's not getting into your sinuses, where is it all going?). If you want to prove to yourself that it does actually get into your sinuses try irrigating with cold water (once!) - you'll be able to feel it getting up into your frontal sinuses and into your maxillary sinuses.

[QUOTE]would the hydropulse irrigation system be any better?

I prefer the NeilMed bottle for the same reason you do - you can use more force to get the liquid into the sinus cavities. The main reason some people give for using the hydropulse system is that the pulsating action more closely matches the natural rhythm of the cilia in your nose, but it's also messier, takes longer and is a little more complicated (and it's expensive). Most of the ENTs that I know are recommending the SinusRinse bottles.

[QUOTE]i didnt think i needed all the other crap in my system.

I completely understand but it's better than more surgery. I'd recommend that you keep taking the Singulair, start back on the Flonase, and try taking a Claritin every day for two weeks to see if you feel better and are less congested. If things improve then you can try stopping one med at a time to see if you can decrease the number of things you're taking, but it sounds like you're pretty miserable right now and I suspect that you'll feel a lot better once you get this under control.