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I’m still experimenting with removing certain foods out of my diet in order to help with the nasal symptoms I’ve been having. They’ve been going on for a while now and nothing has worked to help get rid of the problem.
One possible reason could be certain foods I’m eating. My diet has changed drastically over the last few years, and perhaps I have an allergy to some food and this is what is causing the problem.
It’s difficult to gauge the success of removing foods from your diet and symptoms. Sometimes the symptoms can take days to appear, and sometimes symptoms just get better on their own for a few days. How can you tell whether or not something is working unless you literally go to a very basic diet?
Things that didn’t work
It’s difficult to know whether or not removing certain foods from my diet helps my nasal symptoms.
Removing low-fat yogurt never did anything because I never noticed any change at all. When I started to cut back on eating apples, I noticed a subtle improvement but was good enough to justify me removing them from my diet.
Something triggered this problem early on in 2005, and I think it may have been stress related.
So I’ve got the problem now and I’ll try to learn to deal with it. I used to have really bad hay fever symptoms during the summer for many years during high school. I started calorie restriction and the symptoms disappeared, so I never thought that I would have to deal with these kinds of symptoms anymore. It’s bizarre if you ask me.
Hopefully, I’ll figure this out eventually, I don’t think I’ll have to live with these awful symptoms forever. And if it doesn’t go away, then hopefully medicine will find a cure someday soon!
Appointment with ENT
I am still waiting for an appointment to see the ENT doctor. My GP thinks that the symptoms I’m having are related to allergies or maybe a food that I’m eating, but as I said, I’m not sure that this is the cause.
They’ve given me a spray called Nasonex to deal with the symptoms for now, and it helps a little bit. I also use something called a “neti pot”. This is simply using water and salt to wash out the nasal passages. Yeah, it sounds gross, but it helps a lot!
You have to be careful though. You have to make sure the water is clean!
I’ve spoken to my doctor about getting an allergy test done, but he thinks there is no point. Why? Because he says that I’m probably going to be allergic to so many foods that it may just put me off eating most things, or put me in a hopeless situation.
I’m updating this article to share what happened in the end!
At some point, I developed a cold and the symptoms disappeared for a while. I was then given doxycycline, which is a good antibiotic for sinusitis. And guess what? The symptoms completely went away.
I suffered from the symptoms for over a year and the only thing I needed to clear the symptoms was to take an antibiotic for a few days.
The sad part is that even the doctors at the hospital dismissed my symptoms and claimed it was allergy related. So then, why did antibiotics work within one day?
My lesson here is that you have to be persistent in trying to get answers. If you have a problem, don’t give up!
Article reviewed and updated: 08/2018