Sinus infections, looking for suggestions

I've been having ear/noise/throat infections on and off for about 6 months now. I'm really unsure as to what the problem could be. I've been to different doctors without luck of finding the cause. The first two times they've given me antibiotics. During my last recent visit I declined on them. It's only providing temporary relief. About 3 weeks ago I started to notice a decrease in my swimming performance. That was my sign that the affection was coming back. Sure enough a week later it was back. I'm a little worried about this. My blood temp is normally around 115/72 or something like that. Now it's around 140/86. This evening it hit to 154/92. That's extremely high for me. I try to eat right and exercise daily. This is really started to interfere with my daily life.

Looking for suggestions on correction the problem. I had a steam machine breathing thing. That provides temporary relief. Antibiotics get rid of it for about 2 months max. Getting more sleep and changing my lifestyle around was also something I'm trying. Things seem to be getting worse rather than better.

I also should point out that I did take the antibiotics for the entire time that the doctor asked. I don't want to keep taking them because I don't want my body giving immune to them. My next idea was going to see a chiropractor.

Update:

Yea I meant pressure. No clue why I type temp.

Other systems. Mild dizziness and confusion. I had a clean driving record for 10 years. Today I made a left turn during a red light. For some reason I didn't realize that was wrong till my friend asked to drive. I laugh but that's a little scary...

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  • Minx
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    Recurring infections such as sinusitis, tonsilitis, ear, respiratory, urinary and so forth, are symptoms of having a delayed allergic reaction to foods that you are eating ....... immediate food allergies give prompt and dramatic evidence of their presence..... delayed food allergies, on the other hand, can be more subtle and difficult to recognise.......... keep a detailed food journal and record the foods you eat and how you feel throughout the day to enable you to recognise the symptoms of a delayed food allergy....... could be milk and dairy products or wheat or even the sugar contained in high sugar fruits such as oranges, apples, bananas, mangoes .

    Other symptoms of delayed food allergies are ~

    Chronically swollen glands

    Chronic digestive problems, including the symptoms of IBS;

    Recurring inflammatory conditions, such as gastroinestinal inflammation, arthritis etc.;

    Difficulty losing excess weiht;

    Unexplained bouts of severe fatigue after eating;

    Tendency to hold water that is not associated with the menstrual cycle;

    Dark circles under your eyes (sometimes called allergic shiners);

    Frequent stuffy nose or postnasal drip that lasts for several hours after meals; also clearing your throat frequently after eating;

    Anxiety and heart palpitations withing several hours of eating;

    Unexplained skin rashes;

    history of gallbladder disease;

    history of acne;

    history of antiobiotic use;

    Mental fogginess after eating;

    Bouts of low blood sugar;

    headaches ............... read a book called "What your Doctor May Not Tell you About IBS" by Richard N. Ash, M.D. and eliminate your symptoms and live a pain free, drug free life ..

    Ditch the milk and dairy products i say ........ many many people find it extremely hard to digest lactose contained in milk and dairy products.

    Take a calcium & vitamin D3 rich supplement perhaps in a liquid form (easiest to assimilate) to ensure you get all your calcium on a daily basis ..........and pump up your intake of fresh fish such as salmon and tuna and leafy and green vegies & fresh fruits~ the vegies are rich in both calcium and protein and the fish are rich in magnesium (antistress mineral), protein, EFA's~ essential fatty acids which are also fantastic for lowering blood pressure,levelling out any mood or stress levels you may have and bolstering your immunity, calcium and vitamin D (the vitamin D is essential for effective calcium absorption) .

    The calcium found in vegies and fruits has a greater impact on bone health than calcium from dairy products anyways.... a study published in The Americal Journal of clinical nutrition (2002) found that a high intake of vegies and fruits has a positive impact on bone health, but dairy did not.

    Dairy products contain animal proteins, which speed the elimination of calcium from the body and make it more acidic. This can cause calcium to leach from the bones and cause problems with magnesium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle functioning and for heart health ~ known as the antistress mineral) absorption, leading to osteoporosis. In addition, we absorb only 30 percent of the calcium found in milk, compared to 40 to 70 percent of the calcium found in vegies and fruits.

    pretty disturbing actually when you consider the way the milk and dairy industry pump us with their commercials to drink more milk !!

    Cow's milk contains proteins that are difficult for humans to digest; when these undigested proteins enter the lower digestive system, they putrefy and cause digestive problems. Dairy products encourage the production of excess mucus in the body, burdening the respiratory, digestive and immune systems. Not surprisingly, when you ditch the milk and dairy people more often than not experience markedly fewer colds and sinus & respiratory infections.

    Lactose intolerance can cause acid reflux, alternating bouts of constipation & diahorrea and will also lead to a compromised digestive system thus laying the groundwork for a body which is extremely susceptible to developing nose, throat, sinus, ear, bronchial, bladder and other infections as well....... Other symptoms of lactose intolerance are mucous in the stools, bloating and cramping, digestive troubles such as constipation, belching and burping, gassiness and wet f*arting (sorry, no other way to say it), ribbony and stringy shaped bowel movements or rabbit pellet shaped movements are all symptoms of lactose intolerance.

    Please also ensure that whichever supplement you decide to buy doesn't contain any lactose, wheat, yeast, gluten, preservatives or flavorings, sugar or yeast as none of these have any place in a good quality supplement anyways.

    Also, take a good quality probiotic powder supplement before your main meals as this will help with the digestive process by encouraging the growth of beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract .... the antiobiotics have destroyed all the good and bad bacteria ...... probiotics will help to recolonise the beneficial bacteria in your gut ...... it will also help maintain optimal intestinal pH, which, in turn, helps with complete digestion...... probiotics will increase the absorption of minerals, such as calcium, magnesium and sometimes iron too..... they also produce some of the B vitamins, including biotin, niacin, folic acid, pantothenic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6...... the B vitamins are essential for healthy neural, digestive and immune system functioning.

    You have only vibrant health & vitality to gain by ditching the milk and dairy products mate ............. i sincerely do wish you the very best of health & vitality.

    peace 2 u

    cheers

    Source(s): naturopath in training
  • ?
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    Sinus infections are usually caused by something irritating the sinuses. Most commonly allergies. You could try taking an over-the-counter allergy medication. That should keep you from getting a sinus infection from whatever is irritating your sinuses. If you go to a place that sells herbal rememdies they'll be able to hook you up with a product called Echneacea (Sp?). Some people have good results with that for colds and sinus trouble. I'm surprised that your doctor hasn't put you on an allergy medication like allegra since you get infections four times a year. If you live in a city that is fairly high in pollution that might be causing the infections also. Some people are more sensitive to pollution than others. LOL, you might have to move to protect your long term health.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Best of luck to you. I've suffered with chronic sinus infections for years. I finally went to an ENT. After three sinus surgeries the infections continue and now I can neither smell or taste anything. Of course, the medical community insists that this is the proper approach (for them).I think it's just one of those diseases that just escapes a cure. Maybe at one point in your life it will just go away. Or, possibly, your condition is not far advanced and an ENT may be able to help you. You might get the advice from one and evaluate it. Good luck to you.

    I would be seriously concerned about the mental and physical changes you are experiencing.

  • 1 decade ago

    Are you having any other symptoms then fatigue and these "infections"? I was diagnosed with a disease called Wegener's Granulomatosis, that started with an "ear infection" that didn't respond to antibiotics. I urge you to look up some information on it and see if any of your symptoms match.

    FYI...It's blood pressure, not blood temp.

    Jennifer, there are many things that could be causing these infections, I suggest you look into a possible more serious illness. Feel free to send me an email if you have any questions.

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  • 1 decade ago

    my son's were on their high school water polo team... they both had the same problem...

    do you swim all the time? if so, the chlorine keeps your sinus's dried out, and infected... your dizziness / confusion is probably due to a middle ear infection, caused by water deep in your ear...

    it can cause vertigo if the middle ear gets infected... if you lay down fast on your bed, you might feel dizzy, as if the room is spinning, off balance when you make sudden moves, turn fast, etc...

    you can buy over the counter drops for "swimmers ear", or put a couple drops of rubbing alcohol in your ear to help dry out the water in your ears...

    as for your sinus's, put some vaseline on a q-tip, then gently rub it in your nostrils... this will help keep your sinus's moist... i hope you feel better soon... take care, barb

    Source(s): life of a mother...
  • Chrys
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    it's blood PRESSURE not temp (your temp should be 98.6)

    Try seeing an allergist...chronic sinus infections are due to either bad sinuses (as in, they need surgery) or allergies..( as in it's not always sinus infections, it could be allergies)

    Chiropractors don't do anything for allergies. (as LIFE (53 yrs) long allergy sufferer I know this...I also know about chronic sinus infections..

    Have a Dr give you some Entex...it's the ONLY thing thats helped me in many yrs..

    (don't take Mucinex OTC, it's addicting and nasty, and will make things worse...)

    try keeping your nose moist with OTC saline drops. (found in any store..)

    (and the word is GETTING immune) and you have to be a LONG(as in chronic 30-40 yrs) time user of antibiotics to be immune to them...

    Source(s): allergy sufferer, sinus sufferer...
  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Eating right is the key to fighting off acne. If you consume meals that are very oily, which have really little nutritional value, and which are quite processed or artificial, you are filling your physique with fats, harmful toxins, and excess sugar.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Lays Salt and Vinegar Chips.....Seriously

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Has you home and / or workplace been checked for black mold??

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