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Dietary links to chronic sinusitis?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 14, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Anybody know if there have been links to sinusitis from dietary habits? I suffer from life-long chronic sinusitis which is constant in the cold months from December to March and often spreads up the ear canal. It also causes longterm bronchitis because of the post nasal drip. I've been told I have narrow passages and that there's nothing that can be done other than sprays but was wondering if there is something I can change in my diet.

EDIT: March 25th (six weeks later) I quit all dairy right after asking this question and experienced a few periods of clearing up but also a few more lighter bouts and one pretty bad relapse. I`m currently enjoying about 10 days of relative clarity but still with some light congestion. This would typically be the time of year that it would start to clear up anyways... not to be a negative nancy. In any case, I have returned to having milk in my tea but will probably stick to no other dairy until next winter to see if it comes back. Thanks for all your input.

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on March 25, 2013
at 10:40 PM

Interesting. I consumed insane amounts of grains and sugars for most of my life, and much of it in the form of beer. But unfortunately this has been my worst sinus winter ever, despite the fact that I've been eating paleo.

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on March 25, 2013
at 10:30 PM

I have the exact same problems, except not just in cold months- I often end up with bronchitis that started with post-nasal drip in July or August. I thought eliminating dairy would do it, but not the case. Through elimination attempts, I've determined it's grains and sugar that make it worse- beer is particularly bad. Not sure if you're eating grains, sugar, or alcohol, but those may be the next culprits to try avoiding if dairy didn't do it.

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on February 16, 2013
at 05:52 AM

It was hard but for me well worth it. I had relied on dairy as an energy source and ate it in ever increasing amounts over a fairly long period of time. I suspect I was addicted. After stopping it indefinitely though, some chrnoic stuff like I said stopped though. Hopefully you can get a satisfying outcome from the elimination...

37cc142fbb183f2758ef723a192e7a9d

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on February 14, 2013
at 11:07 PM

Strangely no, I had not heard (or at least absorbed) until today that it is apparently so widly accepted that dairy contributes to inflammation. I am now 8 hours in to my minimum 2 week no dairy experiment :)

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on February 14, 2013
at 04:48 PM

I eat a lot of dairy, especially yogurt and cheese. This will be hard. But it looks as though I have to give this a try.

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on February 14, 2013
at 04:47 PM

It's mad humid here in summer here but also mad cold in winter. Unfortunately I'm way too into winter sports to move :)

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De267f213b375efca5da07890e5efc25

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on February 14, 2013
at 04:00 PM

I think general Paleo principles ought to help (no dairy, low O6/O3 ratio, etc). Other than that, consider moving to a warmer wetter climate. My daughter needed tubes twice and was on track to get them a third time before we moved to Texas. Now she's completely clear.

37cc142fbb183f2758ef723a192e7a9d

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on February 14, 2013
at 04:47 PM

It's mad humid here in summer here but also mad cold in winter. Unfortunately I'm way too into winter sports to move :)

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on February 14, 2013
at 03:59 PM

When I stopped eating dairy the on again-off again sinusitis also stopped. Still haven't figured out whether it was an immune response related to gut issues or if I have a genuine intolerance. If you eat dairy products and haven't ever abstained from them for a while it's a good thing to try.

You could try a low histamine type of diet as well.

On the non-diet side of things, there are procedures that can be done to widen the sinus passages. Take a look at this sort of thing, maybe it's something to look into: http://www.medtronic.com.au/your-health/sinus-infections/surgery/index.htm

37cc142fbb183f2758ef723a192e7a9d

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on February 14, 2013
at 04:48 PM

I eat a lot of dairy, especially yogurt and cheese. This will be hard. But it looks as though I have to give this a try.

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

(2934)

on February 16, 2013
at 05:52 AM

It was hard but for me well worth it. I had relied on dairy as an energy source and ate it in ever increasing amounts over a fairly long period of time. I suspect I was addicted. After stopping it indefinitely though, some chrnoic stuff like I said stopped though. Hopefully you can get a satisfying outcome from the elimination...

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on February 14, 2013
at 03:56 PM

For the last 6 weeks I cut out dairy, and my sinus problems are almost non-existent. I used to have sinus headaches multiple times a weak and I also had regular sinus infections as well as just generally itchiness. I am not 100% sure if it was the dairy as I had really lowered my intake of other stuff as well (graines, processed foods, corn fed beef).

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on February 14, 2013
at 03:33 PM

when i eat grains and dairy, my sinuses get worse. it doesn't happen now which goat's dairy and i seem to eat that just fine. i've had rhinitis my whole life and was very reliant on allergy meds for a good 15 years. i started reading about taking vit C supplements in place of my allergy meds. i did this over 3 months and was able to taper off of my allergy meds (zyrtec, allegra, flonase). i took my allergy meds usually 3x a day or whenever i needed the extra flonase squirt. i would then take a vit C tablet in place of the allegra or zyrtec dose. i did this slowly to monitor my symptoms.

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on February 14, 2013
at 08:22 PM

Considering that sinusitis is a form of chronic inflammation, id say yes diet is certainly linked to causing inflammation.

In my own experience, Ive had chronic nasal congestion and inflammation for years. Ive been to ENT doctors who prescribed me nasal steroids, without ever even considering what was causing the inflammation.

In my case it turned out to be wheat and dairy which where causing the problems. Once I eliminated those along with a few other foods I had since become allergic to, all my sinus problems subsided.

I assume you have already tried eliminating gluten and dairy for a least a week? If you have and still seen no results, I would recommend doing an elimination diet or perhaps a few day water-fast. The purpose of this, would be to effectively determine if something you are eating is directly linked to your symptoms. I think there is a good chance you are reacting to some food(s) in your diet.

37cc142fbb183f2758ef723a192e7a9d

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on February 14, 2013
at 11:07 PM

Strangely no, I had not heard (or at least absorbed) until today that it is apparently so widly accepted that dairy contributes to inflammation. I am now 8 hours in to my minimum 2 week no dairy experiment :)

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