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  • Sinusitis / Prostatitis - Food Allergies?

    I have had both chronic sinusitis and prostatitis (basically, pain in the pelvic region) for the past 15 years and am wondering if food allergies could be the cause. I think both items are related somehow; it's something I just feel (when one is bad, so is the other). I have seen multiple doctors on both (more so on sinuses, the urologists generally have no advice). For the sinusitis, I have had years of allergy shots for dust mites (only thing I was allergic to in skin testing), multiple surgeries, and tried every drug imaginable. Nothing has helped even the slightest amount - my sinus tissue is still very inflamed due to "allergies" per my allergy doctor. He said food allergies wouldn't cause this reaction, but didn't have much advice otherwise.

    Anyone have similar experience, either with sinusitis, prostatitis, or both and found it to be a food allergy? If so, any advice? Should I eliminate certain foods? I have been off of gluten for the past 6 weeks and have not seen any difference. Next up on the avoid list is dairy per advice on the boards.

    Thanks - I have seen a lot of info on the boards out there, but am hoping I maybe catch an individual that has had success in treating both problems.

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    Sinusitus can definitely be impacted by food sensitivities or intollerance, doesnt even have to be full blown allergy. If I eat corn derivatives or dairy, I have almost instant congestion. And I have found its cummulative. The more you have the worse it is and less easy to isolate the cause

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    • #3
      I have dealt with sinusitis for many years; I had surgery for a deviated septum, the doctor said it would help but may not elevate the entire problem. He was spot on, it did help with the constant infections but didn’t take care of the sinus pressure. I have found that if I can lay off the sugar & dairy I have less pressure and drip -

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      • #4
        My doctor told me that my congestion & post nasal drip COULD be caused by food allergies or sensitivities. I think it's worth trying a modified Whole30 (see link in my signature or go here) to rule out any potential foods. Look into "low histamine" diets to find common culprits for food sensitivities and make a priority list for what you want to start with. For example, I am soon going to try adding back eggs, by eating a lot for two days, and then waiting two days to see how I feel. Then I'll do tomatoes, chocolate (90% or higher), citrus, and vinegar, in that order.
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        • #5
          Thanks for the help! I have had a deviated septum surgery and then a couple surgeries to reduce the size of my turbinates. Those helped me with infections, but not overall congestion. I still can't breathe through my nose at all really and sound nasally, but at least its draining.

          I have not heard of an anti-histamine diet. I looked into it, it seems very restrictive (no chicken or beef?). I am going to copy you namelesswonder and kick out tomato, citrus, vinegar, and eggs. Those should be pretty easy given my diet. I'll let you know how it turns out. I've always noticed that tomatoes irritate my stomach but didn't think they could be causing sinus swelling.

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          • #6
            I was just turned on to the idea of "histamine intolerance", there's a lot of information if you Google it. Apparently you can take supplements to help manage the side effects. I'm going to do some more research, but I might give it a try, as it can also help with seasonal allergies!
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            • #7
              Thanks - I was actually prescribed quercetin by my urologist - turns out it is a natural antihistamine.

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              • #8
                Did your doctor prescribe Cipro for your Prostatitis (in case it's bacterial)? If so, and it didn't help, then it's probably just chronic inflammation, so you might want to concentrate on eliminating things from your diet that are known to be inflammatory, as well as continuing to try to find things that you have an individual sensitivity to that might be causing inflammation.
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                • #9
                  No, they did various tests and it came up non-bacterial. I do believe it is inflammation - just got to figure out what is causing it. Cutting out gluten was my first big step, I'm going to keep at it for at least a couple more months (been 6 weeks) and then expand. Cutting out dairy now, next up is probably nightshades.

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                  • #10
                    I've read that non-bacterial prostatitis can be caused by insufficient iodine in the diet. You may want to do a little reading to see if it is something you would try.
                    Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

                    http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Bossman View Post
                      No, they did various tests and it came up non-bacterial. I do believe it is inflammation - just got to figure out what is causing it. Cutting out gluten was my first big step, I'm going to keep at it for at least a couple more months (been 6 weeks) and then expand. Cutting out dairy now, next up is probably nightshades.
                      As far as elimination diets, I find it easier/more effective to eliminate all suspect groups at once (nuts, eggs, nightshades, dairy, coffee) and see if you get a reduction in inflammation after a couple of weeks. Then add suspect foods back in one at a time to see what impact they have.
                      Using low lectin/nightshade free primal to control autoimmune arthritis. (And lost 50 lbs along the way )

                      http://www.krispin.com/lectin.html

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                      • #12
                        If this was not me then i would hard to believe. Not only am i a doctor but i am a skeptic! Anyway i developed hand rashes and body hives intermittantly about 5 years ago. After about 1 year of suffering and everyone telling me i had eczema i started to realize that the foods i like the most or took the most of were causing this reaction! My triggers were coffee and milk protein and spicy food and etoh ! ( i think also cigarettes and percoset) any way back to the story).....well it became unbearable and i wanted to die as my whole body would flare up and i would have itching uncontrolably everywhere and my hands were so eaten up that i would stick pins in them to stop itching. I slowly learned that ice and antihistamines does wonders. Also avoiding the food triggers! Then in the last few years i tool antihistamine everyday and was able to start small amounts of coffee and butter and milk with minimal reaction. However over the last 6 months everytime i eat a trigger i get terrible gas bloating and diarrhea and also i developed prostatitis around the same time! It is a non bacterial prostatitis ! and i notice that the flares of the gi discomfort the rash and the prostatitis all occur together with the same triggers! only a few nights ago i tested my theory when i felt no symptoms i decided to eat a spicy soup! In 3 hours time i was farting all night and between my balls and rectum was hurring , exaclty where my prostate pain is located! I think this must all be related to a histamine release and in my mind they are definately related!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by brownmiester View Post
                          If this was not me then i would hard to believe. Not only am i a doctor but i am a skeptic! Anyway i developed hand rashes and body hives intermittantly about 5 years ago. After about 1 year of suffering and everyone telling me i had eczema i started to realize that the foods i like the most or took the most of were causing this reaction! My triggers were coffee and milk protein and spicy food and etoh ! ( i think also cigarettes and percoset) any way back to the story).....well it became unbearable and i wanted to die as my whole body would flare up and i would have itching uncontrolably everywhere and my hands were so eaten up that i would stick pins in them to stop itching. I slowly learned that ice and antihistamines does wonders. Also avoiding the food triggers! Then in the last few years i tool antihistamine everyday and was able to start small amounts of coffee and butter and milk with minimal reaction. However over the last 6 months everytime i eat a trigger i get terrible gas bloating and diarrhea and also i developed prostatitis around the same time! It is a non bacterial prostatitis ! and i notice that the flares of the gi discomfort the rash and the prostatitis all occur together with the same triggers! only a few nights ago i tested my theory when i felt no symptoms i decided to eat a spicy soup! In 3 hours time i was farting all night and between my balls and rectum was hurring , exaclty where my prostate pain is located! I think this must all be related to a histamine release and in my mind they are definately related!
                          All this time you didn't consider consulting a doctor? they say cut down on dairy ..Lifestyle changes like stress reduction and improved sleep can reduce the likelihood of an eczema flare-up. Avoid irritants like rough fabrics, harsh soaps, and detergents. Cold weather can also dry out the skin and trigger flare-ups. instead of eating dairy foods try juicing fruits and veggies for detoxification as well.. juicing of fruits and veggies is a fad now and proves to have lots of benefits

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