My super power would be the death sneeze.
September 7, 2011 8:39 AM Subscribe
What's the best way to go about fixing my sinus/allergy/sneezing problems (including establishing a case history for surgery)?
posted by RolandOfEld to health & fitness (18 answers total)
Ok, so, these details may be a bit much for people but I'm going to go ahead and put it all out there. Feel free to skip around and just post your experiences but I figure more info is better than less.
Situation: I've always been plagued by sinus problems. Be it seasonal allergies, sensitivity to specific allergens (dust and cast are probably the most prominent), wheezing breathing that comes and goes, snoring at night, nasal passages that feel 'stuffy' more often than they feel clear, nasal passages that are clogged often, daily 'bad taste' in my mouth when I wake up, and... stinky sneezes. I'm a 20s-30s male, never smoked, non-drug user who is, admittedly, a bit overweight (darn this desk job!) but has never been 'skinny' or morbidly obese either.
Background: Both my parents smoked (indoors and in vehicles) when I was growing up. There was also a bit of a dust problem in the house. I had tubes in my ears at a young age. I've had these problems as long as I can remember.
Current treatment: Zyrtec during the workday when needed, Benadryl at night if things are miserable, a neti-pot when I remember to do it, and avoidance of dust/cats/pollen where possible. Also, I'm not great about brushing my teeth as much as I should but even in the past when I've been super diligent with brushing/mouthwash I saw no improvement with the morning mouth/sneeze situation.
I have always tended to fall into the 'I'm tough enough to deal with this without intervention" camp. In many ways I still am I suppose. But I guess I reached a tipping point recently when I was riding in the backseat of a car with my fiance and another couple driving. I sneezed and my friend's reaction of "Man, what's that smell?" really drove things home and made me feel pretty bad/embarrassed. My fiance has always noticed this and has mentioned it to me in the past but I always chalked it up to her being super sensitive since my sense of smell has never been close to what, I'm sure, other people possess and she does tend to notice minutia like that at times....
Anyway, if anyone could tell me what's going on, if it's too late for allergy shots (probably is, from my understanding), if some type of surgery (polyp removal, flushing, etc etc) sounds like an option or has helped you in the past, as well as what the costs of such things might be (with or without insurance). I have insurance coverage through my work at the moment in the form of a Health Savings account but will probably be going back to a more traditional co-pay type system in the near future when the marriage allows us to change plans.
Thanks for the advice/help/blah blah.