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Post Nasal Drip and Asthma

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  • Posted By: Shinkster
  • April 5, 2010
  • 03:29 AM

For the past 6 years I have had constant post nasal drip. This causes me to wake up almost every morning with the inability to breathe well due to all the mucus in my chest. Since I have asthma I typically use my inhaler and this makes it easier to cough up the mucus. I also cannot run as this triggers asthma attacks where I'm constantly coughing (on purpose) up mucus.

Every time I swallow it feels as though I'm swallowing stuff from my sinus and none of the drugs I've been prescribed seems to help. I've been on Allegra, Flonase, Astelin, etc...I had an xray and CT scan of my sinuses which appear to be completely normal, meaning no polyps or other obstructions.

After seeing a third ENT I was told that I may have allergic and non-allergic rhinitis and that if a newly prescribed nose spray didn't help that surgery was my best option. This surgery would involve creating scar tissue on my turbinates, hopefully relieving my congestion and post nasal drip.

I am nervous about the surgery because I do not know anything about it nor do I know anyone who has gone through something similar. Not being able to run makes me miserable and leads to sudden onsets of severe depression and anxiety. I would love it if someone could help shine some light on what might be going on and if surgery on my turbinates would be smart.


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  • As a holistic practitioner I'm not qualified to advise on allopathic treatment, although I'll say it's critical to stay on top of asthma medically, as you seem to be doing. I just want to ask you if you have implemented lifestyle changes that might relieve the symptoms of asthma and pnd.. such as1. eliminate mucous causing foods such as cow's milk (real butter is acceptable as it is digested as a fat)2. eliminate or reduce wheat products which are high in mucous causing gluten - spelt bread and kamut are excellent substitutes. (also kamut pasta)3. Take "health food store" brand apple cider vinegar 2 x day before meals..1 or 2 tsp in a glass of water. You may notice an almost instant relief in the pnd after taking this due to it's abilitiy to balance ionization. The cider vinegar should appear cloudy in the bottle, not clear.4. Take omega 3 (fish oil for men, flax oil caps for women) to help clean up the lymphatic system of mucous. It is also anti-inflammatory. |Typically 2 x 2. Typically omega 3 does not have contra indications with medication, but check with your doctor. Good luck! Karen
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