Could be fungal, so consider lowering sugar sources, incl. processed grains, wine, etc. Consider looking into candida diet for a while anyway. (My mom is a smoker, prediabetic. My friend is a wine drinker, sugar-eater. My other friend has had recurrent surgeries for nasal polyps and eats TONS of sugar garbage - his wife had cancer. THey keep eating garbage, he keeps getting surgery? Doh. They all have sinusitis/headaches, etc.)
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I used to have constant colds and sinus infections all through my childhood an up until I was about 23 - when I decided to go vegetarian (cause I really wasn't a fan of meat anyway.) I stopped getting sick! Since then I have added back in fish, and chicken and discovered that the culprit was in fact red meat. Even good quality grass fed beef, if I eat more than two servings in a one week period... or if I have one serving during a time when I'm run down or everyone around me is sick, I will get totally congested and ill. I still had some chronic excess mucus, but I wasn't fighting a cold or getting sinus infections. Once I went gluten free, that all cleared up completely. Experimenting with your diet can definitely lead to some interesting discoveries! I had thought that dairy might be a connection for me, and although some forms of dairy causes stomach cramps for me - it doesn't seem to effect my congestion level.
I have to stay away from dairy also to clear my sinuses but one of my sisters had a decrease in sinus problems when she was just gluten free. Try a few more days of gluten free and then try eliminating dairy (but be sure to get enough calcium from other sources) and see if it makes a difference. - Using a neti pot is also a good suggestion.
Dairy is another common problem for those with gluten issues. I know it aggravates my skin problems for sure, and maybe also my sinus problems to boot. I had been off a while and then was eating it again for the last month or so. I digested it better, still not well, but my skin is a mess and now I have the worst sinus infection I have had in a couple years! Coincidence? Maybe. I am off again just to be safe!
I had a problem with stuffy nose, sore throat, etc. My Acupuncturist/Chinese Herbal Medicine doc suggested using a neti pot and afterward rinsing my sinuses and gargling with colloidal silver. I no longer have a problem and am off all allergy meds.
I am not sure how long it takes not to be stuffed up. However, I want to confirm what your doctor said about Hashimoto and Celiac. I have Hashimoto and Celiac. I had thought I had Celiac because it runs in my family, which could very well be the reason. However, my Naturapathic Doctor went to a week's long conference on Hashimoto and was told that anyone who had Hashimoto Thyroid should be gluten-free. They went into great detail about it. I do know that my DD had a sinus infection and was told it takes about six weeks to clear up. However, I am not a doctor. Maybe your doctor could tell you about how long it takes. I will be Praying for the "stuffyiness" to go away soon. GOD BLESS! Louise
I was wondering if anyone else experiences sinus congestion. I have been chronically "stuffy for 4+ years now. I've been to ENT, Allergists and Endo. No one can seem to find the reason for my stuffy nose. It's like having a cold everyday of your life. I have Hashimoto's and was told by my doctor that he's never seen anyone with Hashimoto's without Celiac's. I've been Gluten free for just over a week and I am seeing some relief with my nose draining but still am all stuffed up. I was wondering if anyone experienced this and how long does it take before your not stuffed up any more? Thanks in advance ~Wendy
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