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Chronic sore throat from upper respiratory allergies?

Posted by
Stephanie on July 08, 2002 at 22:48:23:

Hello,

I am right now 22 years old, but have suffered with allergies my whole life. As a child I used to recieve shots once a week for them. I was forever getting upper respiratory infections, ear infections and sore throats. Since I was 16 years old, I have been taking echinacea during the peak allergy season and have no longer had problems with bronchitis or chest colds, my ear infections have ceased as well. The one thing that continues is my tonsils and adnoids still swell periodically, my lymph nodes also swell. My throat doesn't necessaily get sore, but it causes discomfort. I get food caught and just the fact that I can feel they are swollen in the back of my throat bothers me. I am wondering if I would benefit from a tonsillectomy or adno-tonsillectomy? I have had doctors over the years tell me my throat and sinus problems are due to alergies, but tell me that since I am not suffering from chronic tonsilitis or other infections, I do not qualify to have my tonsils removed. I find this puzzling since they stay in an enlarged state at least 75% of the time, I don't see what use they are doing for my body other than being bothersome. My next goal is to see an allergy specialist and see what can be done for me, but I would like to get a few other opinions as well.

Thank you in advance,

Stephanie



Re: Chronic sore throat from upper respiratory allergies?

Posted by Walt Stoll on July 09, 2002 at 10:30:52:

In Reply to: Chronic sore throat from upper respiratory allergies? posted by Stephanie on July 08, 2002 at 22:48:23:

Hi, Stephanie.

What have you learned from the allergy archives?

You have to get rid of WHY you have the allergies or "this is as good as it gets".

Let us know what you learn.

Walt



Re: Chronic sore throat from upper respiratory allergies?

Posted by
Stephanie on July 10, 2002 at 02:25:29:

In Reply to: Re: Chronic sore throat from upper respiratory allergies? posted by Walt Stoll on July 09, 2002 at 10:30:52:


Thank you,

I was hoping that wouldn't be the case, but I was pretty sure it would be. The hard thing about eliminating things I'm allergic to, is the fact that there is so much. I always joe that I should just live in a bubble. There is a good thing that I have outgrown a few, mostly my food allergies, but still have allergies to pollens which is what really bother me the most lately. I live in a wooded area in SW Florida so our "allergy season" lasts most of the year. I am planning to move within the end of the year and am hoping that will help me somewhat. I figure it can't hurt me. I have tried prescription allergy meds, but have found that their side effects, are almost worse than not taking them at all. Again thank you for at least listening. I did get a tip about boosting my immune system so my body can better handle the allergies, which may also help. I will look in to that as well. It can never hurt to have a stronger, healthier immune system anyway. ;)

Again thanks,

Stephanie



Re: Chronic sore throat from upper respiratory allergies? (Archive in allergy.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on July 11, 2002 at 07:50:20:

In Reply to: Re: Chronic sore throat from upper respiratory allergies? posted by Stephanie on July 10, 2002 at 02:25:29:

Thanks, Stephanie.

First of all, by thinking "outside the box" this is a totally unnecessary condition!

Start with the glossary for any unfamiliar terms--this is going to take you several days, a very small investment in your time for what the rest of your life is going to be if you do not invest the time to learn now.

Then go to the home page and the archives until you begin to see how this all fits together. Start with allergy and hypersensitivities, then go to LGS and then to SR.

Let us know what you learn and any questions you may have along the way. The only pay we are interested in is that you share your progress, as you get well, with the BB participants, so as to help others in the same boat avoid what you have gone through.

Walt

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