Is a 10 Year Long Sinus Infection Possible? If You Have Massive Uncontrollable Allergies, Please Read.

For at least the last 10 years I have been battling with what I believed was seasonal allergies. My eyes would be itchy, watery, and my right eye would be painful and swollen with massive pain behind it along with accompanying headache. It was at times debilitating and so painful during actual sinus infections that suicide actually crossed my mind because I could not live with this reoccurring pain over and over again.

I tried everything natural and medical that was claimed to help sinus issues (allergies, sinus infections, sinusitis) to no avail.

  • Local honey
  • Neti pot rinses with saline and even eucalyptus and honey
  • Natural blends of herbs
  • Boosting my immune system
  • Anti-inflammatory agents – Turmeric, Boswellia, Black pepper, naproxen, ibuprofen
  • Elderberry
  • Vitamin C
  • Allergy medications: Zyrtec, Claritin, Xyzal, Allegra, Singular
  • Allergy eye drops
  • Allergy nose sprays
  • Saline sprays
  • Steroids
  • Allergy shots
  • Allergy testing (to which it came up positive only for Chinese Elm and barely at that)
  • Detoxification protocols for every organ that you can detox as well as cellular detoxification
  • Benadryl and other antihistamines
  • Antibiotics
  • Essential oils
  • Pseudoephedrine (was the only thing that offered some temporary relief)

In the course of this I did discover that I had a severely deviated septum which was likely a partial cause of the recurrent sinus infections. I did the septoplasty surgery to correct it. I was sure that was my answer.

4 months later? – I had, yet again, a horrible sinus infection. Though, given, now I could breathe far better it did lessen the pain. I was sad and very upset to still be dealing with this nonsense and pain. Through this infection though I finally found my answer.

As it turns out it was likely never allergies.
How so many doctors missed this I am not sure, though I am told it is very uncommon.

In my new physician’s best guess – deduced because of the one-sided pain and swelling (allergies would be both sides of my face not just one) as well as the fact that 1 month post-surgery a ball of green gunk that resembled a big wad of bubble gum had come out of that sinus that it was a sinus infection in that right cavity that had been backed up and never fully healed creating a literal snowball of infected debris over the years.

In doing the septoplasty it finally opened that passage and freed the ball of crap to come out, yet some of it still must have remained. A 10-year infection. 10 years of pain. Healed now in 3 successive course of antibiotics and steroids as to cover the full spectrum of possible bacteria.

Round 1: Doxycycline Hyc Cap 100mg 7 days & Methyl Prednisone Tab 4mg 6 days
Round 2: Levofloxacin Tab 500mg 10 days (+ A Steroid Shot and an Antibiotic Shot (unsure of what) while i was there in house.)
Round 3: Amoxicillin/ k Clav Tab 875-125 14 days

I am forever thankful that someone FINALLY figured this out. This infection was ruining my life and my health.

If you are dealing with an issue like this, first of all, I am so sorry.
Second, maybe my experience can help someone to not go so long with this undiagnosed and untreated.

Sarah

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7 thoughts on “Is a 10 Year Long Sinus Infection Possible? If You Have Massive Uncontrollable Allergies, Please Read.

  1. Hi Sarah,
    Very interesting ,Thanks for posting it.
    I have a similar problem and have tried everything without any relief. I would like to try yours treatment.
    I would appreciate if you could let me know the details of those 3 courses of antibiotics and steroid treatment including dosage, duration and time in between the courses.
    Thank you.

  2. Hi Raj,
    I updated the blog after going back in my insurance files to look.
    The only thing i dont know is what they gave me at the urgent care for the antibiotic shot and the steroid shot?

    Here are the dosages and days for the rest.

    Round 1: Doxycycline Hyc Cap 100mg 7 days & Methyl Prednisone Tab 4mg 6 days
    Round 2: Levofloxacin Tab 500mg 10 days (+ A Steroid Shot and an Antibiotic Shot (unsure of what) while i was there in house.)
    Round 3: Amoxicillin/ k Clav Tab 875-125 14 days

    I hope that helps. So sorry to hear you potentially have this issue to. Its just awful!
    Best wishes.
    Sarah

  3. Thanks for your reply
    All these were continuous or was there any breaks in between.
    Thanks.

  4. Oh, i knew i missed part of the question! It was literally back to back, no days at all in between.

  5. I didnt start to get real relief until the very last round of antibiotics. I JUST finished the very last pill today and am SO HAPPY and THANKFUL.

  6. I’m so, so, so glad for you. The relief you feel must be immense. I’m dealing with that right now and unfortunately, I’ve done everything you have, plus multiple rounds of antibiotics with no avail. Like you said, I’ve not had a break from the crushing pain, even for an hour.
    I also had a deviated septum corrected but that only helped me breathe a bit better, no change in the pain. I’ve been doing every detox, dietary, antioxidant, allergen support, immune support, gut health protocol imaginable. Nothing is helping.
    I hope one day, my story can be like yours. I’m really so glad for you to be free in this way!

  7. OH I am SOOOOOOO sorry you are still going through it.
    The only other thing i can say is i have also found a wonderful ENT who did VERY thorough Allergy testing. So we are now working on immunology via drops (there is also shots and toothpaste options). To desensitize me to allergens… Maybe that might help? Its through Florida ENT and Allergy.

    I hope you get relief. 🙁
    And thank you for the well wishes… Yes I am grateful beyond measure.

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