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Chronic Sinusitis & Celiac Disease


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#1 jmarie

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Posted 22 January 2006 - 06:34 PM

I have been gluten-free since a biopsy diagnosis last April, but I have had a chronic sinus infection since October :( . I have them every year, and now I have a consultation appt with a ENT to determine whether I need surgery. When I googled "chronic sinusitis celiac disease", I immediately came to a site that listed celiac as a predisposition to chronic sinusitis. Since my insurance company has refused a CAT scan (recommended by my PCP), I wondered whether I could site celiac disease as a predisposition that might make them more inclined to treat it (apparently 4 months of sinus infections and 3 courses of antibiotics are not enough :huh: . I wonder if anyone has any knowledge or experience around this issue...

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Posted 22 January 2006 - 06:44 PM

I rented a house with mold and had a sinus infection that should have killed me. :) But it didn't! I found by the fifth infection, that taking the red sudafed tablets, twice a day- once in the morning, once at night- for a month after the round of antibiotics helped to keep the infection gone. I think you're really prone to re-infection after a sinus infection. The "therapeudic" use of the sudafed was what kept the infection from coming back after the antibiotics did their job. My friend just had a bad infection and I told her the same thing. She thinks it helped to finally kill the infection.
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Posted 22 January 2006 - 06:47 PM

My nose used to be constantly stuffed up but since I cut the gluten I can finally breath easy.
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Posted 22 January 2006 - 07:55 PM

My middle child has chronic sinus problems. I can't say if they are celiac related or not, but I can tell you this. They cannot tell what is going on in your sinus with just flat film x-rays. And an MRI is not suitable wither. They HAVE to do a CT scan in order to get a good view of what is going on in the sinus...

Hopefully the ENT will put some pressure on the insurance and get the test done. I hope you don't need surgery, but I can tell you that it isn't too bad. My 9 year old has already gone through two since he was 7 and is lokking at possibly another sinus surgery this year. :( He is a trooper though and doesn't mind having them done. He hates missing school though, since it is hard to get caught up.
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