April 4, 2014 at 5:49 pm #5023
Hi all! I need help! I have Raynaud’s but live in Texas so keeping warm isn’t very hard. But I have bad allergies and I think the two are affecting each other. I have AWFUL sinus headaches every afternoon. When I look in the mirror, my sinuses look white. I’ve seen allergy doctors, general practician doctors but they don’t ever talk about the two being related. I did allergy shots for a year and now I take the drops. I’ve for sure improved but it’s still there. I’m fine all morning but after lunch, sinus pain is back. Working out helps a ton and usually drains my sinuses. But I have 2 small children and can’t drop every thing to work out when I feel a headache coming. Could my allergy medication make my Raynaud’s worse? Also, I feel like something triggers my Raynaud’s, which closes off my sinus, trapping any mucus from my allergies, which makes my head hurt. Any one else or any recommendations for what kind of doctor to see?! TIA!April 5, 2014 at 8:02 pm #5025
Hi JKie7. I’ve read several articles suggesting a connection between allergies (food allergies in particular) and Raynaud’s but I’m not aware of any scientific research attempting to link the two. In any case, yes, certain medications used to tried colds and/or allergies (especially those containing pseudoephedrine) have been identified as triggers of Raynaud’s attacks.
The best kind of doctor to see for Raynaud’s is a rheumatologist, but I’m not sure he or she will be able to help with your allergies!July 11, 2014 at 12:52 am #5265
I had lots of sinus issues for years. I still have a little now again, but they are much better. My allergy doc suggested it was rhinitis rather than an actual allergy and I was put on nose sprays for a good 5 +years. I also tried netty pots, nettles and a bunch of other supplements and meds. They helped a little, but the nose sprays caused me to lose some of my sense of smell. I finally got pissed about that and decided to go off them. After doing some more research I found that it was Soy that was causing many of my sinus problems. Other food allergies and intolerances seemed to contribute as well. Soy is a biggie though and it is in so many foods. Also dairy aggravates my sinuses as well 🙁 That one is so hard. Not saying you are allergic to soy, but foods or products you are using could be contributing to your problem. I found a really good integrative doc. They use traditional medicine and naturopath. He had me take the Alcat test which showed foods that I was intolerant to (there is a difference between intolerance and allergy). It’s quite expensive and it is controversial. I was skeptical, but after avoiding most of the foods for over 6 months, I saw a big difference. I went off all of the harsh meds that were prescribed for many of my ailments once I cleansed my system and I’m functioning much better. Still working on sorting it all out, but it has made a difference. Oh, and I used to have a really hard time breathing as well like I couldn’t get in enough air. My allergist chalked that up to stress. He even did food tests on me, but as I said earlier an allergy is not the same as an intolerance and most allergists don’t delve into intolerances. Best of luck!
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