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Koh Elaine
Posted: Tuesday, May 28, 2019 8:26:55 PM
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I have non-allergic rhinitis. I frequently have a runny nose and will sneeze very often and this can continue for half a day or more. When this happens, I take Zyrtec D, which usually stops the sneezing within an hour or at least makes me sneeze less often. On average, I have this problem twice every week.

About one year ago, I saw specialists about my condition. They have failed to solve my problem so far. In fact, the medicine they prescribed for me is less effective than my own medicine (Zyrtec D).

This Monday morning, I had a very bad cold. I was sneezing throughout the day and even before I fell asleep. Next morning,I thought I would be spared the torture, but my nose continued to run. Surprising, Zyrtec D had lost its effect. To make matters worse, the runny nose caused me to feel sick and feverish. So I had to take Panadol as well. By 2 pm I decided to see my family doctor. She prescribed antibiotic, Fedac tablets (for runny nose) and tablets for the throat, and cough mixture. Fortunately, after taking two doses of the medicine, I was spared further agony.

The doctor told me that I had to take antibiotic tablets because my persistent sneezing was caused by a virus. What I am puzzled about is why she prescribed me antibiotic tablets when antibiotics cannot destroy viruses -- they are able to destroy bacteria.

I also cannot understand why the ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat) specialists, having seen me for a year or so, have not been succeeded in solving my runny nose problem or alleviating the condition.

I haven't given up hope and will be seeing the specialist next week. I hope for a breakthrough in the not-too-distant future.

I welcome suggestions to cure my rhinitis.
Posted: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 11:21:06 AM

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I don't think the Fedac was to kill the virus, but to reduce your congestion, which is probably causing the sneezing. The cold you say you have is likely caused by a virus, as the Dr. said, and is the source of your sinus congestion. Normally, your immune system will kill the virus, and your symptoms will improve.

For non-allergic rhinitis, you may have to experiment with different decongestants to find the one that works best for you. It's also possible that you may have to change them occasionally if your body adapts to one over time. Just my opinion. I'm not a medical expert. I don't have non-allergic rhinitis, but Pseudoephedrine Hcl works well for me whenever I do have congestion from an infection.
Posted: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 2:10:05 PM

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Hi Elaine.

Antibiotics do not kill viruses so don't know why she/he gave them to you after diagnosing virus. Doctors in Canada are now being careful and not administering them until they either test for strep or after about ten days for the body to clear the cold/flu virus by itself. However, viruses like Epstein Barr related to herpes can last for months and maybe even return.

A few months ago I saw a naturopath who told me to order a US natural product (expensive) which cleared constant 24/7 mucus running down the back of my throat, throat clearing, and sore throat I'd had for over 4 months. It took a while but I have not even had my usual sinus infection threaten. I'm still taking it. It works on viruses, bacteria, and candida fungus, but not parasites. She also told me to get a sinus spray from the US which is basically nutrients for the sinuses. That spray alone is helping to clear my husband's productive cough from sinus mucus that ENT could find no cause for. I am not a doctor and am just telling you what worked for me but not suggesting therapy for you. However, if you think you would like to get the product which is probably made in other countries too, private message me.

As for the chronic sneezing that MDs cannot find answers for, are you sure it is non allergic? You can have food allergy for which MDs have no definitive test. Even just one food can do it. I write down what I eat and watch for any reactions. Problem is, foods can react up to four days after ingestion as that is how long it takes for food to clear the body. This naturopath found that basically my whole diet was a problem. For about two weeks now I've been on a four day rotary diet eating foods that are not my favourites but I'm not hungry, I'm eating more fruits and veggies, and the big thing is, I'm feeling better. Although still some sweet cravings as stevia is the only sweetener I allowed myself every couple of days. Sugar of any kind is bad for the whole body. Went cold turkey on the removal of many foods and had some withdrawal symptoms but they are gone now.

I also took a natural remedy for the microscopic parasites we all manage to acquire. I take several different probiotics daily. Decongestants and cortisone sprays can have a backlash after a while. Zyrtec works for you as it is an antihistamine. It was not strong enough for me so I was using the older varieties only at night. But I have not needed one since starting my new regime with naturopath and diet. But your case is perhaps different as I do have allergies - food-pollen syndrome and eosinophilic esophagitis.

Look into leaky gut syndrome - a lot of your immune system is in your gut and there's a connection between stomach and sinuses so I'm told.

I also have GERD, reflux, and just had an endoscopy to make sure mucus not coming from there.

Don't give up looking for answers. You have to be your own advocate and even researcher - just as you are doing here on the forum. Make them keep looking. Good luck.

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