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I have just joined this forum after years of trying to find a solution for my sons terrible chronic Rhinitis.
He has a blocked nose - one nostril worse than the other, aas well as runny nose most of the day and is always blowing it, plus always present phlegm, which makes it very hard for him to go to sleep at night.
He also gets reflux quite often which makes him throw up, particularly at night.
He has had his tonsils taken out, turbinate removal surgery - they just grew back, and has been on all sorts of anti-allergy medication and steroid nasal sprays for years. The problem is as bad as ever. Its got to the point where he is taking a sleeping tablet some nights when he is completely exhausted by 4-5am and has had no sleep, then sleeps till midday or longer.
I went to the Dr a few days ago with him as I had done a bit of research online and found that chronic rhinits can be made worse by some sorts of fungal infection similar to those which cause the MRSA virus and the skin condition Impetigo. His younger cousin who he has spent more time with recently has had this condition on and off for years. Could he have unknowingly caught it from him? The research concluded that some anti-fungal antibiotic ointments can help, and in fact after I told the Dr about this, she prescibed some ointment for my son for his nostrils as she said they looked as if they might be infected.
This has helped his nose problems a bit during the day.
I am thinking of trying exclusion diets next - lactose free, Gluten Free - anything which might potentially help.
I have read online and also from some posts on this forum, that moving to a warm dry climate can help. We live in a temperate damp one currently. I am willing to explore options to do this if it will help him, as the condition is currently really damaging his life, and he cant work because of it.
His symptoms of rhinitis first became prevalent a couple of months after we had moved a few hundred miles from one part of the country - more rural, to another - North, on the coast and a bit more polluted. We had no idea at the time, but apparently, - I have since heard from various Specialists we have seen, that it is a more common complaint in this part of the country. Of course I didnt know this before, and now wish we had never moved!
Is moving somewhere warmer and drier really likely to help? Could it take a few weeks before one knows if this is going to help - the climate change? I am feeling quite desperate to help him just now. He is 19, and taking a year out before going to university, but his condition impacted his performance in his A' Levels, which he is supposed to be re-taking, but is currently too ill to study.
Any useful advice on this would be welcome.
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