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Diabetic. Have stuffy nose. Suggested to remove adenoids. Looking for natural remedy

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regarding my daughter - she is a T1 diabetic, since moving to middle ga, she has had constant issues with ENT mucus, stuffy nose, etc. we went to another specialilist today, and the MD suggested having her adnoids removed. I'm against any kind of surgery at this point, and am looking at natural ways to help the situation. where can i start
Posted Wed, 20 Mar 2013 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 27 minutes later
Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic

It is difficult for any parent to consider surgery for their child especially at such a young age.

The adenoids are a collection of lymph tissue (part of the immune system that responds to infection or inflammation) located at the back of the nasal passage.
Removal is normally suggested for 3 main reasons: (1) there is enlargement of the adenoids causing obstruction of the nasal passages and mouth breathing (2) in recurrent or persistent middle ear infections (3) recurrent and/or chronic sinusitis.

From the symptoms that you have described (nasal congestion, increased mucus), then it is likely that it was suggested because of the chronic sinusitis indication.

Sinusitis can be allergic or infective but in your daughter's case, it is most likely allergic with intermittent infections which can occur at that age.
I am not sure if she would have been tested for allergies to determine which allergens are provoking the response.
If the allergen is known , the most natural treatment would be avoidance, if possible.If she is not persistently exposed then the adenoids should potentially decrease in size.

If it is dust then the use of pillow cases, special low allergy mattress cases would be beneficial.
You can consider consulting an allergist because modification or modulation of the immune response to some allergens is also possible with some medication.

Antihistamines and topical nasal sprays would help with the symptoms.
Singulair which inhibits the release of histamine in the blood , may also be helpful, it takes about 24 hrs to take effect. It is used for persons where the use of the antihistamines and sprays does not work.

If avoiding the stimulus is difficult in her present location , then moving, if possible would be the best solution for her.

I hope this helps, feel free to ask any other questions
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Follow-up: Diabetic. Have stuffy nose. Suggested to remove adenoids. Looking for natural remedy 1 hour later
Thank YOu for your response
We have taken our daughter to an allergist who did the stain testing, she is allergic to mold spores, animal dander, and a few other things, we have done the mattress and pillow case activities and through out the house, which by the way is only 2 years old - the specialist percribed nasinex, when that wasn't or doesn't work we use another spray which i don't remember presently, plus Xeltol, and other natural spays. With the constant care she receives due to her T1 diabetes, and her other ent issues, it seems like she doesn't get a break, and we don't get a break. What is it about Fl that helps her find releif from the problems? is it the salt air, could it be that simple, and as she was born in Fl, has she have that immunity to that area?
Answered by Dr. Michelle Gibson James 5 hours later
I can only imagine how difficult it must be for all of you having to worry about different aspects of her health. It would be difficult for any good parent.

Different states have different plants, animals, and also different substances in the air because of wind direction. For example , here, because of the wind direction we are now exposed to what is being called african dust which is causing increased allergy symptoms to the point where a symposium had to be held a few weeks ago.

Each state records slightly different atmospheric substances and what she is exposed to in her present location does not agree with her.The different response is more likely due to different allergens than to immunity to what it present in Florida.

Allergists state that we are born with two aspects of our immune system , the part that is responsible for fighting infections and the part that is responsible allergic response.
At present, most parents protect their babies as much as possible from any infection which is natural ,but because of this, the part of the immune system for allergies develops ahead and beyond what it is suppose to be, which is the reason for the increased prevalence of allergies.

Some allergists also propose that the immune or allergic response to a particular antigen may diminish if exposure is limited for a long period of time.This occurs in children because their immunity is still developing. As a result , if she is removed from this environment , it is possible that after a while, it would no longer present a problem for her.

Please feel free to ask any other questions
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