Hey, friend....glad to see you are alive and kicking (perhaps not kicking in a straight line!). Anti-virals? I don't think this is your answer, since the antivirals are really for specific viruses like herpes or HIV/AIDS. I know you are desperate to find a solution, but as you know (and I have told you before) that not all afflictions in medicine can be diagnosed, cured, or even effectively treated. Sadly, you may be in that group....just like me and my vertigo or my untreatable rotator cuff. Nature does that to us, you know...throws stones in our pathway. My ears ring....my shoulder hurts....and I could give you quite a list of other parts that are wearing out, but life goes on. Nausea and dizziness can be life-altering, but you have hung in there. You have a supportive husband and a good life (with these minor exceptions), so I need to remind you to focus on those "good things" and don't like the nasty things get in your way.View Thread
Without the ability to examine your son first-hand, and perhaps order some imaging studies of his sinuses, it would not be possible to guess at an appropriate course of action. Has his nose and sinuses been "scoped" (examined by an ENT using a rhinoscope)? If not, he needs a higher-level ENT assessment. Allergist test a bank of common allergies, so just because they can't find any, does not mean allergies are still not playing a role. Has he tried allergy medications, like nasal corticosteroid sprays, etc.? Don't throw in the towel just yet. Seek a second ENT and/or allergy opinion. There has to be an answer....and an effective solution to his on-going array of symptoms.View Thread
The first and most important consideration would be an infection. Staph infections in the nose are notorious for causing painful and red noses, so it would be wise to seek medical care if this problem persists or worsens. Since this has been going on for a few days already, the time is now.View Thread
Oral clindamycin? This is not a standard antibiotic choice for a 13 month old with recurrent ear infections, so I think you are wise to question the choice. Just because someone uses the title "Dr." in front of their name, in no way implies that have skill in making an accurate pediatric or ENT diagnosis, and treat it appropriately. While this may not be harmful for your son (I don't know the dosage or the reason he chose this antibiotic), but I, personally, think there may be a better treatment.
Please call your regular pediatrician today -- someone who knows your son's history -- for advice.
Your son may need to have a consultation with an ENT.View Thread
I have never seen a case, or even read about one of them. As you may know, there are many different types of mold...some are toxic; most are not. Steroids should never be used if someone has a fungal infection; antibitoics are ineffective.
Most antibiotics are NOT made from mold...they are synthetic now.View Thread
Just returned from a nice vacation....I am sorry that the acupuncture is not helping. As you know, this is really an alternative (some call it, complimentary) approach this is scientifically unproven. If I were in your shoes, I would have tried it, too, but alas, no miracle cure.
Controlled the nausea using a more natural remedy is great, though. Ginger has long been known to be effective for this symptom, so at least that worked.
I wish that I had some profound wisdom to offer you, but I do not. I do sincerely wish that nice people (like you) would not suffer. Illnesses should be reserved for the mean and nasty people.....View Thread
It doesn't surprise me....amoxicillin is worthless for a viral infection. If your children truly have a "normal cold", I am puzzled that the pediatrician prescribed an antibiotic. Colds are viruses.
As much as I would like to help you and offer a second opinion, I do not have any way of examining your children or taking a more thorough medical history. You would need to see the doctor again, or a see a different doctor if you are concerned.View Thread
A picture is worth a 1000 words, but not in medicine. You will need to have a good, hands-on examination -- there is really no way to offer you a diagnostic answer or even reassurance based on a photograph (good one, though). Sorry.
Since you are truly worried to the point of panic, see an ENT -- an expert in this area.View Thread
Allergies are certainly listed among the possibles causes and contributing factors when a person has tinnitus, but the only way that you will know if immunotherapy will help is to try it. Allegies and tinnitus share the commonality of a condition that is rarely cured, but can be effectively treated. Because your tinnitus does have a correlation with your allergies,immunotherapy may be money well spent, but again, expect an miraculous cure may be too optimistic. Since I have tinnitus myself, I have to say that I have long given up any chance that I will be cured. My focus is more on coping, and most of the time, I am able to do this without medication. I simply stay busy. Sadly, medical science has very little to offer tinnitus sufferers, so if allergies are felt to be a main contributing factor in your case, then all efforts to the control them would seem to be the way to go. Besides, allergies can be as miserable at tinnitus!View Thread