What if it isn't a shitty immune system after all.
What if all I have to do is take the allergy medication I was prescribed four years ago. That I never take. For an allergy I've known I've had all my life.
I am such a fucking idiot. You'll see why.
Nearly two decades now of chronic sinus infections. Several a year, always requiring antibiotic treatment. Exceptionally rare case that I overcome one without treatment.
Turn back the clock a little further. As a kid, cleaning out the closet I rarely went into. Or cleaning underneath my bed. Always a massive allergic reaction. To dust. Mites if you want to be particular.
In 2009 I get an allergy test that confirms I am positive for dust. With a touch of dog.
Dust is of course everywhere. Which means 24x7xlifetime exposure to this winning ticket in the allergen lottery.
This year the lightbulb starts to glow when I go to urgent care. I explain my history to the doc. He says:
"You need to be on a nasal steroid."
"Is Omnaris a nasal steroid?"
"I have a prescription for that but I don't take it."
Today I get to thinking about that conversation as I clear my throat.
Persistent phlegm in my throat.
I dunno, it's been going on for half of my life, maybe it's time to Google it.
From drainage from sinuses from persistent allergic reaction.
Tell me more.
Allergic reaction that causes sinus inflammation and impairs sinus drainage, trapping bacteria that ultimately results in raging sinus infections.
Every year, three to six times sometimes, for decades. How many hundreds of pills of antibiotics later.
Hey. How about we just fill the prescription tonight for that inhaler.
See what happens.