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Hello everyone. I am new to this wonderful board and have a question. I am a lacto-ovo-vegetarian looking to go vegan. I was talking to one of my vegan friends yesterday and he commented that I always sound stuffed up when I talk to him. It's true. Ever since I can remember I have not been able to breathe through my nose properly leading to snoring issues and other problems. I've recently gone to a ENT doctor and he took X-rays which determined my sinus problems are not structural (e.g. deviated septum). He said it may be due to a low-grade allergy that I have grown use to during my life. Anyway, my friend went on to explain to me that my dairy consumption may be triggering this issue. Does anybody have any information regarding this? It makes perfect sense to me and I cannot believe I didn't think of it before. Starting today I will be cutting all dairy out of my diet for at least 2 weeks to see if my sinuses get better. Thank you in advance!

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Dairy does the same thing to me. I have had this slightly stuffy nose for as long as I can remember, but when I don't eat dairy for several days, it goes away. As soon as I eat dairy, it comes right back. Definitely helps keep me out of it most of the time even though I'm not vegan either.
 

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I have the same problem with dairy. Every time I eat dairy I feel sick. I get all stuffed up and mucousy like I have a chest cold and also get a little sick to my stomach. I also cannot breath through my nose. Not eating dairy definitely helps!
 

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I'm not sure there is any real evidence to back up the claim that dairy causes mucus production or sinus congestion. I have nasal allergies and sinus congestion, and cutting out dairy did nothing for me. Luckily I wasn't doing it for that purpose. Using a neti pot helps me a lot.
 

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I also suffered with a perpetually stuffy nose all of my life due to "seasonal" allergies that seemed to last all year round. While I was lacto-ovo for like 6 months, my allergies stayed the same. Yet, since going vegan, I have had no sinus problems for over a year. The scientist in me must admit that this is purely anecdotal "evidence" and no proof for causal relationship between veganism and congestion, although obviously I tend to attribute it to that, being just a tad biased and all


Whether or not your allergies respond to eliminating dairy, I can sympathize with you on that particular misery, and I hope you find relief!
 

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Me too. Used to get horrible sinus infections constantly, i was a cheese addict and ate it with every meal.

Quit cheese, no more infections or post nasal drip. Such a relief.

I also saw a ENT specialist and didnt get much help. Why dont they tell us to stop eating dairy and use a neti pot?
 

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Since I dropped dairy, my colds/allergies are much less severe. I don't even have to use a nasal decongestant to help me sleep these days if I get a cold. I'd heard that milk promoted the formation of mucus, but hadn't really believed it; I had thought the health benefits of vegetarianism and veganism, although real, had been overstated/exaggerated sometimes.
 

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Phlegm being caused by dairy is based on a myth and has no studies or scientific basis. I think a lot of people just see what they want to see. Hey, here's a peer reviewed article of a related study!

Pinnock, C.B., N.M. Graham, A. Mylvaganam, and R.M. Douglas. 1990. Relationship between milk intake and mucus production in adult volunteers challenged with rhinovirus-2. American Review of Respiratory Disease. 141:352-356.
 

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This was a 'similar thread' to one I was just in so it might be dead now (from 2011!) but how did you go?

For me personally dairy helps my acne. But that doesn't mean I want to eat it. I'm undecided.
I always had flawless skin. Then I stopped drinking soy and started breaking out twice a month. Lower estrogen/higher testosterone I think. Dairy fixes that right up. But I do, like some posters above, get sinus stuff ONLY when I'm eating it. It might be a myth that it increases mucus but it sure happens every time for me!
 

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Cheese was by far my favorite food, and I suffered from bad sinuses, asthma, allergies, arthritis, but none of the disgestive problems I associated with dairy intolerance. I quit dairy only out ethics, but once I'd been dairy free for a while, my congestion greatly diminished, post nasal drip almost nothing, and the inflammation in my knees, ankles, and knuckles reduced. When I gave in and ate cheese I could almost instantly feel tingling in my sinuses, and my airways being filled with mucous. I'd spend the rest of the day clearing my throat, choking up mucous plugs, and using my rescue inhalor.
I was tested for allergies and dairy did not come up positive.
 

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I had chronic postnatal drip when I ate dairy. Now I only have it in allergy season and much less severly. Also my osteoarthritis improved, most notably in my fingers and toes (I used to dance ballet en pointe thus the toes).
 
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