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Allergies or systemic fungal infection?

I will try to be brief but hope that you can help:-

I have experienced following:- Red throat for a few months, no pain but there is swelling on one side of the throat.  Sinus tachycardia (began in April when I noticed the redness in my throat), PACs/palpitations (more recently - a week or two), at the time it all started I had a cold but had noticed one side of my throat was red for a while but dismissed it because it didn't hurt.  

At same time I had itching skin, itchy spots, blood spots under skin, itching eyes, itching on outside of my nose, soreness inside my nose etc... When I had the cold I had pressure in my ear on one side, heavy sinuses, as the cold went I had a cough which lasted ages, tickly and productive.

I had a streaming nose after the cold and mucous was clear, also the mucous I brought up from my throat was clear.  

Had a throat swab taken but the result was negative for infection, I was sounded by my GP who said my chest was clear.  I also have had a tickly productive cough since the start of April when I had the first cold.  

My tonsils itch, my tongue can itch.  I have lost over a stone in weight and look quite ill and pale now because I couldn't eat for my mouth burning and itching after eating food, I developed regular sore patches in my mouth.  I now get palps and PAC's when I eat and a racing heart just after I eat. I get reflux too and lots of burping since the tachycardia started.

My tongue was heavily coated with yellow fur when it started, now it is kinda white fur, but the sides have whiteness too, but not thick patches like thrush.  The GP suspected thrush and gave me Nystatin which did not clear it.  I also regularly rinsed my mouth out twice daily with listerine.

Had a huge number of blood tests including Full Blood Count, Blood Cultures, Chest X Ray, ECG's, Serum levels, Urea and Electrolytes, ESR, EFGR, Thyroid function - basically I was told I had the "Full works" blood test wise.  

They blamed anxiety.  However, some of the symptoms began before anxiety, the tachy started when I had the heavy sinus cold.  I have had the tachy since April and have had heart related blood tests, chest x ray again, ecgs and have been referred to a cardiologist but they are still telling me it's anxiety.

I have had shortness of breath and a feeling of obstruction in my throat, but it is intermittent.  I can struggle to breathe in sometimes because it feels like my throat swells up and my uvula is touching my tongue at the back when this happens.  I have a swollen gland under my ear lobe on the side where the throat swelling is but again, it doesn't hurt, it's just hard.  I have asked the GP about it and he said it was a sentinel gland.  But it is up all the time.  It swelled just after mumps two years ago and has never come down.  You can only tell its there if you touch it, it is not obvious.

However, I had similar (not all the same) symptoms 2 years ago after contracting mumps, afterwards I had muscle and joint pains which I also have now, exhaustion on climbing the stairs as I do now, and the blood spots happened then too, plus skin itching (but not as much as this time), sinuses were heavy and I lost my balance a lot also.

My GP 2 years ago suggested Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Post Viral Syndrome, as I had bloods done then and they were fine.

I was pregnant last year and felt great!  Had my baby in Dec, then had a tooth infection in Feb followed by vaginal strep C, followed by a heavy cold giving me a chesty cough.  It was while I had the vaginal strep I was put on antibiotics and the itching started roundabout then.  The red throat appeared in April with dilated blood vessels appearing in my mouth.

I have seen numerous GP's and they can't figure it out.  But I suspect that all of these symtptoms have one thing in common:-

Cats!

It started when we moved into a house where the landlady had a cat, she moved out, and my husband's father gave us a long haired cat, my symptoms began then, when I was pregnant we gave the cat back to his father because of risks with litter trays and unborn baby, I felt great.  In April however hubby's dad brought the cat back saying he didn't want her anymore.  I have progressively felt ill since.  

My question is:-  Can all of this be an allergic reaction, i.e. an airborne allergy?  Or is it a systemic fungal thing?  Would my blood levels have shown abnormalities if there was fungal systemic infection?

I have had a full blood screening, I spoke to the doctor in A & E yesterday as I was taken in with fast heart rate, high blood pressure and breathlessness.  She told me that my heart was healthy and that my circulation was fine.
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but, has anyone done not only a blood sample for Candida but, a stool sample as well?? I know you said the nystatin didn't work but, were you on it long enough? Huge diet changes as well as nystatin can take 6 months to a year to help clear your symptoms if - Candida (or systemic Candida)

Just a thought...
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I am not even sure it is systemic candida that's the thing.

I spoke with my mother in law who DOES have systemic thrush and takes meds for it and she said that if I had fungal infection starting in my mouth then I would have had white patches, that the coating would come off my tongue and there would be soreness.  She said that it sounded like my tongue was furred/coated rather than fungal.

I do have fungal infection on my toenails which started when I was pregnant and I have fungal infection on my skin on my feet which I treat with anti fungal cream.

I'm just trying to work out what is causing constant sinus tachy and feeling unwell after all the blood tests, x rays and ecgs.  They keep telling me it's anxiety but I keep thinking that if it was then the tachy would calm down when I calm down etc...
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I have systemic Candida and never had thrush in my mouth or throat. Since the symptoms are so widespread and there are so many - they say the stool sample test is the most deifinitive and if you have not had one then, you don't know... I have heart palps too...and no one has mentioned that it is anxiety. If anything, they were brought on by my sudden food and medicine allergies...I do not get them as often as before but, I still get them.  I think the easy way out is for a doctor to say you are anxious and throw drugs at you... when one possible answer is $46.00 away ((with no insurance I might add))... Keep me posted - I was the one who found my 'ailment/cure' after 2 months and countless doctors. With the help of a great biomeridian doctor - we were able to narrow it down to Candida which was confirmed in a blood and stool test...
I had to ASK and PUSH for that testing!!!!  after six months of being a guinea pig...I have a possible answer!  Best of luck to you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Keep posting as I check this board about once a week ((sometimes more)) and would be glad to try and help...if I can
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179332_tn?1273250959
actually, the other point that sticks out - is your tooth infection....
teeth and infections can cause pretty severe heart problems...
was the infected tooth removed or root canal??  
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It is an impacted wisdom tooth.  I had antibiotics to treat it and blood tests showed all my levels were normal, that includes white cells, if it was secondary to that it would show in the bloods surely?

The dentist won't remove it because he said it is set into my jaw and would cause permanent nerve damage if I had it removed.

What problems can teeth cause with the heart?

Can they cause sinus tachy?
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I wish I could get ahold of a dear old friend of mine. her husband was very ill and no one knew what was wrong... it took them what seemed like forever to find out he developed a severe heart problem after a dental visit!!  Teeth infections can lead to bloodstream infections and secondary heart problems (infections) I would think the bloodwork would show it all but, I remember the doctors were baffeled with him until he mentioned his dental visit...I also know my husband has to be on antibiotics before going to the dentist because of his mytrovalve prolapse (minor heart problem)  
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I never really had the severe symptoms you guys are describing above.  But I have chronic hives that my doctor says is most likely "autoimmune".  Anyhow, tried lots of things only thing that works is prednisone.  Then I started taking probiotics and "yellow dock" herb and saw some benefits. but no complete relief and still on prednisone.

I pretty much gave up and lived my life.  Went to the dentist one day and they said my last wisdom tooth was severely impacted.  Never really felt any pain.  thought i didnt need to get it removed but insurance covered it so i went with it. After the procedure, which was very painful, went on antibiotics for a week.  After two days on antiobiotics I felt overall better and healthier other then the stitches in my mouth.  My hives have improved 10000000%. i still see them but they are very light and small. My mesg is....teeth are very important and connected to everything.  Get your wisdom tooth removed. But becareful what antibiotic the doc puts you on after. I took somethng like amoxlin or something.
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You are correct Hyon! Teeth ARE connected to everything! we have over 365 bateria in our mouths which become exposed to our bloodstream when teeth are worked on... A great antibiotic ((that is synthetic)) is Levaquin. It's 5 pills, for 5 days - that's all...you were probably on Amoxicillan which is also a general antibiotic but, not synthetic.  Funny thing about Candida too is that the overgrowth in your body is caused by a low immune system - or an auto-immune disease...
Best of Luck to everyone!  Hives and itching - all that just stinks - bigtime!
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>>Deeds

Sorry but umm.. what are your symptoms then if you have systemic fungal infection?  And what is the test called?

Thanks
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