Ice Cream Chemical Link to Sinus Infections

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Posted by Kim (Louisville, KY) on 11/14/2008
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I also noticed the last two years I started getting sick right after eating ice cream. I never used to get them before when I ate ice cream, so what in this ice cream is causing this? Why isn't the ice cream companies doing anything about it? They are going to loose a lot of customers if something isn't done. Anyone have any remedies, or ice cream that does not cause this?

EC: It really depends on the brand. We've had absolutely no problems with Starbucks, Ben & Jerry's, and organic brands of ice cream.


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Posted by ZTeee (Sydney, New South Wales) on 11/08/2008

Could this possibly happen with pizza? I had a pizza two days ago. Hours later I felt like I had the flu. Blocked sinuses, feverish and feeling rotten. Today I (56 y/o) didn't link it to the pizza because I try to eat healthy as much as I can until my son (36 y/o) called today I told him how I was feeling. He immediately told me that he has been fighting off this sinus infection ever since a Pizza, from a totally different place, same symptoms as mine. Could this be happening with other types of fast foods?

By the way I got some relief washing out my sinuses with a plastic bottle (a la neti pot) with some bicarb and sea salt, which I learned from this wonderful site.

Replied by Fountainflower
(Chicago, Il, 60302)
03/26/2010

My household just had this same problem, we had pizza and ice cream as a special 'blue moon' night of indulgence as we're moving and the kitchen is packed.

I have asked my doctor, and the nurse said everyone is catching a flu, that something is going around the city right now. We got pizza out, and often workers in restaurants won't call in sick and don't wash their hands or cover their faces properly. So when something is making the rounds, eating out can increase your risk of catching something. We usually don't order take out when this is the case, we just had no idea that a flu or cold was making its way round town!


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Posted by Tabby (Wathena, Kansas) on 10/29/2008
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My husband and I were craving ice cream and decided to go to the Dairy Queen. I had already read about this sinus infection connection with ice cream. As we were going through the drive -thru I decided to test this theory. It had been a really long time since having ice cream so I thought I'd see if it was a contributor to my chronic sinus troubles.

I had a Mocha Moolatte. About 2 hours later I began having pain in my frontal sinuses and the back of my neck. I started to feel a sensation of fatigue.

About 6 hours later my sinus passages felt swollen and the mucus had turned into thick sludge.

About an hour after the congestion started, body aches and pains began. In my arms, legs, feet, etc. Then came chills. I was certain I had a fever going, so I took my temp and it was 98.1 degrees, normal. I began having sensations of feeling cold, then warm, and back to cold again, while the aches in my body continued to worsen.

I no longer have my doubts about this theory now, as I can sincerely vouch for the fact that I'm ill and cold as I type this.

Here's what I've done to try and counter my trouble: 1/4 cup diluted in 8oz of water. 1 (concentrated) cranberry tablet to offset any possible UTI from the sugary dairy. 3 Advil for the pain. 1 Maximum strength Mucinex to thin down this congestion. 1 drop tea tree oil in pure water in a spray bottle, 1 spray up each nostril to open the nasal passages quickly.

It took about an hour for the Mucinex and Tea Tree nasal spray to make a difference. My head hurts less, but the chills and flu feelings are hanging on.


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Posted by Gloria (San Antonio, Texas) on 10/29/2008
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I had discovered in my adult years that food allergies can trigger sinus infections. for me at one point it was citrus, but in my later years was still plagued with sinus infections 3 to 5 times a year. A year ago, I read a similar article on ice cream and sinus infections, and decided to stop eating ice cream. I have only had 1 sinus infection this past year. I do believe this theory is true.


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Posted by Keith Mccormick (Wimborne, Dorset, UK) on 09/30/2008
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Amazing article re ice-cream & sinus infection - I love ice cream, and have just had a bad cold followed by bad sinus infection!! No more ice cream!!! Many Thanks, Keith McCormick


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Posted by Cindy (Wichita, KS) on 07/22/2008
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I don't eat much ice cream but had a chocolate malt about a month ago and have had a sinus infection AND a craving for more ice cream ever since. This is just plain despicable.

Replied by Berrni
(Richibucto-village, Nb, Canada)
09/30/2010
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True, true... I am sitting here trying to get well from yet another sinus attack.. 2 days of work missed... And still trying to get better... But I have to read about 20 of your stories here on this site to finally remember that I did have a cone of chapman the nite before I got sick with the flu-like symptoms! I have a very bad memory but I remember now putting the cones away. I am the kind of person who stuffs her face without thinking and go right back to my creative work or thinking. But now I am convinced that this is true! In fact after feeling better from packing heated facmasks on my face, I found the enrgy to cook up a meal and then an apple crisp, U see I think I had a craving for more icecream! And becuz I felt better I slapped on a spoonful of icecream on top of the dessert and felt great from satisfying my craving. Yet a few hrs later I was packiing on those heat pads on my face again, and another day of missed work. I will keep away from those artificial icecreams from now on and see what happens.


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Posted by Mary Jo (Goodlettsville, TN) on 06/26/2008
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I am convinced that ice creams with artifical ingredients are the cause of my sinus infections. For me it only took 1 taste (teaspoon) of a Jack-In-The Box milk shake and 48 hrs. later I started to feel the flu-like symptons and sinus infection. This was confirmation for me. A few months prior I had the same think happen when I ate an over the counter ice cream... 48 hrs. later, same symptons. I'm convinced!!


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Posted by Peijay (Long Beach, California) on 05/27/2008
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May 12, 2008, I fell ill at church once again with nausia, fever and back aches and shortness of breath. I had just taken my 2 1/2 year old to Wendys for a lite snack before church about 30 minutes prior to attending. My son & I went for a short walk just when service was starting, it was nice and warm out, but I began noticing I started feeling really hot and it was hard to breathe. I have had sinus problems before - especially when the weather changes from hot to cold. Mostly when it is cold, I get congested. But I knew something was wrong. That night, I was sicker than a sick dog. I was in literal pain and the cold hurt if it touched my skin. I called in to work. That Monday, 12th of May, my mother rushed me to the Hospital -Long Beach Memorial ER. They did blood work, cat-scan of my blood, pumped me with fluids, including liquid motrin. I was still in pain. I couldnt figure out what happened. I thought about what I ate, until it hit me, slowly, as I recalled earlier in the week, I craved the enfamous, Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia (vanilla, black cherry, chocolate chunk mix) & I had Haagan Daz vanilla ice cream, both in single mini cup serving sizes.

I noticed that the Haagan Daz made my throat tingle a bit, then when I ate the Cherry Garcia, I noticed a stinging when I chewed a chunk of chocolate. A note to the wise, I am an avid lover of eating ice cream, but this is just mean! I purposly stopped eating Breyers & Dreyers Vanilla Bean ice creams because I noticed the actual vanilla bean specks occassoinally got caught in my throat giving me an allergic reaction and the sinus issues started then a rash. My eldest son, 16, noticed the same thing and will not touch any ice cream with the vanilla bean specks.

So getting to my point of illness, which kept me laid up for 7 days, my doctor kept me out from work till the 19th of May, I still have symptoms that flaired up w/ sinus congestion. Also note that during the 7 days of agony and viral symptoms - I had not one problem with my sinuses until after I started feeling better.

I have tried the Apple Cider Vinegar for my scalp - contact dermatitus/psoriasis per doctor diagnosis. And it seemed to have worked the first time I tried it. But will try again tonite. Also I had tried drinking the solution before But I think I used too much ACV with water. I have heard many times in the past that this remedy has worked for numerous ailments and plan to continue using it to heal both of my conditions, skin and nasal.

Also, I have tried the water, cayenne pepper and lemon remedy - cleansing. I stopped because my throat felt raw, which I found is one of the signs of healing part of the remedy. (Yellow Book - Master Cleanser).

Anyway, I know this is long but I hope to find out more info from my next Dr visit on June 4, 2008. The ER said my test showed that I was healthy. If so, then why couldnt they tell me what was wrong with me other than a viral infection? There has to be some other tests, other than just general ones that can be taken to rule out hidden ailments and diseases and allergies.

Thank you again for this wonderful website.
Yours Truely,
Peijay in Long Beach.


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Posted by lizette (brooklyn, new york) on 04/24/2008

Perhaps it is psychological, but i am suffering wih the flu as we speak, and i love to eat ice cream regardless. I didn't have ice cream before i got sick there fore i can't blame my sinus problem.... but i still have my ice cream and for some reason i can get more mucous out of my system after eating ice cream and feel a lot better for a few moment of the day. I had some some tea last nite before hitting the sack and i was coughing and miserable for the whole night. i know we should have any colds in our system but i feel the heat also traps the immune system to just feel at ease. please let me know what u think! liz


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Posted by Heather (Colfax, WI) on 04/10/2008
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WOW...I stumbled on your site because I had come down with a cold 5 days ago and it turned into a very painful sinus infection. I hadn't eaten ice cream for 2 or 3 years. I also haven't had sinus problems for a few years but...I too had ice cream 3 nights in a row before this sinus pressure and thick mucus showed up. I have always believed dairy wasn't designed for human consumption. The brand was chocolate blue bunny. The hydrogen peroxide and ACV did wonders for me within 6 hours...mucus is returning to clear and I have much less pressure around my eyes. Thank you so much for this info. I know a 3 year old who is struggling with asthma...could dairy be the culprit??

Replied by Er
(Poughkeepsie, NY)
03/18/2012
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Yes. I think dairy could be the culprit. I am 36 years old and have had allergies and asthma from about 4 years old to almost recently. Now, I do not need my inhaler.

All this helped me so I thought I would share:

  • I cut out all dairy except yogurt (non homogenized but yes pasteurized brand name Erivan Yogurt) which I noticed gives me a subtle boost of energy around 3 PM. Interestingly, Eating yogurt in the morning or noon makes me tired.
  • No wheat. I eat organic spelt, basmati rice, brown rice, oatmeal. I eat no butter but yes to ghee.
  • I eat organic...
  • If I get mucusy, allergy symptoms I take Solgar Vitamin B12 and Modifilan (I open the capsule for my son when he gets colds/allergies and he loves to eat it from the plate). Vitamin B12 in the morning and Modlifan is wakame seaweed which absorbs toxins.
  • Also Vitamin C only when cold or allergy symptoms come on... But be really careful with children. And maybe opt for a food version high in Vitamin C for a three year old. Google "foods high in Vitamin C"
  • Mushrooms also supply the body with immune enhancing goodness and vitamin D which converts naturally to the usable Vitamin D with a little sun exposure.

My son had anger tantrums and ADHD pretty bad. The dairy (or rather the way most companies process it and what the add to it) was wreaking havoc on his little body. He was hitting and punching me and his dad. We did not punish him like some relatives and friends were encouraging us to do. And I'm glad we did not. Because we found the root to his behavior (dairy and sugar).

Just took it out of his diet and he still has some lingering behaviors but no where near the stress we were having.

A little dairy or sugar for my 3 year old would make him lose his mind.

Hmmmm... makes me think about the mainstream media and their advertisements about what's healthy for us.....

Body's need calcium, even for ADHD and for asthmatics. And magnesium...

I am looking for some farm fresh yogurt becasue Erivan is about $2 per cup.

Good luck and keep reading. You'll find the answers you need. Be well.


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Posted by Elizabeth (Manitowoc, WI) on 04/03/2008
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I have had a sinus infection for the past 6 months. I have gotten breaks by taking antibiotics. No doctor said not to eat ice cream or cut dairy or anything like that!! I am surprised at the number of people using faulty logic and saying that because they don't eat ice cream that no one could get a sinus infection because of eating ice cream. I'm going to give this a try and see what happens. We don't have a Baskin Robbins in town & I hate DQ, but I often have a shake at McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy's & Arby's. I know Red 40 gives my daughter headaches, maybe it (or one of the MANY other chemicals) gives me sinus infections.


Replied by Kamila
(Canon City, Co)
10/03/2011

Hi. I think you guys are up to something. I went for a walk with my kids and stopped at Coldstone Creamery. I walked with a stroller so I worked hard to get my 150 lb of kids, stroller and pumpkins back home but on the way back I realized one of my nostrils is stuck. Long story short within the next 3 hours both of my nostrils became completely obstructed and I developed fever and extreme fatigue. I did not want to move. I also had Mexican shredded cheese on my tortilla and also on pasta couple hours before the walk. I think all that dairy did me in. I tend to have no problem with milk, sour cream and coconut icecream. I buy organic whenever they have it.

It took a lot of ACV, cayenne pepper, honey, humidifier, neti pot with salt and lots of baking soda to get this outta me. The frontal sinuses headache was intense. Nothing was moving for about 3 days, now I'm much better but I slept within 10 in. from a humidifier turned on HIGH. No more ice cream for me, darn it. I love it so much!

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Posted by Matvey (Portland, OR) on 03/27/2008
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I have also gotten a chronic sinus infection as a result of eating ice cream at Baskin Robbins. I felt something was wrong on the next day, and within 2 weeks had a horrible sinus infection, which at first I thought was a toothache. Now it never completely left me even after almost a year.


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Posted by Jennifer (Oslo, Norway) on 03/27/2008
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I'm so glad I found this site, and that I'm not the only one who suffers sinus infections seemingly out of the blue. Dairy is the culprit for me! I developed a sinus infection a few days ago after eating homemade ice cream (I made it, no artificial ingredients in it at ALL), and I started wondering about dairy being the cause. I'll try the apple cider treatment and swear off dairy! Thank you for your informative site, too.

Replied by Jlady
(Mobile, Al)
07/01/2011

I think there is a correlation dairy as well, Not just Ice Cream. Ever since I was a little kid I have had issues drinking milk, & eating ice cream due to bloating in stomach as well as sinus issues. Now as an adult I try to cut out both. I drink silk and keep ice cream out of the house. But I realize that even drinking a small amount of creamer in my coffee, makes my sinuses act up. I am on my way to the store rt now for ACV.


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Posted by Antonella (Saco, Maine) on 03/15/2008
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I had eaten ice cream for yrs. now at 40,I was getting raspy feeling in throat,coughing,sour burping and stuffed nose,yup!ice cream...it now has so many chemicals in it,why??I stay with all natural,no problem APPLE CIDER VINEGAR,YUCK,I and many have vomited because of that crap that has been soooo natural.


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Posted by Sheri (Vienna, VA) on 03/02/2008
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For several years now, I've noticed that when I eat ice cream, I get terrible flu-like symptoms and eventually end up with a sinus infection. About 2 years ago, I started linking it with milk products, namely ice cream. My husband, co-workers, friends, etc. all thought I was crazy when I told them that I thought it was ice cream causing my sinus infections. Imagine my surprise and relief when I stumbled on your website and read about this link. Thank you so much for validating my concerns. I broke down Friday afternoon and purchased a small chocolate milkshake from McD's. Of course I know better, but I hadn't had ice cream in a while and felt it was warranted and deserved. Boy, have I been paying thr price for that! On-set of the flu-like symptoms began within 4 hours. The next day, it felt like i had the flu -- and one of the worst headaches I've ever had -- the pain was right behind my eyes and in and around my teeth and gums. Ouch! This morning (2 days later since having the shake), I woke up with extreme fatigue and clogged sinuses. I'm about to drink my ACV and hope that will take care of the problem. ACV usually does the trick. But thank you again for bringing attention to this issue!!



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