Conquering Sinusitis: The best I’ve felt in a long time


Corin – I recently found out that I may have a dairy allergy due to the symptoms of constant sinusitis and GI problems.  So I decided I'd had enough of the sinus issues and constant headaches and tried going dairy free for 1 month now.  I just can't believe how much better I feel!  It's truley amazing.  My sinuses are clear, I can breathe through my nose and easier in general, my stomach is so much happier, my skin is softer and not itchy, the dark circles under my eyes gone, and my eyes are no longer bloodshot red …

I didn't realize what eating dairy was doing to me- I consumed these products practically every day of my life and slowly, my sinuses and stomach were getting worse and worse.  It's like the frog in the pot of water analolgy- slowly heat the water and it doesn't realize what's harming him.

I accidentally had a piece of cheese a couple weeks ago and I instantly felt ill and those old symptoms returned.  I'm never going back to the pot of boiling water (or milk)!

Now if only a doctor would have told me about this years ago…instead I wasted years on different meds, accupuncture, nasal lavage…and the answer was all right here- going dairy free!

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. I went in for testing to see why I was having so many issues with food, everything was hard on me. YEAR later, I found out I have celiac disease. Get tested for autoimmune diseases too. it may be more then just dairy.

  2. My kids 3 year old and 17mnth old suffer sal from sinus. Dr also recommended that whe goed dairy free. Is there alternatives that can be used. For example my kids love yogurt. Would lactose free yogurt be okay or will it still affekteer their sinusses?

  3. My doctor has advised me to go on lactose free products as I get very bloated after eating and have suffered for years from sinusitis and itchy eyes after consuming dairy. I have also over the past two years developed breathlessness and wheezing. Should I use lactose free products or cut all dairy out of my diet?

    • Hi Irene, lactose intolerance is a digestive condition and typically does not correlate to allergy symptoms. I’d guess that your doctor meant dairy as a whole (the protein in dairy is what triggers allergies, not lactose, which is a sugar), but this must be verified with your physician. The above is for informational purposes only and must not be construed as medical advice.

  4. I have been advised to go dairy free also due to having about 5 sinus infections the past year alone. I also have asthma. One doctor said dairy free wouldn’t be worth the hassle but another said that for many people it does really help. On a dairy free diet do I just cut all products from cows milk? I would love if I could still use goats milk products.


    • If you have been advised by your doctor to go dairy-free specifically, then yes, that would include all cows milk products and goats milk products (sheep, etc), most likely. Most who have issues with cow milk also have issues with goat milk, so doctors often advise cutting out both and then introducing goat milk once you are symptom-free or much improved to see if it reproduces reactions. This also means reading labels to ensure that the food does not contain any milk products.

  5. Oh my goodness… This sounds just like me! I am 37 years old and have had chronic sinutities and post nasal drip ALL my life! I’ve had three surgeries, been on a number of antibiotics due to sinus infections, have tried every nasal spray under the sun, I use nasal washes, I have tried acupuncture, gluten free, you name it I’ve tried it. The one thing I had not tried was dairy free. I have been dairy free for about a week. I feel much better! My head/mind is more clear. I can breath better. I still have some post nasal but hopefully in time that will improve. I do miss icecream and cheese on my burgers but I don’t want to go back to feeling like crap so I’m done with dairy!

    • Hi Carol – that sounds like amazing success! I hope that it keeps up for you. And don’t worry, it’s only been one week, dairy-free gets much easier and many if not all cravings subside. There are so many good options out there now, too!

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