Would be grateful for any insight which can help to reduce inflammation which is currently making me deaf in my right ear. Ever since ME CFIDS onset in '86 I have had regular recurrent viruses all year round and very severe allergies especially in the June-July grass pollen season coupled to an increased tendency to cysts and zits about that time too. In several recent summers I have had bad nasal polyps and cold like symptoms and found they got a lot worse when I tried a honey drink (edit : I believe due to salicylates in honey). I discovered the antihistamine I was taking, Loratidine, has a side effect of increased infection in upper respiratory tract. So I believe I had a recurring virus in my nose activated due to the Loratidine+immune crisis which precipitated mucosa inflammation, made worse by salicylates. So I recognised the need to cut out salicylates during a cold. I can eat salicylates just fine most of the year. This year I stopped using Loratidine and tried turmeric and cloves and did not get a nasal cold or polyps and my hayfever was manageable. So I thought I was in the clear and forgot about the salicylates. When I got an inner ear infection I assumed it was not the same kind of situation, so I tried honey again and it immediately got a lot worse like previous years with my nose and my inner ear is now pressurised and I cannot hear anything with that ear. So I think it must be another virus and I do sometimes get recurring bouts of some kind of vertigo inducing virus and had a nasty cold earlier this summer so it could be one of those or another one. My question is what can help to reduce infection associated inflammation. I have been to see my doctor and been prescribed beclomethasone nasal spray and I am using it. The ear is not congested and the eustachian tube is clear without gunge, the swelling is deep inside, but I was prescribed menthol and eucalyptus decongestant, which seems a bit generic but there you go. I am trying it but it does not seem to have any relation to the problem, which I believe is caused by membrane inflammation and swelling as in my nose, pressing on my ear bones and preventing the transmission of sound, also possibly squeezing the nerve. I am getting some strange neurological crossover effects where there is a buzz in the deaf ear when the working ear hears sound. I have begun salicylate elimination in my diet and also taking cysteine, glucosamine sulphate, glycine (jelly) and B vits especially B3 to support salicylate removal. But the nasal polyps typically took months to reduce so I am expecting this to take a while too. Does this ring a bell for anyone? Any ideas how this kind of inflammation can be reduced with herbs, supplements or diet?