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Common Cold

This is a viral infection of the upper respiratory tract accompanied by sneezing, coughing, a sore throat and runny nose, and sometimes muscle aches, tiredness, headaches, shivering and loss of appetite. Most colds are mild and last less than a week, and there are no approved antiviral medicines for the condition. But there are several drugs for treating the symptoms.

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Constantly sick

I just had a few quick questions. For the last three years or so, I have been getting sick every one and a half to two months. Symptoms are always the same, runny nose, mild fever, stuffy head, fatigue, like a cold, and they go away in about a week or so. Is it possible to get sick that many times in a year? Why is my immune system not fighting any of it off? Is there something more serious going on? I am not overly stressed or sleep deprived.   Any help you can give me would be much appreciated.

Posted on : Thursday, July 3, 2008 11:49 AM
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Repeated upper respiratory infections that U R getting may be due to suboptimal health; but more likely to be due to allergy to some thing in your environment - like dust, flowers, some food items. It may be result of long standing persistent infection in your sinuses. You should have a thorough tests by an ENT surgeon and maybe a General Physician and possibly get some allergy tests done.Also some blood tests will also be helpful. Once U find the cause, it can be treated. BE SURE , most probably there is nothing serious. But DO SEE AN EXPERT.
Best wishes,
M.D. & Chief Surgeon,
Dr U Mohan Rau Memorial Hospital,
Chennai, India.
Visit: www.mohanraohospital.com
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