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Every time i get sick i seem to develop a bacterial infection such as phemonia, bronchitis, strep throat. i'm 24, sick again for 3 days now. cold?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Infectious Disease 22 years experience
Get tested: Repeated infections in a young person suggests a weakness in the immune system. Some immunodeficiencies are genetic & show up in early adulthood. Others may be acquired such as hiv. A specialist needs to sort this out.Other diseases can mimic infection such as autoimmune disease. This requires special testing. Always maximize your general health with proper rest, nutrition & exercise.
Dr. Gary Steven
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 31 years experience
See an allergist: People with allergies have constant inflammation in the nose and sinuses. Nonallergic people can typically handle the inflammation of a viral infection without much trouble; but in an allergic person, adding the viral inflammation on top of the underlying allergic inflammation makes perfect conditions for bacteria to grow. Treating the underlying allergic inflammation usually helps immensely.
Dr. Joel Selter
Dr. Joel Selter commented
Pediatrics - Allergy & Asthma 38 years experience
recurrent infections - especially sinus or respiratory- can sometimes be a sign of a immune disorder. Patients usually find that antibiotics work well and then the symptoms return quickly after finishing the antibiotics.
Jan 19, 2012
Dr. Stevan Cordas
Internal Medicine 58 years experience
Also have your physician check for a mild subclass IgG or immune deficiency.
Jan 19, 2012
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Allergy and Immunology 24 years experience
Further Inquiry: Recurrently ill can be a sign of immune defiency or allergy. There also can be other factors at play such as ciliary dyskenisia or gastroesophageal reflux. It would be worth discussing with your doctor and considering a referral for allergy testing as well as evaluation of your immune system if these are truly documented bacterial infections.

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