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I've had a blood test called cold agglutinins. Doctor is querying raynauds. What else could the doctor be looking for when asking for this test?

I've had a blood test called cold agglutinins.   Doctor is querying raynauds. What else could the doctor be looking for when asking for this test?

Several: Glad you asked. Cold agglutinins damage red cells in the cold and may be elevated for unknown reasons in mycoplasma pneumonia, and also define the uncommon cold agglutinin hemolytic anemias. Cryoglobulins are antibodies that precipitate themselves in the cold; you may also be checked for these; the underlying disease associates are different. Be proactive and read up if the results are positive. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is a common cold?

What sort of disease is a common cold?

Usually self limited: Usually viral and self limited, but contagious. ...Read more

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Why would an individual with hodgkin's disease be instructed to avoid individuals with colds and feve?

Why would an individual with hodgkin's disease be instructed to avoid individuals with colds and feve?

Immuno compromised: Hodgkins' lymphoma is usually treated with chemotherapy and radiation therapy. That can cause drop in blood counts particularly white cell that may lead immuno deficiency. Thus, patients should avoid catching germs from contacts. Hand washing and avoid rubbing nose and eyes is important. ...Read more

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I have Addison's Disease and tonight I started feeling very achy, cold and flushed all of the sudden. Not sure what is going on. ?

I have Addison's Disease and tonight I started feeling very achy, cold and flushed all of the sudden. Not sure what is going on. ?

Not enough to decide: Your information is not sufficient for a diagnosis -- you should be examined by a physician who will order a few necessary tests... ...Read more

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If cold/flu can transmit via "aerosolized", then are there any key ways to prevent? Was only out once for a split sec and still got the disease..

If cold/flu can transmit via "aerosolized", then are there any key ways to prevent? Was only out once for a split sec and still got the disease..

Viruses everywhere: You are actually more susceptible to the viruses when you are in close contact to others with the virus. While it is common to contract a virus by aerosol you can also get one by direct contact, such as shaking hands or touching a contaminated surface, and then touching your nose for example. Aside from wearing a mask at all times, hand washing frequently during flu season may help. Vaccine also. ...Read more

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I always seem to have the cold/sniffles all year round, on average twice a month. Is it something to do with my immune system or a long term disease?

I always seem to have the cold/sniffles all year round, on average twice a month. Is it something to do with my immune system or a long term disease?

Allergic rhinitis ?: You may have chronic nasal inflammation, called rhinitis with an allergic component, that is allergic rhinitis, also called hay fever or rose fever (there is no associated fever or allergy to roses or hay). It will often be controlled with over the counter antihistamines (zyrtec, allegra) but if these don' t work see your md or an allergist for further management. ...Read more

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