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I get frequent colds. Kindly advise reason and medication?

I get frequent colds. Kindly advise reason and medication?

Risk for Colds: Many factors could be at work here. You may have a depressed immune system which your doctor can confirm or not-confirm. Otherwise, try being a "germaphobe" for a while and see if that helps. Use plenty of hand sanitizer, avoid crowds or those who are sick, don't touch things that the public touches. Of course get plenty of rest and eat a healthy diet. See if all that helps. ...Read more

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Frequent Respiratory Infections (Definition)

Frequent lung infections is a clinical finding in which a person gets lung infections more often than is typical. This can occur due to lung problems or due to a weakened immune system, often due to immune system suppressing ...Read more


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What could cause an 18-month-old baby to suffer from frequent colds?

What could cause an 18-month-old baby to suffer from frequent colds?

Define frequent !: An 18 mo is expected to have 5-7 respiratory infections/yr derived from community exposure and their behaviors.These kids constantly have their fingers in their mouths or touching the world with moist digits.This gathers new germs daily.If the kid is draining more often is may be environmental irritants or allergies. ...Read more

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Are frequent colds signs and symptoms of sinus infection?

Are frequent colds signs and symptoms of sinus infection?

Possibly: Colds can alter the normal anatomy of sinuses and create an environment of secondary infection. ...Read more

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Does chronic inflammation (like frequent colds) increases one's risk of a heart attack?

Does chronic inflammation (like frequent colds) increases one's risk of a heart attack?

Not likely: But that is unknown. The inflammation that is related is chronic (continuing) and measured by such blood tests as "cardiac hs crp" &" pla2." inflammation and heart attack are increased in psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis, but a cause:effect is not established for inflammation causing increased risk of heart attack in those 2 cases. Hrs, md www.Thepmc.Org. ...Read more

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Male 21. Non smoker active lifestyle. I seem to be getting frequent colds with little cough about every other month. How likely is lung cancer?

Male 21. Non smoker active lifestyle. I seem to be getting frequent colds with little cough about every other month. How likely is lung cancer?

Essentially zero: Although there is some data suggesting that lung cancer occurs at a bit younger age in never-smokers compared with smokers, in the absence of (for instance) immune system deficiency or underlying lung disease or the presence of cancer elsewhere in the body which could spread to the lungs, the likelihood of lung cancer at age 21 in an otherwise healthy non-smoker is virtually zero. ...Read more

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Frequent colds, blood work normal, Very severe chronic stress, public transport daily, discharged from psychiatric hospital last week, why sick alway?

Frequent colds, blood work normal, Very severe chronic stress, public transport daily, discharged from psychiatric hospital last week, why sick alway?

Anxiety: Anxiety symptoms are not a sign of illness, they are the mind's ability to produce the flight or fight response which gives rise to many physiological changes include body pains, parasthesia, dry mouth, aphasia, tremor and sweating. Depending on the cause of your anxiety symptoms, your health care provider can recommend appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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To prevent frequent colds flu etc. Is it best to take vitamin C and zinc every day of the year or only when you have an infection?

To prevent frequent colds flu etc. Is it best to take vitamin C and zinc every day of the year or only when you have an infection?

Every day: But------vitamins all work together as a massive team of essential non caloric nutrients. They govern cellular biochemistry and present a totally different approach to medical treatment and prevention. You can't take a vitamin like you may take an Aspirin for a headache. You need a little research of your own. ...Read more

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My 5 year old keeps getting spots (folliculitis?). She also gets frequent colds. She is very pale with dark circles under her eyes. Could it be anemia

My 5 year old keeps getting spots (folliculitis?). She also gets frequent colds. She is very pale with dark circles under her eyes. Could it be anemia

Could be: But anemia wouldn't cause the frequent colds or the dark circles under her eyes, ? Allergies or chronic inflammation in her upper airways causing nasal congestion and probably sinusitis. Ask her doctor/pediatrician to look at her, anemia is rather a lab diagnosis, blood count would tell us if she's anemic, more history and physical exam, probably CT of her sinuses would tell us more, good luck ...Read more

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My 5 year old keeps getting spots (folliculitis?). She also gets frequent colds. She is very pale with dark circles under her eyes. Could it be anemia

My 5 year old keeps getting spots (folliculitis?). She also gets frequent colds. She is very pale with dark circles under her eyes. Could it be anemia

Needs labs: As both, a mother and a Doctor, I recommend you to take him to the Pediatrician for an overall check. He needs to have at least a complete blood work including not just for anaemia (red cells that carry iron ) but for white cells ( part of the immune system of defense). They'll check the liver, spleen, lungs, throat, ears, and heart, Tec. Nobody could diagnose without labs ,but please do so. ...Read more

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Tired, achy, badneck/upperback pain, malaise, frequent colds for last 4 mos. No luck with neuro. Doc says hematologist bc slightly low wbc. Really? Who should I see next? Rheum? Infectious disease?

Tired, achy, badneck/upperback pain, malaise, frequent colds for last 4 mos. No luck with neuro. Doc says hematologist bc slightly low wbc. Really? Who should I see next? Rheum? Infectious disease?

PMD rec?: It is not surprising from the limited information given that neuro wasn't helpful. None of those symptoms are neurologic. They are all vague and common, so hard to pin down. I would regroup with your primary care md to see what he or she thinks. A low white blood cell count (WBC) may be a paradoxical reaction to infection (eg viral) or related to an auto-immune issue. ...Read more

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23 yr-old, since puberty had facial "bloating" and other symptoms suggestive of thyroid or cortisol issues, but hasn't found effective treatment....?

23 yr-old, since puberty had facial "bloating" and other symptoms suggestive of thyroid or cortisol issues, but hasn't found effective treatment....?

Subclinical Hypothyroididsm: In a difficult case like yours I take into consideration ratio of T4 to TSH. If the ratio is less than 2.5 I have found out that patients have hypothyroidism. I would take small dose of synthyroid like 0.25mg for a month and recheck T4and TSH then decide whether to continue or add some more. This will depend on how you tolerate it and what's your T4 and TSH. Obviously you have compound problem in situation like this hypothyroidism needs to be corrected first. Let me know how you do. ...Read more

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What is the cause of frequent respiratory infections?

What is the cause of frequent respiratory infections?

Lots of things: Technically, viruses, bacteria and fungus are infections. There are lots of other things that can cause a persistent cough. Some will go way on their own like colds, viral infections etc. Others will not go away such as chronic sinusitis, allergies etc. If you are still coughing, call your family doctor. ...Read more

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What causes leukopenia and frequent respiratory infections?

What  causes leukopenia and frequent respiratory infections?

Leukopenia: The list of things that can cause leukopenia is very long and includes both benign and malignant conditions. It is very important that this be evaluated by a hematologist, and maybe an immunologist, especially if the person is having frequent respiratory infections as well. ...Read more

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What is responsible for leukopenia and frequent respiratory infections?

What is responsible for leukopenia and frequent respiratory infections?

Number of causes: Infection itself can cause leukopenia due to demand supply issue. Drugs can do it. So can cancers, certain type of infections and a host of causes that decrease production of the cells in the bone marrow. ...Read more

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What causes frequent respiratory infections in children with duchenne muscular dystrophy ?

What causes frequent respiratory infections in children with duchenne muscular dystrophy ?

Weak respirations: As Duchennes muscular dystrophy progresses, the muscles of respiration become weakened. As a result the person does not have the forceful breathing and cough to clear secretions from the respiratory tract. As soon as a cold begins you should give vigorous chest physical therapy to mobilize the secretions and if necessary suction them. ...Read more

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What is the cause of frequent respiratory infections in children with duchenne muscular dystrophy ?

What is the cause of frequent respiratory infections in children with duchenne muscular dystrophy ?

Impaired muscles: When dmd affects the muscles of breathing, patients have difficulty clearing secretions which can lead to increased infections. Chest pt can be useful to break the secretions up and allow them to be cleared. If there is an issue with scoliosis, this should be addressed early to prevent further repiratory compromise later in the disease course. ...Read more

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My 4 year old lol is getting frequent respiratory infections with runny nose, cough and fever. Her BT shows Relative neutrophilia. please help.

My 4 year old lol is getting frequent respiratory infections with runny nose, cough and fever. Her BT shows Relative neutrophilia. please help.

Recurrent URI: If your child is attending daycare that is a very good reason for recurrent URI, her elevated neutrophil count is expected as a response to these infections, make sure she is up to date with her immunization & annual flu vaccine, give her vitamins daily & healthy diet with plenty of fresh fruits & vegitables. IF this problem continues check back with her pediatrician. Good luck. ...Read more

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How to control frequent cold ?

How to control frequent cold ?

Boost immunity: 1. Throat coat liquorice tea: several times/day 2. Megafood Megaflora plus probiotics 4 caps 2 times/day for 1 week. 3. Sunshine for 30-45 minutes daily at noon or Vitamin D3 10,000 IU/day (NOW brand is good) 4. Zinc supplement 50 mg/day (NOW brand is good) with food for 7-10 days 5. No milk products for 10-15 days ...Read more

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