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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?

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Dr. Gary Steven
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Joel Selter
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.
Dr. Stevan Cordas
Also have your physician check for a mild subclass IgG or immune deficiency.
Dr. Michael Palumbo
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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Dr. Booth Wainscoat
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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