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Constantly seem to have a cold - doc no help!

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  • Posted By: andy100
  • December 7, 2008
  • 01:10 PM


I've come to ask my question here, as a recent visit to my GP wasn't much help at all, and to be honest I'm getting tired of what seems like my having a perpetual cold.

Basically, every morning when I wake up I have to blow my nose for a good hour or so before it seems to stop running, and half a dozen times throughout the day too. It constantly seems to be stuffy, and I always seem to have a bit of a nasty taste in my mouth. Quite often (at least once a week) I also get heartburn - primarily nausea and burning in the baack of my throat - which I'm convinced is due to my nose and snot running down into the back of my throat. Has anybody please got any suggestions/help as to what this could be?

Is it just a stream of colds that I'm catching? In the last 2 or 3 years it seems like I haven't got a cold for no more than one or two days a month if that!

My doc has just told me thaat "there's thousands of viruses around" so it's due to catching them, and to get plenty of rest and eat well. I normally have an hour or two's nap in the evening after work or at weekends, and still sleep a good 6-8 hours a night without problems, and eat relatively healthily - certainly I get a good dose of fruit & vegetables each day.

I do smoke and drink on a regular basis, but don't binge-drink regularly (a glass or two of wine an evening, 3-5 times a week on average), so why I admit to myself theey probably don't help, I don't think they're the reason behind my 'constant cold'. Even when I've tried quitting smoking for anything from a week to several months, the taste in my mouth and stuffiness in my nose doesn't improve any.

I had recurring chest infections leading to pneumonia about 8 years ago, which although went undetected for almost 18 months, was cleared up quickly by antibiotics, and a septoplasty about 5 years ago, but don't think either of these would have an effect on my symptoms now?!

Can anybody help me please?


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  • I know this may sound silly, but is there anything you could be allergic to? Even if you never used to be, allergies can develop. Just consider what you come into contact with daily, food, pets, dust etc. Have you tried antihistamines? You never know!
    angryt 8 Replies
    • December 8, 2008
    • 04:18 PM
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  • Thanks for the reply angryt - I forgot to mention that I had a blood test only about a month ago and it was all clear. Plus I've been tested for allergies in the past before they diagnosed my pneumonia/chest infections (though that was 8-odd years ago!) so don't think allergies are to blame. Plus I had a weekend away in Brighton a few weeks back and it was still the same! :confused:
    andy100 1 Replies
    • December 8, 2008
    • 04:27 PM
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