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Immune system, colds and flu

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  • Posted By: phlegm problem
  • January 26, 2009
  • 01:10 PM

:mad: My issue is that every time i get a cold or flu, it stays with me for longer than most other people. It starts 99% of the time with a chronic sore throat. My nose then gets blocked and my phlegm turns green. Finally the phlegm moves into my chest. It usually takes about 3 weeks to go away maybe a month sometimes. I dont like using anti-biotics, so the last time I got sick I let my body fight it, but that meant full on resting for a week, no activity at all. Now I am back at work and have to get up and go. How do I get over this, without taking anti-biotics. Can anyone help??

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  • I don't know of any way to eradicate an infection without antibiotics,but you said you had a chronic sore throat,so why not do a culture and sensitivity on your throat in between flare-ups to see if it's something that can be cured since it might be triggering your episodes?
    richard wayne2b 1,232 Replies
    • January 26, 2009
    • 01:24 PM
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  • There are problems with the immune system that are in your genes that can cause people to "hang onto" infections, as you describe. I'm most familiar with one called IgA deficiency, but there are others. Perhaps you can ask about this, especially if this has always happened to you since you were small. It sounds to me as though what may start out as a viral infection becomes a bacterial infection (green phlegm). No fun! Do you smoke? If so, this can make your immune system weaker & can result in the bacterial infection. If it turns out to be IgA deficiency, the journal American Family Physician had an article showing that probiotics may help with this. Best wishes.
    aquila 1,263 Replies
    • January 26, 2009
    • 05:23 PM
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