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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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