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I have had at least 5 colds this winter ... had one last week and am now about to go down with another! Urgh!! I guess I must be rundown or something? Anyone got any ideas? Tired of feeling ill!
 

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I've had one since January 23rd!!! I'm open to suggestions, too! I think we're just passing the same cold around at work. :?
 

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Thats half the problem isn't it. People stumbling into work with head colds when they really ought to be tucked up in bed. Not only does it make your recovery slower, you spread your germs to everyone else. And, yes, I'm most definitely guilty as charged on that score!

Not this time though ... this is a particularly nasty beastie so staying at home with my little ginger and white nursemaid.
 

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Oh poor you - I hate having colds.

Have managed to avoid getting any this year (touch wood!) but no idea how I'm afraid - especially since I work in an open plan air-conditioned office and the guy who sits next to me has had a nasty cold for the past month :?

I have a berocca everyday so maybe that has something to do with it??

Hope you're feeling better soon :patback
 

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If you sincerely want to get less colds, eat oranges daily (or strawberries, they're higher in VitC), and take fish oils daily. We started to do this, and changed nothing else, and I hardly get sick anymore (and if I do, it's a scratchy throat for a few days)! It's wonderful, as I used to get quite sick, quite often.
 

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I take an extra vit C daily, and I also take a daily probiotic. I haven't had a cold in.........well, knock on wood, it's been years! Even when Dave had a cold recently, I didn't get sick.

Feel better Allie! :patback
 

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I take an extra vit C daily, and I also take a daily probiotic. I haven't had a cold in.........well, knock on wood, it's been years!
Seriously? What's the name of the probiotic you take? I guess I've just been blessed with a good immune system because I rarely get colds when they're going around and around the house all year with 2 small kids. However, when I do get hit with a cold it's terrible!

Allie, if you keep having recurrences of colds, have you thought of the possibility that it might be a sinus infection or something that needs antibiotics? Just wanted to throw that out there as something to consider.
 

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I think one of the major things against you, Allie, is that you do a lot of traveling on public transportation. Sick people in enclosed spaces, grubby hands on railings or seat backs etc.
 

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You are absolutely right Lisa ... public transport is a hot bed for germs. One of the reasons I've been biking to work, although I haven't done that recently due to the poor weather.

That berocca stuff looks interesting ... I will pick some up this weekend. And I fear my diet needs a overhaul. I tend to forget to eat when I'm at work so will often find I'm only eating in the evening ... healthy stuff but probably not enough of it ... every now and then I try to make a bigger effort to eat properly but within a couple of days I'm back to square one again .... :dis
 

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I take:

Advan C in the morning
http://www.vitacost.com/NSI-Advan-C-wit ... flavonoids

Probiotic 15-35 with meals... in addition to eating yogurt daily
http://www.vitacost.com/NSI-Probiotic-15-35

Primal Defense prior to breakfast
http://www.vitacost.com/Garden-of-Life- ... nse-Powder

Omega 3-6-9 with meals
http://www.vitacost.com/NSI-Omega-3-6-9 ... -Oil-Blend

and Vitamin B12 if you are vegetarian!

Now that I take these I am better than years ago when I wasn't taking them... but the viruses are becoming stronger and stronger.... They are basically evolving to smarter beings... and eventually one day, billion years from now, these same viruses will evolve to be the next humans.
 

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It's simply not normal to get that many colds, even under the situations described here. At one time in my life I got frequent "colds" which turned out to be an allergy to dust mites. I took desensitization shots for a couple years and after that I only had the usual one or two colds a year, and even less frequently as I got older. What people call colds could be a number of things: chronic sinusitis (which is not due to a cold virus), allergies, mold in their homes, other sensitivities to airborne substances, all of which can mimic a head cold, even the crappy all-over feeling.
 

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Eat more Tangerines or Tangelos. They contain vitamins and minerals not found in other fruits that fight off cold viruses. In addition, regular consumptions of Medjool dates will also boost the immune system. You can find the Tangerines and Tangelo's at any Wal-Mart Super Center and many grocery outlets. As for the dates, look at Natural food outlets or Costco stores.
 

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Around here, this has by far been the worst year for illnesses in a long time, and I suppose it can possibly be attributed to the worst winter on record in a long time....at least for us.

I have been very conscious of illnesses in the last 2 years. I am a singer and my job depends on my voice. Some of you may recall my past rants about constantly being sick in the winter and trying to stay healthy. We'll, this year, the more I have been careful about contracting an illness, the worse it has been. I have been very aware of sick people in my vicinity (when I hear a cough nearby I bury my face in my shirt collar and vacate the room) and I take extreme care not to touch my nose or eyes until I am at home and have washed my hands thoroughly. I'm wondering if my extra caution has backfired causing me to be more susceptible to illness due to my avoidance of possible germs. It seems that washing your hands religiously in public is a losing battle because no matter how well you wash, unless EVERYONE does, one touch of a stair rail, handle or any public door knob negates anything YOU have done to prevent contraction of the virus.

It's endlessly irritating because you can stand there in the restroom and wash a layer of skin from your hands and then watch someone with a cold (and freshly washed hands) cough into their hand and then open the door, and once you touch it, you're worse off than before you ever washed your hands.

Since November I have had strep 3 times (yes, 3 times) along with 2 colds that were hacking coughs nothing like the basic 3 day colds I would usually get.

Many people I talk to, including doctors say that this has been a terrible year for illnesses and the refusal of sick people to stay home makes this a never ending battle.
 

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I think you've got something else going on there, because I live 30 miles away and my impression is that I've seen far fewer sick people out in public. I think because it's been so cold for such a long time with so much snow that people just stay home more than usual. You have a humidifier? Dry air can irritate mucous membrane linings of the respiratory tract, which in itself could case cold-like symptoms and also reduce resistance to infection. But as a professional singer, I'm sure you know that.

A decrease in immunity due to avoidance of germs doesn't happen in a year, nor several years, but many years.

Strep three times? You're sure, you had cultures done? Sometimes doctors will just tell patients they think it's strep and then prescribe an anti-biotic. Not doing their patient any good.

Richo, I told you this last winter (or maybe the previous winter), there's something else going on here besides just catching other people's respiratory viruses. There's some other reason. I listed a bunch of them above for Allie.

Another thing, get over this obsession -- obviously it isn't protecting you. And I don't think it's infecting you, either. You're making yourself psychologically miserably on top of your physical misery.

Here's just something I want to toss out: back when I was a kid, kids often routinely had their tonsils taken out when they got sick a lot and had lots of colds and sore throats. They don't do that any more. I don't know why not, because you know what? It worked. If you've still got your tonsils, honestly, you should check into that as a possible cause.

Spring is just around the corner....... ;)

PS - I'm going to toss out one more for ya to chew on: could you have developed an allergy to your cats????? (adults develop new allergies, too)
 

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I know I'm allergic to Toby. Could that be a possible cause for me?
 

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Have managed to avoid getting any this year (touch wood!)
Agh sod's law - after saying no colds all winter started coughing at 9 last night and woke up this morning aching all over :( Hope not strep throat as I had that a couple of years ago and 2 weeks later my skin went mental (I have psoriasis and apparently strep throat is often followed by an outbreak) - only managed to get it all better just before Christmas 08 so fingers crossed it's not that.

Allie - just googled and it looks like alot of symptoms of cat allergy reflect colds (http://www.catallergyfree.com/Cat_Allergy_Symptoms.html). Guess the easy way to see would be to take some piriton and see if you get better?? Would be good for you to know either way - hope you figure it out soon!
 

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Tim,

I do still have my tonsils and I don't know why mine weren't taken out when I was a kid because I used to get a lot of sore throats. The ENT specialist that I see doubts that my problem is allergy related and he has mentioned that my tonsils could be a problem because they are oversized, pitted and ugly and can be a breeding ground for bacteria. My doctor did tell me that illnesses are at an all time high this year for his patients.

The first time I had strep they didn't take a culture but put me on meds and most of it cleared up in 2 days. The second time I did test positive and less than a week after finishing my meds, I came in contact with someone who had strep and 3 days later all of the symptoms were coming on again so my doctor refilled my prescription and that knocked it out before it could get full blown.

One thing that will ease the trouble with my illnesses is that I'm going to be retiring from the band in about a year. I guess at that point I will see how often I am battling illness and decide if a tonsillectomy is what I want.
 

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Oh my word - how did I manage to do this - avoided colds all winter and now that it's springtime I'm confined to the sofa with a temp of 38.6 (c101.5) :( Also with my ginger and white nursemaid!

Bring on the self pity :wink:

Here's hoping I'm better in the morning to head through for my meeting in Glasgow!!
 
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