Anyone experience frequent colds?

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MegCough
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   Posted 9/13/2008 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with asthma about 6 months ago. I started taking Advair, and then switched to Asmanex - both because my Dr. said Advair wasn't working, and because I'm not comfortable with the warnings. I also started Zyrtec a few weeks ago for allergies, and I'm seeing an allergist for tests in a few weeks.
 
For about the last 5 - 6 months, I've been getting cold symptoms about once a month (cough, sore throat, aches, vomiting, congestion, stuffy nose). My Dr. says it's because my asthma and allergies are not under control. I've never had an all out asthma attack. I was only having shortness of breath before, and that is controlled.
 
I take multivitamins every day, in addition to other supplements such as flax oil, grapeseed extract, etc. for my immune system. I've been sick the past week and don't seem to be getting any better.
 
Does anyone else get frequent colds due to asthma and allergies? I'm wondering if there is something else causing it, or if the asthma meds themselves are making me sick.

macrip3
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   Posted 9/14/2008 6:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like you have the flu not a cold.

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Joan M
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   Posted 9/14/2008 7:19 PM (GMT -6)   
yes, when you have allergies that is an indication there is something wrong with your immune system and you are liable to pick up viruses, colds, the flu, etc. It can get a bit better with allergy shots, etc.

Mia84
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   Posted 9/14/2008 9:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I have only had asthma for a lil over a year now. I have had allergies all my life and now it seems like I get colds frequently. I have not had a cold in about a month now knock on wood but since the last cold my sinuses have been horrible. Im not really congested but they are always draining and its really thick..which makes it even more annoying. Im not on an allergy medicine..im only on Advair.
~Mia~
 
 
Asthma: Diagnosed Feb. 2007
 
Current Medications- Advair 250 and Albuterol
 
Past Medications- Flovent 110 and Prednisone


MegCough
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   Posted 9/15/2008 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   

Mia84 - it sounds like you might be in the same situation as me.

We were both recently diagnosed with asthma and put on medications, and now getting sick a lot. I wonder if the asthma meds are making us sick or making us more susceptible to viruses.

Mia84
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   Posted 9/15/2008 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Well I think asthma alone may contribute to that. I think our lungs are so sinsitive that we catch stuff a lot easier. I think till your body gets use to the meds your are more prone to infections. I have not been on one medication long enough for my body to get use to it. I was one Flovent for a month and half before they switched me to Adviar last month. Flovent actually made my symptoms worse. Advair has worked for me so far. I do feel like im starting to get somewhat of a cold again. It just seems like a cycle and im starting to get use to it sadly. Yea its annoying but I dont know whatelse to do.
~Mia~
 
 
Asthma: Diagnosed Feb. 2007
 
Current Medications- Advair 250 and Albuterol
 
Past Medications- Flovent 110 and Prednisone


Razzle
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   Posted 9/16/2008 2:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I was having this problem until I started taking Vitamin D supplements daily. The amount in most multivitamins is not sufficient; I've seen two Endocrinologists who both said we need 2-4000IU/day Vitamin D. That's a lot more than the RDA (400IU). And the best form to use is cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3), because it does not have to be converted in the body like ergocalciferol (Vitamin D2) does.  So you might want to ask your doctor about Vitamin D.

Good luck,


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Allura
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   Posted 9/16/2008 2:43 AM (GMT -6)   
If I'm not mistaken, your taking steriods...Advair, Asmanex. The fact that your taking a steriod compromises your immune system and leaves you more suseptible to colds and flu's. You should have a flu shot every year and make sure your doctor knows ALL the medications your taking including flaxseed and grapeseed oils. Steriods effect the adrenal glands and many supplements may interfear with their function.

Mia84
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   Posted 9/16/2008 10:56 AM (GMT -6)   
MegCough- It does sound like we are very much in the same situation. I have not had a full blown asthma attack either. I have come close, but I experience a lot of shortness of breath and chest tightness. Allura is right that steriods do compromise your immune system so thats why we keep getting these colds. Hopefully our bodies get use to the meds and our immune system will strengthen. I can do this every month lol. Anytime I get around anyone that is a lil bit sick I seem to catch it and that not good. Especially since I will be working in a hospital soon.
~Mia~
 
 
Asthma: Diagnosed Feb. 2007
 
Current Medications- Advair 250 and Albuterol
 
Past Medications- Flovent 110 and Prednisone


groovey
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   Posted 9/17/2008 12:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Try aloe vera capsules...they keep the immune system on track...also eat lots of spinach, watercress and dried apricots...be well groovey.

Mia84
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   Posted 9/18/2008 8:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Well its about the right time its been almost 2 months and yeap I have another cold. I have not been around anyone that has been sick. But it started with nasal congestion now its down in my chest. I need to cough but it hurts to and it even hurts to take a deep breath. My chest is just tight all together espcially along my back and left front chest.
~Mia~
 
 
Asthma: Diagnosed Feb. 2007
 
Current Medications- Advair 250 and Albuterol
 
Past Medications- Flovent 110 and Prednisone


Allura
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   Posted 9/18/2008 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry to hear your not feeling well Mia. As a long time asthma sufferer I am going to give you a tip that will sound completely contrary to what you should be doing. It won't help you prevent or get rid of your cold but it may offer some comfort. Wrap your ribs with an elastic bandage, not tight just enough to offer support to your chest/rib muscles. That way when you cough or take a deep breath the muscles are supported and don't over expand causing the soreness. I know....sounds stupid but it works for me.

Good luck
Allura

Queen
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   Posted 9/21/2008 5:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hiya,
I am a little unwell at the moment. Each time I get a cold, I always seem to get an infection. My head and ears feel blocked, i get asthma as well. I have had asthma for a long time , but have only been recently diagnosed. My cold always seems to go on my chest and it gets to my head. Any one know why a cold always develops into an infection? Does anyone else have their head bunged up when they have a cold. For normal cold symptoms you can buy menthol crystals from the chemist which you dissolve in hot water and smell the vapours but be careful to not use boiling water and also be careful in case you are allergic to this substance. Menthol crystals give you a soothing effect.

Mia84
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   Posted 9/21/2008 3:38 PM (GMT -6)   
All my colds seem to go right to my chest. Sometimes I have sinus problems with them. This time I did and it felt like my head was gonna explode. The pressure has finally eased off but now its mostly in my chest.
~Mia~
 
 
Asthma: Diagnosed Feb. 2007
 
Current Medications- Advair 250 and Albuterol
 
Past Medications- Flovent 110 and Prednisone


Ceres
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   Posted 9/21/2008 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Allura said...
If I'm not mistaken, your taking steriods...Advair, Asmanex. The fact that your taking a steriod compromises your immune system and leaves you more suseptible to colds and flu's. You should have a flu shot every year and make sure your doctor knows ALL the medications your taking including flaxseed and grapeseed oils. Steriods effect the adrenal glands and many supplements may interfear with their function.


Right on! Whenever I'm on steroids, I found I came down with everything from Thrush to Bronchitis. :-)

lgreen35
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   Posted 9/24/2008 5:21 PM (GMT -6)   
hello all,
I think frequent colds are due to a reaction to the medication. It is likely weakening your immunity, drugs can clog the liver. I would suggest trying a real good strong acidophilus that you can get at the health food stores.

That will boost your immunity by repopulating the good "flora" in the intestinal tract; that is where immunity starts. That is where nutrients are processed and sent back to where the body needs them.



live a clean life....air purifier

SnowyLynne
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   Posted 9/24/2008 7:15 PM (GMT -6)   
No colds but my allergies to ragweed are diving me nuts,lol.(short trip)
SnowyLynne

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