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   Posted 4/14/2011 12:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I have recently been getting very frequent colds about one every week or two for the past 3 months or so, never this frequent before. I am very healthy, do lots of exercise and take multi vitamins and immune boosters, but yet I constantly get colds. It always starts with a scratchy throat which turns into a running nose and coughing.
I also have mild allergies, which i take anti histamines for. Could this be the reason for the colds? I have also heard rumours that it could be mould can also cause a person to become sick, how do i test if it is this?
I dont think being sick this long could be due to bad luck, please can anyone suggest anyway to find out why it is that I am getting sick so often.

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   Posted 4/14/2011 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Doctors have always told me that allergies can not lead to getting colds. I am not so sure that is entirely true. My son had bad allergies when he was younger and he was always getting sick. His allergies would act up then a week later he got sick. I am not sure if it has to do with the allergies lowering the resistance or what. However, when we got his allergies under control with allergy meds, his colds lessened.

What color is your mucous when you get these "colds"? It might not be colds at all but allergies. They mimic each other pretty closely. If the mucous is clear, then more then likely it's allergies. The mucous can drain into the back of the throat causing a sore/scratchy throat along with coughing. That is one of my main complaints - my allergies produce a lot of post nasal drip and it causes me to lose my voice and cough.

To be tested to see if you have a sensitivity to mold, you need to see an allergist and have testing done. If you think there might be mold in your home, you need to find a company that will test your house for you. Typical household mold is not a danger to someone unless they have a sensitivity (allergic reaction) to it. However, black mold is a whole new ball game. Black mold is toxic.
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   Posted 4/15/2011 8:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I totally agree with Sherry. The way I tell whether it's a cold or allergy is the color of the mucus. And I've found that if I can manage to keep the allergies under control, I don't get colds. All that nice, warm, wet mucus is a wonderful home for cold viruses, and they love it.
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