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April 16, 2010 11:47 AM Subscribe
Whenever I catch a cold, I get symptoms in only one side of my face. Why?
posted by Metroid Baby to health & fitness (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
For me, colds always start out with one runny/stuffy nostril and one watery eye. One side of my face will be leaky and miserable, and the other will be totally normal. I think it's usually (or always) my left side that's afflicted, but I've never kept track. I've been getting colds this way for as long as I remember.
Sometimes, after a day or two, the cold progresses into the other side of my face for a while; when this happens the symptoms are often less severe and don't last as long. Other times, it turns into allover sinus congestion. Accompanying headaches and sore throats, when I get them, are not isolated to one side.
What's going on that causes the one-sided response? Does the virus prefer hanging out on my left side? Is my immune system stronger on the right? Is my body trying to keep the symptoms on one side at a time so I can see and breathe okay with the other side? Google hasn't turned up anything informative for me.