I keep almost-getting colds. Or is it something else?
April 1, 2011 10:30 AM Subscribe
I've been getting that coming-down-with-a-cold feeling a lot lately, but it hasn't turned into a cold. Is my immune system super effective against cold viruses, or is there some other explanation?
posted by Metroid Baby to health & fitness (13 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
YANAD, YANMD. I'm not concerned about this, but I am curious.
The day before I get a full-blown cold, I often get a hint that it's coming: there's a slight itchy/prickly/sore feeling in the back of my nasal passages and throat, and sometimes I'll have very faint, intermittent cold symptoms like an occasionally-runny nose, slight headache, fatigue, etc.
Sometimes, though, my symptoms don't progress past this stage, and after a day or two I'm back to normal. Recently, this has been happening to me more often than usual. I hadn't thought to keep track of it, so I'm not sure how long it's been going on or how frequently it's happened, but it seems like it's been once every couple of weeks for the past few months. (I started feeling this way on the way to work this morning, and my first thought was "again??")
I figured I've just caught and beat several colds, but this has been so common lately that I'm wondering if something else is going on.
I have no known environmental allergies, and it doesn't seem to be environmentally triggered. I usually get one or two colds a year, though I don't really keep track. I don't remember having a full-blown cold since last spring. Overall I am in good health.
Not sure if this is related, but in case it is: I do have a couple of lymph nodes on my neck that are about the size of peas. I had them checked out last fall - no other symptoms at the time - and my doctor wasn't alarmed. I don't know if they've stayed swollen since then or if they've gone down and then back up. For all I know my lymph nodes might have been like this for years. Since then I've had a complete checkup and everything is ok.
Could this be anything other than a series of brief run-ins with cold viruses? Is there anything I should be on the lookout for?