I smoked for most of my adult life. I managed to quit once before (for about 18 months) and now am on my fourth month of quitting again -- so far, so good except I seem to be getting more colds and sinus issues. I don't recall this happening last time I quit. [more inside]
posted by Lescha
on Nov 8, 2013 -
I am currently visiting in the upper east side of NYC and fighting off a cold that is going to ruin the rest of my time here. The one thing that almost always works for me is Echinaforce --the brand is A.Vogel. Places like gnc don't carry it. Mefites of New York, where can I buy Vogel's Echinaforce in your wonderful city?
posted by uans
on Oct 12, 2011 -
So, my 4year old can;t blow her nose. Any amount of explaining how to blow your nose does not seem to help her, though TBH I am not sure I am doing a good job as is it's difficult to describe it more than "just blow out through your nose". Is this something that can be taught? When do people usually figure it out?
posted by Artw
on Jun 10, 2011 -
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? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby
on Apr 1, 2011 -
What's the best cold medicine I can take that will prevent me from either falling asleep or wiping my nose throughout a two hour meeting? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama
on May 13, 2010 -
Are there differences in the symptoms of a common cold with age? Are cold symptoms worse in adults than children? [more inside]
posted by graventy
on Aug 28, 2009 -
I thought I had heard of a website that tracks current viruses, called What's Going Around or something similar. I'm finding tons of local tv stations with special pages for their community, but nothing that ties them all together into one website. Anyone know of a site like this?
posted by jragon
on Jul 21, 2009 -
A twist on the question "is it better to let a cold run its course or is it better to medicate?". There have already been AskMeFi threads to this regard but
I repeat the question because of something a doctor told me: if you dry up the runny nose/postnasal drainage, you prevent the mucus from going into your upper respiratory tract, thereby precluding the chest-clearing cough. Is this sound medicine? I've gone through four Kleenex just typing this question.
posted by the sobsister
on Oct 31, 2006 -
Round about this past April, I developed a nasty, hacking cough that hit only in the mornings. Can my icky, phlegmy self still have this same cold virus, months upon months later? [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias
on Sep 18, 2006 -
I have a question about colds. Why do folks get them when the weather gets colder? Don't germs and viruses and what not typically thrive in the heat? Do other illnesses thrive when it gets cold?
posted by zeoslap
on Dec 14, 2005 -
The silver lining to colds and flus has always been that at least my immune system is better for it, and I’ll be less likely to catch the next thing. However, I’ve caught 3 colds (or something- they were all different, and none were serious) this year and it’s only May! In the past I’ve caught maybe one thing a year.
Does your immune system stop improving as you get older? Why do old people get sick more easily? And how old are you when that starts?
And how possible IS it to reinfect yourself with the exact same virus or bacteria? Once you’ve had something, wouldn’t your immune system just whomp it the next time it came by?
posted by small_ruminant
on May 11, 2005 -
I catch colds with alarming frequency- five or six times a year. If I make any sort of contact with somebody else who is sick, I can expect to have what they have within a day or two. I'm 21, HIV negative (recently tested and long abstinent), a vegetarian with a healthy diet, I excercise frequently and I take vitamins. I'm also currently taking Lexapro for depression. My question is twofold: first, what's wrong with me? Doctors insist that I'm fine. Second, what can I do to keep from getting sick so often in the future?
posted by anonymous
on Feb 10, 2005 -
Tylenol? Contact? Advil? Who makes the best nighttime cold remedy? I haven't slept for three nights because of my running nose and cough. UGH!
posted by grumblebee
on Apr 28, 2004 -