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*sniffle* I haven't been sick in 15 years!

What's the best way to respond to people who see colds and flu as moral failings? [more inside]
posted by galenka on Jan 4, 2014 - 33 answers

Not smoking anymore and more colds than usual?

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 - 14 answers

Natural cures for sinus pressure and headaches

What natural remedies work for sinus pressure and headaches? [more inside]
posted by mtphoto on Apr 16, 2012 - 23 answers

How do people manage to work with a bad cold?

How do people who have 'mission critical' jobs cope when they have a bad cold? [more inside]
posted by stenoboy on Jan 29, 2012 - 41 answers

Sneezeless in Manhattan

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 - 7 answers

Why is snot yellow? And where does it come from?

Why is snot yellow? And where does it come from? [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu on Sep 20, 2011 - 7 answers

Thrrrrrrrrt!

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 - 39 answers

Why am I getting sick so much this year?

Why am I getting sick so often this year? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on May 1, 2011 - 14 answers

I keep almost-getting colds. Or is it something else?

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 - 13 answers

Help me fake good health.

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 - 19 answers

Ddifferences between colds in adults and children

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 - 7 answers

What's Going Around?

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 - 4 answers

What's causing the yucky taste?

I have a cold, and my mouth tastes yucky. What specifically is happening? [more inside]
posted by Melismata on Jul 4, 2008 - 8 answers

What does having multiple colds without symptoms except fatigue mean?

What does having multiple colds without symptoms except fatigue mean? [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape on May 13, 2007 - 8 answers

To Dose Or Not To Dose?

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 - 12 answers

Can I possibly still have the same cold virus 5, 6 months later?

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 - 15 answers

What cases colds, exactly?

Does being cold/wet actually have any affect on the contraction of the common cold? [more inside]
posted by borkingchikapa on Aug 3, 2006 - 34 answers

'Health is not valued till sickness comes.' - Thomas Fuller

I need to strengthen my immune system. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Apr 14, 2006 - 25 answers

why do colds like the cold

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 - 21 answers

Your best sickness prevention methods:

Let's hear your method for preventing colds and other sicknesses! [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Dec 5, 2005 - 66 answers

How to evict a chest cold before it finishes moving in.

I love medical advice from strangers on the internet: favorite chest cold remedies. [more inside]
posted by Karmakaze on Jul 9, 2005 - 14 answers

How does the immune system work?

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 - 20 answers

Why do I get sick so often and what can I do to get sick less often?

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 - 41 answers

What's the best nighttime cold remedy?

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 - 17 answers

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