how many, how often?
How many infections do you typically get during a year? Including sore throats/colds/etc., as well as more serious things. I seem to lurch from one to another, and I'm trying to work out whether I'm usual or not!
I tend to suffer in silence but since you ask...
This year I 've had 6 weeks or so of coughing, chest pain, sore throats etc between September and November. The workmate who I think "gave" it to me in September has just gone off sick again with a similar thing after apparently getting better.
This is the first serious cold/flu type illness I've had since October 2011, and that wasn't enough to stop me running a marathon. The last one before that was January 2011. I get the odd slightly sore throat or runny nose very occasionally.
Don't think I've had any ? (touches wood)
If i start to feel rough I'll not exercise and sleep long instead. Seems to work for me. Are you overdoing things ?
I might get a sore throat/cold non debilitating type of thing twice a year. Last time I would say I was actually ill was 4 years ago (swollen glands in throat, couldn't swallow or talk, no energy to function, lost about 7lbs in a week).
Im on immunosupresents for Crohns and with 2 kids at school bringing home all sorts from Oct - April last year I was on antibiotics 3 times and I dont take them lightly, I just cant beat everything on my own with these tablets and 4 colds.
Drives me nuts as I struggle to get any consistency in the winter with base miles etc and as a result enter the spring not as prepared as a I should.
In the last three months I've had a chest infection, two bouts of laryngitis, a cold, two dental infections, a UTI and now another sore throat thing started yesterday (complete with white pus on my tonsils). I'm lucky if I go a couple of months without something... I'm thinking this isn't normal!
Touch wood I am lucky, seem to be able to shrug off most things, even with a 9 year old son who brings stuff home!!!! Had a cold earlier in the year and I did stop running - mainly because I was due to race on the sunday - (didn't race as son wasn't well and neither was my wife and couldn't justify leaving them)
I had a cold a couple of weeks ago. I think that was the first one this year.
Not many this year (*touches wood*), I had a heavy cold about six weeks ago but managed to shake it off in a few days.
In 2009 I had swine flu (horrible, I was off work for about 2 weeks and could barely get out of bed for the first week) for the next 6-8 months I seemed to get every little sniffle that was going round the office, so I definitely think that if your immune system has been battered by a particularly nasty cold or flu virus it is easier to pick up subsequent infections.
At the start of winter I always get a bout of Pityriasis but it clears up after about four weeks. Generally managed to avoid flu but get colds and head colds like most.
I can't remember the last time I was ill.
You do seem to be having a bad run of it Sarah I agree with xine267 it does seem to follow that if your immune system is low bacuase of one thing you're more likely to pick up something else.It's a hard circle to break.
I always come down with a cold in autumn. Other than that *touches wood* I don't seem to get any infections. I can't remember the last time I had something other than my annual cold.
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I tend to suffer in silence but since you ask...
Usually 2 or 3 colds per year. Earlier this year I had the added bonus of a nasty bout of diarrhea.
Wikipedia reckons 2-5 colds per year is normal for an adult.
Sarah, yes, you're having more than normal. Don't think I've had any in the last 12-18 months...
mine always happens at christmas for some strange reason just the sniffles or man flu as some may call it
not looking forward to these next weeks!
funny really as i work outside (well in a open workshop) and dont get anything all year, always getting hands dirty and eating with them etc, nothing!
some say it happens when i wind down for christmas my body shuts down and the dreaded sniffles happens
I usually get a couple of colds with quite nasty chest infections every year. Bad enough to stop me running for a week or so but not bad enough to keep me off work. Just got over one now that lingered for over a month. Yuck! Apart from the twice yearly snuffling coughs I rarely get ill.
Getting my tonsils whipped out was the best thing I ever did. In my late teens I used to come down with tonsilitis every 6-8 weeks which was just bloody murder.
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