Our team of medical experts are ready to help

Your questions answered


karen asked...

Over the last 13 weeks I have had 5 colds...

Over the last 13 weeks I have had 5 colds I don’t think it has been flu but, each time I am finding it more difficult to breath, would flu jab help or is it too late I have no other health/breathing issues.

  • mother-thermometer-doctor-at-hand

    Do you need to see a GP ASAP?

     

    Would you like to speak with a doctor by video or phone at a time that suits you?

    Our Doctor@Hand service, delivered by Doctor Care Anywhere, offers a doctor appointment by video or phone at a time that suits you.


The answer

Thank you for your question, we can see that you have been having a difficult time. Unfortunately the flu vaccine is unlikely to be helpful to you at this point, it is also not given to any one suffering from respiratory symptoms due to the risk of worsening any existing condition upper respiratory condition. However five colds in thirteen weeks does seem excessive to cope with, it is possible that you in fact have been dealing with the adenovirus which we have seen in a large proportion of communities over this past quarter, it is known for being more persistent and in common with other similar respiratory viruses it has the potential to appear to go and then to return causing the same symptoms to arise again. The only treatment for this is to rest where possible and use over the counter medication to treat the worst of the symptoms and ensure you are getting a good balance of vitamins particularly A C and E in your diet to support your immune system. In your case it is also possible that you have gone on to contract a secondary infection to the virus- this is known to occur in some people- and in these cases usually a short course of antibiotics is needed to get back to full health. Under the circumstances given the length of time this has been recurring it would be helpful for you to have a chat with your Gp. They will be able to take a full history, examine you and they might also take a blood test to check your inflammatory markers and white cell count for example as these can help identify if an infection is present, this will also guide any treatment they prescribe. If an infection is not thought to be present however and you continue to experience these symptoms you may like to think about asking for a referral to a specialist to ensure your immunity and respiratory systems do not have any underlying condition that may be contributing to your inability to get better. Although this is unlikely it is worth bearing in mind. First of all a chat with your Gp seems wise and may yield some treatment to help such as we’ve discussed and with rest and care you should then be on the road back to full health as quickly as possible.

We do hope this will be of use, and best of luck in getting this resolved.