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Is it possible to test whether my immune system is over-reacting to cold stimuli? [closed]

I want to explore a hypothesis about my health: it is not the case that I get colds easily, rather it is the case that my immune system over-reacts very easily to cold stimuli. We know that most of ...
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Does isotretinoin increase your chance of colds and flus?

For brevity, I'll use URTI to refer to both colds and flus. Is this medically correct? My sister hasn't gotten a URTI in the past five years previously. But since starting Epuris in Sep. 2018, her ...
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How likely is the seasonal flu shot to protect you from a flu pandemics?

I've seen various sources (notably the government of Canada) saying it was "unlikely", but how unlikely? I'm asking because I wonder if prepping against flu pandemics would be a sufficient reason to ...
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Did the emergence of H1N1 flu in 2009 significantly increase overall spread of influenza in humans for future years?

According to the quick info on this search link: https://www.google.com/search?q=does+H1N1+flu+always+start+in+pigs&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b-1 H1N1 (swine) flu started with ...
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Do humidifiers help cure the flu?

According to this report, absolute humidity affects transmission and survival of the influenza virus with 90% accuracy. Lower humidity at winter promotes both the influenza virus transmission and its ...
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Should you warm up even to potentially dangerous levels with a flu or cold?

When waking up with a sore throat, stuffed nose and propensity to feel colder than normal, you can be unsure exactly what infectious vector caused it. Some people's normal modus operandi would be to ...
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Does a cold or flu typically affect resting heart rate?

Background I have had a Fitbit heart tracker for several months. Typically, it reports my resting heart rate around 60 bpm, with a standard deviation of 1-2 bpm. A month ago, I got some kind of ...
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Is the 2017-2018 flu vaccine a “good match” for circulating influenza viruses?

I've seen news stories (such as this one) claiming that the 2017-2018 flu vaccine is not a "good match" to circulating influenza viruses. However, the CDC states: Two hundred sixty-two influenza A(...
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How is the total calculated for influenza vaccination coverage calculated?

I found these data concerning influenza vaccination coverage in Italy. I don't understand how the total is calculated. It is not a simple media. For example, for the season 2016-2017 the data are as ...
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Is it advisable for a healthy male in his early 40s to take the influenza vaccine?

Influenza vaccines do not have satisfactory effective rates of preventing flu. Flu vaccination reduces the risk of flu illness by between 40% and 60% among the overall population during seasons when ...
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Do we lose resistance to the common cold over time, or are we infected by a different cold each time?

In Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond it says our resistance to the flu and common cold is only "temporary". However, I was under the impression that if we get a flu/cold we stay immune forever, ...
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Are toxins being released when one sweats during sickness?

I am getting over the flu that is prevalent in California right now. The last two nights, I have awakened with my t-shirt quite wet. It seems as if I'm sweating rather profusely from my chest to my ...
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How effective is Oseltamivir when given before symptoms of flu appear?

A day before someone gets symptoms of flu, it can already been detected that the person will get the flu, as the person is already contagious. The question is then whether antiviral medication like ...
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How is it possible for someone to suffer repeated bouts of flu?

About a month and a half ago I caught flu... recovered fairly quickly (2 days), and then 1 week later I caught another one, again, recovered even faster (just 1 day, a good night sleep) and a week ago ...
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Does being overly attentive to hygiene impair your immune system?

Like a lot of Japanese girls, I'm a bit obsessed with personal hygiene. Sometimes I get up 2AM to have a shower... after already having one before going to sleep, because something just doesn't feel "...
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Does efficacy of the flu vaccine change if received while sick with the common-cold?

If one’s immune system was dealing with fighting any common-cold virus infection, does that in any way change the efficacy of the flu vaccine received at that time? I don't know how efficient the ...
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Why are two influenza vaccinations required for people under a certain age?

According to the CDC, people under 8 who have never had the flu vaccine or flu should get 2 doses at least 28 days apart. The reason given is that "the first dose 'primes' the immune system," but as ...
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Type of Flu Shot for Person in Late 30s - Which Standard Dose Provides Most Protection?

Updated Question Of all the standard dose vaccines, which one is most strongest? Flu shot doesn't guarantee against flu, but it is a layer of defense. According to this link there is Afluria, ...
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Any irreversible damage from not treating common cold right

When I catch a cold, I usually just work through it, i.e. take no rest day and try to live by the same schedule as when I'm healthy. I already read on WebMD that this behaviour can increase the ...
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Should everyone take an annula flu vaccine?

Flu is a disease of all ages, with worst complications and risk of death in babies and the elderly, but people of all ages can get very sick or be hospitalized.
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Are influenza vaccinations the same worldwide?

Are influenza vaccinations a.k.a. flu shots the same worldwide? For example, if the patient gets a flu shot in South Korea in October, then spends the winter in the United States, would the protection ...
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Why does a tense arm worsen flu shot soreness?

Multiple nurses have told me that the key to a pain-free flu shot is to completely relax your arm. How would you explain what's going on at the cellular level when a tense muscle receives a shot and ...
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Why do we get weaker/fatigued during and after a fever?

I had fever (Influenza and body ache, I think) recently and I fast I was hit by weakness/fatigue. In a matter of hours, I started experiencing the following symptoms (most of which remained for a ...
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Is it possible to get a secondary infection following a flu shot

Can a flu shot entail a risk of secondary infection like a real flu? I just had my flu shot today and the resulting faux-flu is hitting me hard with fever, cough, aches, etc. I was wondering if the ...
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Difference between common cold and flu?

What are the differences between flus and colds? I don't know about English, but in Spanish they confuse it very often when using words gripe and resfriado. Maybe it's not the case in English, but I ...
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Do stomach flu has some benefits?

I recently had stomach flu. I think I feel even better than before having the stomach flu. Could gastroenteritis be beneficial for the organism and serve as a reset and a path to default wellness?
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Why does the flu only happen in winter?

I can understand that our immune system may be weaker when we are cold (?), but since these viruses live inside a human body which internal temperature is constant over the year, why does the season ...
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Yearly flu and cold got worse after Mononucleosis

A few years ago I had Mononucleosis. Since I thought it was a bad case of flu, it went untreated. But for several months, I had flu-like symptoms (fever, very runny nose and lot of mucus) every 4 ...
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What are the earliest symptoms that can tell you it's HPS (Hantavirus Pulmonary Disease) or Flu?

I am reading about Hantavirus and its symptoms (in general, i am reading about rat diseases), after watching several different sites i came up with a doubt i can't seem to solve. Some sites say that ...
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Should my kid get a flu shot if I'm coming down with something? [closed]

I've been putting off getting flu shots for myself and my toddler because I've been busy, and finding time has been difficult. Now I'm coming down with the flu. (Or a cold or something - you know how ...
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Protection against Flu - in 1957?

I came across a cartoon by Giles from the Daily Express of 28 August 1957. There was controversy about US Armed Forces being stationed in the UK at the height of the cold war. Giles, an acute observer ...
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Why would anyone choose a trivalent flu shot when there are thimerosal-free quadrivalent ones available?

My understanding is that quadrivalent flu shots are designed to build immunity to 4 flu virus strains, while trivalent flu shots are designed to build immunity to 3 flu virus strains. Is this ...
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Is it safe to get a flu shot when living with an elderly person?

I share a house with a healthy nonagenarian. I know the flu can be dangerous for people of advanced age, so I'm considering getting a flu shot this year. Is this a good idea? Are there any risks I ...
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What to do after being exposed to someone with the flu/cold

If I spent 45 minutes in a car with closed windows with someone that had a cold/flu, what would I have to do immediately after exiting the vehicle to reduce and if possible eliminate the chance of ...
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Best type of flu shot

This October I am going to new Doctor who is close to my home. Old Doctor passed away. I went to CDC website and it lists many type of flu shots http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/vaccine/vaccines.htm ...
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Does flu vaccine contain aluminium hydroxide adjuvant?

I know that some vaccines contain aluminium hydroxide as an adjuvant. Do common flu vaccines contain aluminium hydroxide too? If yes, are there flu vaccines without aluminium hydroxide?
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How effective was the 2014-2015 influenza vaccination?

I’m aware that the CDC released this abysmal report on the effectiveness of this year’s influenza vaccination, including data collected through Jan 30, 2015. In practical terms, this means the flu ...
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Can getting the flu shot make you sicker next year?

During college I faithfully got my flu vaccine every year. Shortly after I left college the US had a year with a bad flu vaccine shortage (2004). When discussing the shortage with my coworkers at ...