What Causes Frequent Colds/Flus?
Frequent colds/flus can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'very serious'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose frequent colds/flus, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "frequent colds/flus" as a symptom. Here are seven possibilities:
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Food Allergies
- Selenium Need
- Weakened Immune System
- High Histamine
- Milk Allergy
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
slowed pulse rate
high iodine consumption
hair loss on lower legs
high refined white flour consumption
hypothyroidism in family members
allergy to chemicals
dark areas under eyes
major fatigue for 3-12 months
history of postpartum depression
low T3 free level
having had a small bowel resection
... and more than 140 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of frequent colds/flus:
|Weakened Immune System
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
In the Metabolic Symptoms
section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™
will ask the following question about frequent colds/flus:
In an average year, about how often do you get a cold or flu?
→ Rarely / once or twice / don't know
→ 2-3 times
→ More than 3 times
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate frequent colds/flus, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
Allergy to Cow's Milk
|"Symptoms of milk-protein allergy include cough, choking, gasping, nose colds, asthma, sneezing attacks..." [Annals of Allergy, 1951; 9]|Weakened Immune System
|Lowered immune function may result in an increase in acute illnesses such as colds and the flu, but over time it also may contribute to the development of chronic disease.|