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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    I have had a non stop cold for two months, why?

    I just moved to Sydney and have not stopped coughing/sneezing/generally feeling a bit on the icky side for the two months since I moved.

    I had a full blown actual bed-ridden cold over Easter but the runny nose and the cough haven't gone anywhere.

    My doctor calls it stress. I call it incredibly frustrating.

    Any potential reasons I'm still going through a pack of tissues a week?
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    Dr Nicholas Stow

    Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon

    Clinical Associate Professor Nicholas Stow completed his specialist training in NSW, then undertook 2 years of subspecialty training in Sinus and Nasal Surgery in Switzerland … View Profile

    The common cold is caused by one of several viruses, which inflame the lining of the nose and sinuses. While the symptoms of nasal blockage, runny nose and sneezing usually settle in less than 2 weeks, sometimes they last for several weeks. This may be because the sinuses have become secondarily infected by bacteria, causing sinusitis. Topical nasal treatments with saline washes, steroid sprays and antibiotics may be helpful.

    Allergy may also be playing a role, particularly if you have moved residential locations. The classic symptoms of hayfever can be similar to a common cold, but more prolonged. 

    I suggest you see your GP about your symptoms again and perhaps referral to an ENT Surgeon may be needed. 

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