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Recurring Flu-Like Symptoms - Please Help!

Hello everyone,

My boyfriend has a wretched infection that he simply cannot shake. This has been going on for almost a year now. He has just finished yet another course of antibiotics and is still ill.

His symptoms are:-

Sore throat
Aching limbs
Runny nose

He feels as if he is coming down with flu.

He had a set of blood tests taken almost two weeks ago and they came back clear. His doctor is now suggesting that he sees a consultant, but that takes time.

He is 66 years old and generally pretty fit and active. Until recently he has been going out and walking up to, say, twenty miles in one day with no aches and pains next day. Now, he has this bug and can't get rid of it.

He is slightly overweight (but not obese), he drinks (red wine mostly) and smokes about fifteen or twenty cigarettes a day. He doesn't have any allergies that we are aware of, apart from mild hay-fever. Apart from this bug he is generally healthy and eats a well-balanced diet with plenty of vegetables.

Has anyone had anything similar? We are both very worried about him and would love to try to get the bottom of it.

Many thanks for your help.

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Recurrent sore throat is due to both bacterial and fungal causes. I am sharing with you views of some doctors on this, available online.

“Viral induced sore throat usually subsides in week with rest and plenty fluid intake. Bacterial infections (group A streptococci is the commonest) causing sore throat need to be treated with Antibiotics.

Infectious Mononucleosis is a type of virus EBV induced sore throat that lead to recurrent sore throat with swollen tonsils and Lymph nodes in addition to other specific symptoms and signs. Streptococcal pharyngitis and EBV infection are usually difficult to be differentiated.

If you suffer from recurring sore throats, it's also possible that your toothbrush needs to be changed as it may transmit the infection for you after you have recovered from your first attack.

Experts says that a sore throat that lasts for longer than a week is often caused by allergies, or exposure to humidity, smoking, irritation from heating and cooling systems. Repeated pharyngitis can also happen seasonally or all year long most commonly due to allergies and in this case usually the allergic individual wake up early in the morning with sore throat.

A sore throat that does not’t improve or repeated with a short period of time should be investigated properly. By complete history and proper examination your physician can evaluate the cause of this recurrent sore throat and recommend treatment.”—By Dr. Dr. Safaa Mahmoud

Sore throat can also be caused by “internal irritants from your own body such as:
post-nasal dripping
gastro-esophageal reflux
chronic dental sepsis

external irritants such as smoke or fumes in your workplace or home.” In your boy friend’s case it could be due to smoking.

“The treatment of this condition is aimed at eliminating causative internal or external irritants. If smoke and fumes are not a concern, ask your doctor to refer you to a dentist for exclusion of chronic dental sepsis and to a gastro-enterologist to exclude reflux disease.”—By Dr Anthony Solomon

However it is difficult to diagnose without examining. You may also need to take some blood tests X-rays, etc to reach a diagnosis. So please consult your doctor. Hope this helps. Please let me know if there is any thing else and keep me posted.

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