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Recurrent cold, congested, stuffy nose and ears, headaches, lightheadedness, tiredness

Hi I ve had a cold off and on for about a month now. I am really congested and stuffy in my nose and ears. I get really bad headaches and light headed/ dizzy and can t stand for long. I m really tired all the time and not hungry so lost a lot of weight. Also my periods have been really late (5 to 10 days) but are usually regular.
Asked On : Sun, 24 Mar 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Jun 2015
Hello dear...

All these symptoms suggest that you might be suffering from upper respiratory tract infection.
Recurrence of the symptoms suggest that the causative agent has not been completely eradicated.
Tiredness, lack of apetite & loss of weight can be attributed to the chronicity of the illness.

There is a connecting tract (known as Eustachian tube) between the nasopharynx & middle ear through which infection can spread to ear.
Also obstruction to this Eustachian tube can lead to ear pain by un-equalisation of pressure between the nasopharynx & middle ear.

The management consists of:
1. Drinking of warm fluids to reduce throat pain
2. Antihistamines to provide symptomatic relief from cold.
3. Nasal decongestants to relieve obstruction.
4. Analgesics to take care of headache & fever(if any)

Investigation like complete blood count & X ray of paranasal sinus will be helpful in clinching the diagnosis. will be better to consult an ENT specialist for proper physical examination & further management.

Wishing you a speedy recovery.
Thanks & take care.
Answered: Mon, 25 Mar 2013
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