Chronic Bacterial Infections After Colds
Hello – I am new to this forum and seeking advice/help on figuring out what has been going on with my body for the last 8 years. Ever since I had my second child, I have developed bronchitis and/or walking pneumonia at least once or twice a year. I spent about 3 years of not getting referred out to a specialist and finally decided to take things into my own hands and find a new doctor outside the small town we lived in. That doctor referred me to an asthma and allergy clinic where I was diagnosed with asthma at the age of 33.
Since then, I've been on a daily inhaler called Symbicort taking two puffs twice a day, Albuterol as needed, Zyrtec once a day for allergies, Prednisone 1-3x a year when I get sick, and a wide variety of antibiotics. If I get a cold, it immediately turns into a bacterial infection. My doctors have done all the standard autoimmune disease tests and everything comes back okay.
I am an archaeologist, so perhaps I developed this in relation to my job. All I know is that I spend a good part of the year sick, and want to find a solution beyond taking more and more antibiotics. My doctor suggested that it might be a rare/undiagnosed autoimmune disease since everything goes right to my chest/walking pneumonia/bacterial infection.
Thanks in advance for the help and advice.