Can you still have a Colonoscopy with a cold?

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Hi, I meant to be having a colonoscopy next Wednesday and I have been waiting a while for it. Today I have noticed I am starting to get a cold with a sore throat and slight stuffy nose and feeling sick, although I feel sick everyday regardless. I really need this colonoscopy done as soon as, as I feel so unwell generally for reasons why I am having it done and I don’t want a cold to stop me as I’m having sedation. Will it still go ahead if I have a cold? 

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    Best to phone the facility where you are having the colonoscopy done and ask their advice. I've heard that some will continue with the procedure regardless, however others can be quite picky. I can't see it being a problem if it is only a cold, you'll usually be fully awake with the sedation so will be able to try and control any sneezing, coughing or runny nose to some extent. Either that or do everything you can to try and get over the worst of it by Wednesday, you still have 5 days to get over the worst, only issue would be having to go through the bowel prep while feeling run down and groggy with a cold, the prep isn't the best experience on a good day, but to have a cold during it too might make it a tougher experience to deal with.

    I hope that helps and hope you get the answers you need from your colonoscopy. All the best.

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    Hi, get yourself some "First Defense" nasal spray from the chemist, I think it's made by "Vicks". Use it a few times a day for 3/4 days & hopefully it will halt the progress of your cold. It has worked for me in the past but you need to start today. Good luck.

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