It is easy to think that what you are having is just a common cold, but sometimes the same symptoms of a normal cold could be signaling something more serious. You should learn the difference between a normal cold and something else that’s more serious. If you have the symptoms of cold and you suspect it may be something else then make sure to consult your doctor as soon as possible to get the needed medical attention.
You should be even more attentive to a normal cold if you have a chronic condition like autoimmune diseases, asthma, HIV, allergies, diabetes, kidney diseases or you are pregnant, under the age of 6 or over 65 years old. Cold affect this group of people differently and may evolve to something more serious.
Here are the indicating symptoms that its not just a common cold.
1- Your Symptoms Last More Than 4 Days.
With a command n cold the symptoms tend to clear away on their own within four day, it starts with a tickle in the throat, nasal congestion and runny nose then usually cough may develop after that.
While your runny Bose and cough may linger a bit longer than 4 days all the other symptoms should clear away within that time.
If your symptoms persist longer than 4 days check with your doctor if it is something more serious than cold.
2- If your Symptoms Reappear after They Have Gone Away.
If your symptoms seemed to go away then they reappeared back shortly after then you may be having a rebounding illness or a superinfection.
Initially you may have had just a normal cold that evolved into a stronger infection when your immune system was compromised.
pneumonia, sinus infections and strep throat could be developed from just a normal cold.
3- You Just Returned from an International Trip.
If you experience symptoms like cold that last longer than four day after coming back from an international trip you should see a doctor. You could have got a less conventional infection that doctors in your location won’t normally suspect.
4- You Have a High Fever.
You may experience a fever with a cold but it is not common especially a high fever, experiencing high fever of 101 F degrees or more at the beginning the cold may indicate a strep throat infection.
So be aware of sudden spikes in your temperature in the first few days of your illness and especially with strep throat infection, you really need to know how to distinguish it, if left untreated it could lead to rheumatic fever and cause serious heart problems.
5- Having Low-Grade Fever for Several Days.
Even if your fever is not high, low-grade fever that remain for several days could mean that your body is trying to fight an infection, therefore it is important to keep on checking it and get yourself examined even if your fever doesn’t feel super high.
6- You Have Stomach Problems.
If you have problems with your stomach like nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps and diarrhea while having a cold you should get the condition examined.
Stomach problems when accompanied with cold could signal flu, thus it is important not to ignore the situation.
7- You are Having Troubles Breathing and Chest Pain.
Even though you mat experience cough with cold, you shouldn’t be experiencing shortness of breath, chest pain or wheezing.
These symptoms shouldn’t be ignored as they could be a sign for pneumonia or bronchitis.
Chest pain and tightness of breath could be a sign for pulmonary embolism (a blockage of blood clot in the lungs).