Be aware of common cold in changing weather
Oh! Who doesn’t hate colds? One feels so miserable, so itchy, congested, and so tired all the time. Because of this, you have to miss work and go the see a doctor. And the doctor just tells you that it’s just a virus. It will get better on its own and there is no cure. No one seems to feel sorry for the person with a cold! It is because colds are just so common!
The common cold is a viral infection that affects your nose and throat (upper respiratory tract). Even though it is harmless, but one doesn’t feel good most of the times. As the weather is changing, anyone can catch this common cold. Many types of common viruses cause a common cold. Doctors at the Capitol Hospital are here to educate you on this topic for better treatment.
Children below the age of six are more prone to common cold. Well, this doesn’t rule out the healthy adults. They, too, can catch this infection once, twice or thrice in a year. The bad news is, you will get this common cold and you will feel awful and irritated. But the good news is, most people recover from a common cold in a week or 10 days. Symptoms and time may vary in people who smoke.
If your health didn’t improve see a doctor immediately for proper treatment.
Symptoms of common cold appear one to three days after a person is exposed to common cold viruses. They may vary from person to person. The common symptoms are as follow:
- Running or stuffy nose
- Sore throat
- Slight body aches or a mild headache
- Low-grade fever
- Generally feeling unwell (malaise)
If the discharge from your nose becomes thicker and yellow or green in colour; then it may be an indication of a bacterial infection.
Sometimes the situation gets worse in common cold too. There might come a point, you you need to see a doctor when any of the following signs appear:
- Fever greater than 101.3 F (38.5 C)
- Fever lasting five days or more
- Shortness of breath
- Severe sore throat, headache or sinus pain
- Fever of 100.4 F (38 C) in newborns up to 12 weeks
- Rising fever or fever lasting more than two days
- Symptoms that worsen or fail to improve
- Severe symptoms, such as a headache or a cough
- Ear pain
- Extreme fussiness
- Unusual drowsiness
- Lack of appetite