Your Cold Symptoms Might Not Be A Cold At All

As the colder weather approaches, so does cold and flu season. We all know the common symptoms of a cold: runny nose, headaches, coughing, sore throat, etc. For the most part, all you can do is drink a bunch of orange juice and try to get some rest.

But there are times when your cold symptoms are more than just a common cold. Usually, colds last no more than 10 days. See your doctor and trust your gut if you think you could be suffering from any of these possible illnesses.

A persistent cough is not unusual with a cold, but it could also be a sign of the following:

  • Allergies: you may be having a reaction to something in the air
  • Asthma: your asthma may be acting up due to weather conditions
  • Bronchitis: an infection may have found its way to your lungs, and will need antibiotics to treat it
  • Edema: your lungs could be retaining fluid, causing your cough
  • Lung Cancer: a more serious possibility, contact your doctor
  • Lymphoma: a type of cancer, most common in children.
  • Roundworms: a parasitic worm that can be found in both humans and dogs
  • Sleep Apnea: a disorder in which you take shallow breaths, or stop breathing all together, while sleeping
  • Tuberculosis: TB has a 50% death rate, and can affect your lungs as well as other organs. It’s extremely contagious.

A fever should always be monitored closely, especially in children. Keep an eye out for extreme temperatures. A fever could also be a sign of:

  • Appendicitis: if left untreated, an inflamed appendix can burst and cause serious health problems
  • Bronchitis
  • Cellulitis: a potentially fatal skin infection that can spread quickly.
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: it’s a complicated disorder that can’t really be explained by an underlying medical condition
  • Crohn’s Disease: a type of inflammatory bowel disease that can affect the digestive tract
  • Food Poisoning: it could be from anything as simple as expired food to under-cooked meat
  • Gout: one of the most painful forms of arthritis, caused by a build up of uric acid.
  • Hepatitis: a disease caused by infection, leading to the inflammation of your liver tissue
  • Influenza: more commonly known as the flu
  • Kidney Stones: a solid piece of calcium build up which ends up in the urinary tract, causing an extreme pain to the patient
  • Sinus Headache: when inflammation in your sinuses causes deep, throbbing pain in the top or back of your head.
  • Ulcerative Colitis: an inflammatory bowel disease that causes long-lasting inflammation and ulcers in your digestive tract
  • Urinary Tract Infection: an infection caused by microbes

Headaches are even more common than a cold, but one that persists for too long could be a sign of something more serious, such as:

  • Anemia: when your body is experiencing low iron.
  • Bone Cancer: CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR
  • Brain Cancer: CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR
  • Endocarditis: an infection of the inner lining of your heart chambers and heart valves
  • Fibromyalgia: widespread pain, along with fatigue, sleep, memory, and mood issues.
  • Food Poisoning
  • Glaucoma: a condition which causes damage to your optic nerve, and eventually causes blindness
  • Hypertension: also known as high blood pressure
  • Hypothyroidism: an underactive thyroid gland, which causes an unbalance in hormones in your body
  • Influenza
  • Lyme Disease: a disease caused mainly by ticks, which can cause facial paralysis and neurological disorders
  • Meningitis: inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord.
  • Mononucleosis: a contagious disease that causes inflammation of the spleen, also known as the “kissing disease”
  • Mumps: a contagious, viral disease that can lead to sterility in men
  • Stroke: occurs when the blood supply to your brain is interrupted or reduced
  • Tension Headache

But these are just some of the symptoms of a common cold. There are others as well.

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