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The coronavirus has brought the world to its knees. With over 6 million people believed to have contracted the virus, both the people and the governments that serve them have had a difficult time trying to resolve the seemingly insurmountable problem it has caused our societies.
Covid-19 has also made people more paranoid about our health in regard to illnesses. if someone just sneezes, people around them are quick to take out their disinfectant spray and wipes.
The Coronavirus has symptoms that are all over which makes it the hardest to find a solution for; it shares several symptoms with colds. But when should you go to the doctor for a cold?
Here are some symptoms of a cold and when to go to the doctor for them. The coronavirus is dangerous and confusing. If you have a cold, knowing the difference is what can help.
Early Signs of a Cold
The common cold virus can enter the body through the mouth, eyes, and nose when someone else who is infected coughs or sneezes as well as through cross-contamination via touching mutually used objects.
When you catch a cold, the first signs that you are sick include:
- Runny nose or congestion
- Sore throat
- body aches and headaches
- Slight fever
- that miserable feeling
Nobody likes these symptoms, but as the cold runs its course the mucous can be yellow or green and become thicker.
When should You Go To The Doctor For a Cold?
There are some times where the cold can become more serious, and if these things happen you should visit your doctor immediately.
How high of a temperature is too high? In adults it depends; some say that if the fever rises about 102 degrees Fahrenheit then this is cause for a doctor visit. However, the CDC has stated if the fever seems to get better rather then takes a turn for the worse, this is when you should see your doctor.
In children, a fever of over 100 degrees is considered serious.
Coughing is another major sign. If the cough is persistent and gets worse, interferes with breathing, or brings up excessive/abnormal phlegm then you should consult your doctor.
But if you experience any of these other symptoms then it is recommended that you seek urgent care:
- Difficulty breathing
- Bloody mucus
- Shortness of breath
- Persistent pressure in your chest
- Severe weakness
- Persistent dizziness or confusion
Of course, with every cold comes a headache due to congestion of the nasal passages. However, there is a secondary infection called encephalitis that can cause inflammation in the brain. Encephalitis can cause:
- Severe headaches
- High fever
- Light sensitivity
- Extreme drowsiness
- Loss of coordination
If any of these persist, see your doctor immediately.
Be Safe, See Your Doctor
It is easy to get these symptoms confused with that of other viruses, such as Covid-19. However, do not make yourself sicker convincing yourself of what is not there.
A cold can usually run its course in 7 to 10 days, so let your body do its job! When should you go to the doctor for a cold? Unless you are experiencing these symptoms, let your doctor handle the more serious of the two. The community will thank them, and thank you.
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