Any cold can also be masked by bronchitis, flu or even pneumonia. It is useful to know how you can distinguish whether it is just plain mucosal inflammation or something more.
1. A diseased body
The distinction between cold and flu is difficult. The cold is usually felt in the head and chest, but when your whole body hurts, it can be flu.
2. Burning throat
The cold is always accompanied by tickling in the throat, but when there is fever with swollen lymph nodes and burning in the sore throat, it can be a bacterial infection with streptococci.
3. A persistent cold
The cold peaks on the third and fourth days, between the fifth and the seventh day the symptoms, should be reduced, and on the tenth day, you should feel better. But if you still feel the same or even worse, it can mean something else
4. Constant cough
The annoying cough, which can last for five to six weeks, indicates that you may have bronchitis, pneumonia. Rest and hydration are required. Bronchitis is mostly viral so you will not need antibiotics.
5. Prolonged cold
Some people complain that they get cold for two or three months in winter. It is not a cold, but chronic bronchitis, which is the cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
6. Respiratory problems
Do you have asthma? A cold can cause an asthmatic attack. One of the signs that your breathing problems are related to asthma and not to the common cold are anti-asthma medicines that no longer work.
Are you colds multiple times?