You’ve got that illness by a tiny, living organism without a well-defined nucleus. You think the illness is the common cold you are used to because your immune system gets absolutely depressed by the cold weather in town. Studies have shown that while different viruses work behind the scene, so to speak, to ensure a person is infected, the virus really responsible for a cold is the rhinovirus.
How does the virus get into the body, thus, infecting you so much so that you become very ill? This happens when the virus enters the body of the individual through different pathways. These pathways include the eyes, nose, or through your contact with droplets in the air spread by a virus. Research has helped us comprehend the extent through which the virus can also be shared— through the air when the person already infected by the virus sneezes or coughs.
While you may be thinking that the illness is ‘just a common cold’, there are signs you ought to look out for that show it’s not just a common cold. Really!? Of course, there are signs. In this article, I would irrevocably share with you what those signs are so that you can look out for them.
It is more than a Common Cold
You have High Fever
True, it’s possible to be diagnosed with fever when you’re battling a common cold. However, this issue is not common with a common cold— especially when the fever is said. This occurs when the temperature is 38-39°C or 101-102°F. This condition should make you call for your doctor.
Reoccurrence of Illness
You have recovered from the illness but to your surprise, it occurs often and often. This is a rebound illness or superinfection— a more serious infection which results when the immune system is weakened by a mild illness. It may be that the immune system is impotent to fight another invasive infection or the normal flora present in the body which helps the body from getting infected got shrugged off and other bacteria found their way in. It may also be that the body was exposed to another virus.
Severe headaches are also signs you should look out for when you think it’s ‘just a common cold’. When a headache doesn’t allow you to think clearly or concentrate on minor issues, then it’s best you see your doctor for a medical once-over. This may indicate that you’re battling meningitis— an inflammation of the membrane (meninges) surrounding your brain and spinal cord caused by a viral or bacterial infection.
Chest Pain and difficulty in Breathing
It’s well known that a cough is a normal symptom everybody feels whenever they have a common cold. But having a severe cough, difficulty in breathing or chest pain is another indication that you are infected not by the common cold. Go for a checkup as the condition could be a sign of pneumonia or bronchitis. Also, the chest pain you are experiencing could be a sign of pulmonary embolism— blockage of a blood clot in the lungs.
The Symptoms are localized
Another red flag that shows it’s more than a common cold is when your symptoms are in a particular area of the body, meaning you feel them in one area of the body. For example, if it’s a sinus infection, its symptom is usually headache; an ear infection will be felt in one part of the ear and a strep throat makes it difficult for you to swallow.
So if your symptoms are localized, then it’s more than a common cold.
All these signs are red flags that should make you call for a medical doctor quickly to know the type of treatment to be given.