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7 Signs that you have something more serious than a cold

7 Signs that you have something more serious than a cold

Who has never lived those typical symptoms of a cold and postponed going to the doctor in the hope that everything would be regularized with rest and hot drinks? But the problem is not always that simple. "Influenza, for example, unlike the cold, should not be seen as a common disease, as it can present complications such as pneumonia and result in hospitalization and, in more serious cases, death," says Gustavo Falbo Wandalsen, director of the Association

Thinking about this, see below some signs that may be associated with a problem more serious than a simple cold:

1. Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea

A simple cold is usually not accompanied by symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Therefore, it is worth special attention in these cases and the trip to the doctor. "If the virus is an enterovirus, that is, a virus that attacks the gastrointestinal tract, these symptoms may appear. This is the case with rotavirus, ecovirus," says otoneurologist Jeanne Oiticica, head of the Tinnitus Research Group at Hospital das Clínicas of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of São Paulo.

2. Fever for more than four days

Symptoms of a simple cold usually persist for up to seven days. "However, the persistence of respiratory symptoms for more than four days, especially if there is an associated fever, should be valued and medical evaluation important," says Gustavo.

Jeanne further explains that fever can be a sign of our body : "Fever that persists after four days is not usual with the flu and may indicate that the body is failing to defend itself and react as it should," he says. Have an improvement in symptoms and then get worse again

This can happen for a variety of reasons. One hypothesis, raised by Gustavo, is that "the worsening of symptoms after an apparent improvement may be associated with some complication of the cold." Jeanne points out that it may be some other problem that arose from the fragility of the immune system. "It may be a sign that the person got something else, when he had barely recovered from the previous one. It could be two different diseases, which started one after another, not necessarily the same thing," she says. When in doubt, seek help from a professional.

4. Chest pains and trouble breathing

Jeanne warns of these symptoms, which should never be neglected. "Pain in the chest (localized pain) and shortness of breath (dyspnoea) are always warning signs, regardless of when they occur." These symptoms always require immediate medical attention to rule out something more serious. 5. High fever

High fever is not usually a symptom of something simple and requires attention. "High fever is a sign of influenza, but also of several other infectious diseases such as dengue fever, which is not common in the cold." High fever is a warning sign and the doctor must be looked for, "says Gustavo. Headache

"Headache is a common symptom in influenza, but also in other diseases like sinusitis. This symptom should be evaluated in conjunction with the picture that the person presents and the correct diagnosis is important for the treatment" , emphasizes Gustavo. Therefore, be aware of the signs of your body and seek specialized help.

7. Localized pain

When you feel some localized pain, medical evaluation is imperative. "When there is an important localized symptom, such as persistent pain in the throat, it is important to rule out the possibility of some local infection (in this case, a possible tonsillitis)," says Gustavo.

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