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A cold is a viral infection that affects the nose, throat, sinuses, voice, airways and lungs.
The symptoms of a cold usually begin 2-3days after you become infected and can last for 2-14 days.
Sometime people refer to a bad cold as a flu. However, colds and flus are caused by different viruses. The symptoms of a cold can develop over a couple of days where as flu symptoms are much more sudden, developing in hours.
- Blocked / Runny Nose
- Sore Throat
- Pain when swallowing
- Mild Fever (37-38*C)
- Mild Earache
When to seek urgent medical advice
- Persistent Fever (temperature of 38*C)
- Sharp pain when breathing in
- Cough up blood stained mucus
- You are breathless at rest
- If other people notice you become confused or disorientated
- Your heart rate is faster than normal
- Viruses are the main cause
- Temporary inflammatory of the wind pipe and airways
- Thick mucus
Do I need antibiotics?
There is no cure for a cold. Antibiotics are of no help as they do not work against viruses. Sometimes a cold can lead to another bacterial infection e.g. Ear Infection / Sinusitis / Tonsillitis.
If this happens and continues for more than two weeks, you may need to see a doctor. However if you get chest pains or have difficulty breathing then you should seek urgent medical help.
What treatment should I take?
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Take paracetamol or ibuprofen if you have a high temperature
- Rest as much as possible
- Stop smoking
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