For those of you who like to sleep under the starry sky at night, you may find yourself dealing with a cold at any moment. However, it can be difficult to differentiate between a cold and something much more sinister, especially if the symptoms have remained the same since you became sick. If you’ve been dealing with a cold for far too long and are worried that you may have something worse, take a look at some of the signs:
- You’re Experiencing Body Aches and Fatigue
If your body feels achy, sore, and fatigued to the point that you find it difficult to get up, you are not dealing with the common cold. These symptoms point to flu. Although you shouldn’t be worried, you should get plenty of rest, fluids, and food. Sometimes, flu that isn’t watched carefully or taken care of properly can lead to something worse, such as pneumonia.
- Your Headaches are Getting Worse with Time
Headaches are usually nothing to worry about since they’re mostly caused by dehydration. However, headaches that are accompanied by other symptoms such as dizziness, pressure around the eyes or nose, neck stiffness, and fever should be looked at by a doctor. Headaches that make you dizzy or are experienced with neck stiffness and fever may be symptoms of meningitis, which can be life threatening if left untreated. Headaches that cause pressure in the facial region are often a sign of a sinus infection. While the latter may not be life threatening, it should still be examined and treated.
- You Have a Fever That Is Either Too High or Not Going Away
Having a high fever or even a low fever that seems to be present no matter how often you attempt to treat, is a problem. Although you can have a fever when you have a cold, fevers like the ones mentioned above often point to different illnesses. For example, a high fever could actually be a sign of strep throat or another illness that could seem like a cold or flu. A low fever that won’t seem to disappear could be a symptom of mono or flu. All fevers are something that you should have evaluated.
- You Recover For a Short Period and Then Get Sick Again
When you feel better after being sick and then feel sick again shortly after you have recovered, it could mean that your body developed a second illness while you were sick the first time. The secondary illness that you developed could be worse than the initial illness. If you feel worse than the first time that you were sick and you are concerned, visit a doctor to make sure that the secondary illness isn’t something that requires treatment or hospitalization.
- Your Cold is Taking Days to Clear Up
Colds are often short-lived, especially if you have been resting, drinking enough fluids, eating, and taking medications to lessen the severity of the symptoms. If your cold lasts for more than a couple of days, which means that all the symptoms that were present when the cold started are still present, you may have something worse. A persistent “cold” often means that you may have something worse such as the flu. Keep track of how you are feeling daily to ensure that you are not dealing with a different illness.
If you believe that you have something worse than the cold, you should visit your doctor immediately. It may end up being a cold anyway but it is better to be safe than sorry.