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Posted on November 26, 2019

Luxor Nursing and Rehab at Mills Pond with 5 Signs That Your Cold Needs to Be Treated by a Doctor

Nearly everyone will be knocked down (at least once) for a few days with the common cold this winter. Most of the time, a few days of rest, over-the-counter medicine, and chicken soup will do the trick. Sometimes, however, the symptoms persist. This can be especially concerning for seniors, who can develop maladies like pneumonia from a lingering cold. 

So, Luxor Nursing and Rehab at Mills Pond would like to present five signs that your cold needs to be seen by a doctor.

  • Difficulty Breathing

Chest congestion is normal during a cold, but if you’re having difficulty breathing (or wheezing), an infection could be present and requires a doctor’s attention.

  • People with Compromised Immune Systems

Diabetics, smokers, cancer patients, and transplant recipients are just some of the people that need to see a doctor much quicker than the general population, as serious complications have a much higher chance of occurring.

  • Persistent Vomiting or Diarrhea

If you can’t keep fluids down, you are at a serious risk for dehydration. See a doctor to have your options evaluated and be prescribed any necessary medication.

  • People with Severe Allergies or Asthma

What can be dismissed as allergies or asthma could actually be a lingering viral infection that can turn into worse conditions like sinus infections. 

  • Symptoms That Won’t Go Away

The general rule of thumb is if you’re not getting better one full week after coming down with a cold, you should see a doctor. They will be able to tell if it’s a virus that will eventually work its way out of your system or if it’s something that requires medical intervention.

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