4 symptoms that warn you that what happens to you is not a simple cold (although it does not have to be coronavirus)

We are all alert for the most common symptoms of the coronavirus, from fever associated with coughing, choking and loss of smell. But what happens when the only thing we feel is that we are tired and the nose is completely blocked? Are we suffering from a lifelong cold or do we need to activate all the alarms? Our first recommendation is that if you feel bad, stay home to see how the disease evolves. And the second tip is that do not lose sight of the following list of symptoms: they can give you a clue as to whether what is happening to you is something more than a cold.


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Clue 1: you feel unwell for more than four days

The colds as they come, they go. And luckily they usually leave soon. The general feeling of discomfort, tiredness and a sore throat should disappear in four days (although the runny nose and cough may last longer). If after that time you do not feel better (although, we insist, continue to spend paper tissues in industrial quantities), it is possible that after your cold there is actually a fluEspecially if your muscles and bones ache like you've been beaten up. Colds are tiring, but the flu leaves you bedridden.

Clue 2: you have a high fever (or a low fever for several days)

Having a fever from a cold is not common, but it can happen that the thermometer reads a few tenths too much. What is not normal is that those tenths turn into a high fever (higher than 38 degrees if you measure it with the thermometer in your mouth). If the fever is also very high (over 40 degrees) and is accompanied by other symptoms, such as headache, stiff neck or tachycardia, you are sick but not cold, go to the doctor.

On the other hand, a low fever for more than three days is not a good sign either: diseases such as mononucleosis, much more serious than a cold, are characterized by lengthening periods of fever for days. The fact that the fever is low does not imply that an important infection is not hiding behind it.


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Clue 3: your stomach is upside down

When you have a cold, it is normal that you have no appetite, but other digestive problems such as nausea or diarrhea are no longer so common. If the bathroom has become your travel companion in this cold, it's time to see the doctor because surely you have caught the flu and need treatment to avoid dehydration.

Clue 4: it hurts in a very specific place

If you can't even swallow, you probably have a strep throat; if an ear hurts, or even your teeth, you have many ballots for otitis … Colds do not usually cause pain in specific places, the discomfort invades your whole body, but it does not make you think "ow!". If you notice a very localized pain, it is time to call the health center because you may need antibiotics.

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