There’s a valid reason why your doctor tells you to “drink lots of fluids” when you’re battling a cold or influenza. Sipping extra water, tea, and orange juice will keep you well hydrated, particularly if your flu has caused a fever, excessive perspiration, diarrhea, runny nose, or vomiting.
The body requires the extra fluids to replace those lost and in order to gain strength to recover. (Keep watch for these Top Signs of Dehydration).
A cold on top of dealing with a condition, like asthma, will take congestion and restricted breathing to dangerous levels. As the body aims to banish mucus from the body, it will encourage coughing, which in an asthma patient can result in an asthma attack.
If a cold or flu exacerbates your asthma symptoms (i.e., chest tightness, restricted breath, and dry cough), visit your doctor immediately.
An innocent cold that sets up shop in the chest can quickly turn into acute bronchitis. However, there’s nothing “cute” about this extreme viral or bacterial chest infection, which causes a thick yellow mucus, chest congestion, wet cough, rattled or labored breathing, and shortness of breath.
The unmistakable feeling of a sinus infection reveals itself as throbbing pressure and pain in the sinus cavities and upper teeth—all due to infection and inflammation of the mucus membranes in the sinuses.
Acute sinusitis is common when a cold lingers for more than a week to 10 days. It’s almost always accompanied by a telltale headache, sinus pain, tooth pain, nasal congestion, and a thick yellowish, green nasal discharge. See your doctor for treatment of a sinus infection.