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Common Complications from Cold & Flu


The typical cold or bout of influenza will cause a fever, chills, achy muscles, stiff neck and sneezing and coughing for roughly about a week.

However, if your symptoms linger or worsen for even longer—particularly if you’re pregnant, a child, elderly, or if your immune system is compromised from an existing condition (i.e., heart disease or HIV)—you may be prone to one of these eight common complications from cold or flu…

1. Ear Infection

Children, particularly young children, are prone to developing ear infections after a bout with cold or influenza. Typically, an ear infection is caused by the presence of streptococcus bacterium, which causes dull throbbing ear pain, discolored mucous and ear discharge, a low-grade fever, and disrupted sleeping and eating—symptoms that don’t tend to improve with antibiotics and require a follow up doctor’s visit.

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