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Kristina Duda, R.N.

So Much More Than a Cold

By December 11, 2007

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Cold and flu season is in full swing and chances are, you have had a cold by now. Typically colds last for about a week, maybe a week and a half. But if you are still having symptoms longer than that, you may have something else going on.

It's unlikely to be the flu, because the flu doesn't usually last any longer than a cold and the symptoms are typically just more severe than cold symptoms. So what could it be?

There are many possibilities, these are some of the most common.

There are other possibilities as well, colds can lead to all sorts of infections. Some may need treatment and others may not, but if your symptoms last for two weeks or more, it is probably best to see your healthcare provider to try and get a diagnosis.

April 9, 2011 at 11:46 pm
(1) Jacklyn says:

xHW2ZT Good point. I hadn’t thought about it quite that way. :)

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