Is It a Cold

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Its not always easy to determine if you have a cold or some other illness such as a sinus infection. But knowing the difference helps treatment work quicker at ending your symptoms. Dr. Edward Hill discusses how to determine what youre dealing with in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Sometimes it can be difficult to determine whether a cold is just a cold or whether its something bacterial such as a sinus infection, bronchitis or pneumonia. These conditions can have similar symptoms, making it difficult to know what treatment is necessary.

Most colds are the result of viruses for which there is, unfortunately, no cure. Colds will usually run their course in otherwise healthy individuals if simply given enough time. Colds usually begin with symptoms such as sneezing, sore throat, runny nose or ear pain. The first line of therapies for colds is over-the-counter medication.

If your symptoms seem to resolve and then worsen again, or if your symptoms persist for longer than 10 days, you may be developing a bacterial infection, such as a sinus infection.

Fever that begins after seven to 10 days of symptoms can be a sign that you have something other than a simple viral infection. Contact your health care provider if you are concerned about the progression of your symptoms.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.