Not a “cold” .. Beware these symptoms!

Source: Arabic.Net – Jamal Nazi

The symptoms of a common cold are usually clear, including a stuffy nose, sneezing, etc., but the danger lies when the patient thinks that the symptoms he suffers from are just a cold while they can be flu symptoms or something more serious than that. WebMD reports these symptoms:


Chills and shivering occur when the degree of the body changes, but it is not a common sign of a common cold, but rather an early sign of severe fever, which is more common with influenza or pneumonia.


The body develops a fever when it tries to fight an illness or infection, but it rarely occurs due to the common cold.

Flu, bronchitis and pneumonia are the most common causes of fever.

Body aches

The patient may have mild aches in the body associated with a common cold, but more severe aches are usually a sign of influenza, because short-term muscle pain often occurs with fever.


When the patient’s breathing appears to beeping. And if it produces aziza, these are signs of a more serious infection such as pneumonia, or bronchitis, especially if it occurs when you lie down.

Wheezing may also be a sign of anaphylaxis, a severe allergic reaction to a food item or an insect bite.

Cough and mucus

Common symptoms of a common cold may be a mild and irritating cough, but if the patient coughs and spits mucus, it is usually a sign of bronchitis or pneumonia, especially if there is any blood in that mucus.


Feeling of fatigue and loss of appetite are typical symptoms of the flu, and they often don’t occur due to the common cold. It can also be a sign of pneumonia or sinusitis, which is common but is more dangerous than a cold.

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Sore throat

Mild inflammation is a common symptom of a common cold, and sometimes flu.

It must end once the cold or flu is cured. However, a very painful sore throat that comes quickly can be a sign of a sore throat, and this is a bacterial infection that must be treated with antibiotics.


Headaches can occur for many reasons, but colds are not usually one of them. It is a common symptom of the flu and can be a sign of sinus infection, and it can also be caused by hay fever or rhinitis.

Chest tightness or pain

It is one of the most serious symptoms of respiratory infection, such as bronchitis. It may also lead to chest tightness and difficulty breathing deeply. But be careful if the acute pain in the chest gets worse when coughing as it could be a sign of pneumonia, and chest tightness is a common symptom of asthma.

hard breathing

Colds can cause a severe stuffy nose, which makes breathing a little more difficult, but actual shortness of breath is a sign of something more serious. It is a common symptom of asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and it can be the product of serious infections, such as bronchitis or pneumonia.

Ear, face and eye pressure

If the patient feels pressure in his ears, it may mean that he has a sinus infection, which also causes pain and pressure around the eyes, cheeks, or forehead, and worsens when bending. If the patient feels the problem in one ear, this may be a symptom of otitis.

Symptoms persist for a long time

Flu symptoms may be bad, but they usually improve within a few days. The common cold can last for 10 days, but the symptoms of pneumonia can last for up to a month or more, and bronchitis can last for several months in some cases.

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