Common Cold Complications
Complications, though not particularly common, may give rise to more serious health conditions such as strep throat, bronchitis, and more.
Common cold complications mostly occur in young children, elderly patients, and individuals with a weakened immune system.
Asthma attack is the most common out of the four complications. It is commonly triggered by colds, especially for young children. A common cold may cause worsening of asthma symptoms in patients who already have asthma. These include aggravated wheezing or chest tightness.
Prevention of asthma complications associated with colds lies in knowing how to manage your asthma attacks and to seek professional medical assistance when symptoms flare up.
Acute sinusitis may occur in both adults and children if the patient has been affected by colds for quite some time. Prolonged common cold cases may eventually lead to the infection and inflammation of the sinuses.
Patients may watch out for acute sinusitis by closely monitoring the duration of their cold symptoms. If it persists for 10 days or more, you are at risk of having your sinuses infected. This can bring about a sore throat, taste and smell loss, ear discomfort, and other symptoms.
Acute ear infection
Acute ear infection, otherwise known as otitis media, happens when colds cause congestion behind the patient’s eardrums. This causes fluids to build up in that area. When this area of the ear is exposed to bacteria, ear infections almost always occur. Ear infections are more common in children than in other types of patients. They usually require medical attention once symptoms occur, including ear ache, nausea, and drainage around the ears. In cases of ear infection, immediate medical attention is required, especially for affected children.