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How Worried Should You Be If You Catch a Chest Cold?

It’s strange how times change. The things that were once seen as usual health issues are now regarded as severe life-threatening problems, and much of this perspective shift has happened due to the Coronavirus crisis. So much so, that we’re even afraid to catch a cold these days!

Talking about catching a cold, are you aware of the difference between a chest cold and the flu? If not, sit back and read through this post. We’re sure you will find this especially informative.

After all, today, awareness is the first line of defense against illness, right?


Pexels | A chest cold is much like the flu, but the two aren’t exactly the same

So what is a chest cold?

A chest cold is a kind of common bronchitis caused by a virus or bacteria, though viruses are the real culprit in maximum cases. Also known as acute bronchitis, this disease occurs when there’s swelling in your lungs and mucus is produced. That’s when you get a cough. The condition usually affects the upper respiratory part and lasts less than a week.

Read – Spotting the Difference between Chest Cold & COVID-19

What are the symptoms of a chest cold?

Though chest cold symptoms are enough to make you feel sick and tired, they’re no match for the level of fatigue you experience due to the flu. As per the CDC, the following are among the common symptoms of acute bronchitis:

  • Cough (with or without mucus)
  • Chest soreness
  • Fatigue
  • Mild headache
  • Mild body aches
  • Sore throat

Flushing Hospital | Common symptoms of chest cold include consistent cough and chest soreness

When does it get serious?

The symptoms for a chest cold, COVID-19, and influenza are quite similar. The CDC points out that a cold is milder than the flu, and there will be no sign of fever in maximum cases. The best way you can determine whether it’s flu or a normal cold is a rapid test. But there are some symptoms in which you should immediately see a doctor.

  • More than 100.4° temperature
  • Cough with bloody mucus
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Symptoms lasting a week or more
  • Repeated episodes of bronchitis

How can you treat a chest cold?

Cory fisher of the Cleveland clinic, a family medicine specialist, states that there’s no cure for a chest cold. It will run its course and then vanish. The CDC adds that a nose, throat, or chest cold can’t be cured by antibiotics even if they’re caused by bacteria.

As per Dr. Fisher’s advice, in case of acute bronchitis, you should always listen to your body. If it’s a chest cold, you shouldn’t engage in an intense workout. Let your body rest for an elevated period. It would also help if you took extreme care when you go to your office or meet people because you might pass on your illness to others.

Read – Home Remedies for Mucus in the Chest

Preventive measures that you can take

As we step into the cold and flu season, Dr. Elliot advises keeping your mind alert on the do’s and don’ts to prevent acute bronchitis. You should wash our hands more often and get proper sleep. A body that gets enough sleep develops a robust immune system. Moreover, ensure that you maintain a safe distance from sick people and wear a mask always.


Healthline | If you catch a chest cold, take preventive measures like washing hands and wearing masks because it spreads with contact

To sum it up

This is a crucial time in the history of mankind. Every single one of us needs to put our health first. The situation may seem challenging for now, but know that it won’t last long.

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