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Old 02-05-2004, 10:09 AM   #1
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Just how long IS a cold supposed to last anyway???

I have had a horrendous "cold" since January 5. That makes one full month. I have stayed home on occasion, but mostly been at work and doing normal things. I eat very well and get about 8 hours a night sleep.

This cold has gone from a very sore throat with swollen glands where I could barely speak, to massive sneezing, to a brief and light stomach flu with dizziness, to the stage it is now, sitting in my chest, where I hack up all kinds of unmentionables all day and no doubt my asthma makes it worse.

I fully lost my sense of taste and smell, and it is only now starting to get back, but I still blow my nose and wheeze/cough all day.

Is this normal? People keep telling me to go to the Dr. but I feel totally ridiculous going to the Dr. for a COLD!

Any advice, medical or otherwise would be helpful!
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Old 02-05-2004, 11:08 AM   #2
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It sound like more than a cold. Cold typically run 7-10 days.

Get to the doctor!
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Old 02-05-2004, 11:27 AM   #3
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When Should You Seek Medical Attention?

You need professional health care when you have:

- A fever over 101F that lasts more than 24 hours.

- A sore throat that is very severe or has lasted over 3 days.

- Tonsils that are enlarged or have white spots on them.

- Swollen glands.

- Chest pains, are short of breath, or have a wheezing cough.

- A cough lasting a week longer than the other cold symptoms.

- Greenish, yellowish, bloody sputum being coughed up.


- An earache.

- A severe headache or facial pain which is not relieved by aspirin substitute.

Seek medical attention at the onset of a cold if you have a history of rheumatic fever, asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema or any other chronic illness.

*scolds Jess in best nagging voice...GET YOURSELF TO THE DOCTOR!!!!
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Jess, I am going to say this the only way I know how:


GET YOUR ASS TO A DOCTOR NOW!!!!!!
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you need to go to a Dr. especially if you have asthma! I'm surprised you can even breathe if it's in your chest. You should always go to a Dr. if you have asthma and the cold last longer than a few days. It could turn into all sorts of unpleasant illnesses. I speak from experience. It's not pleasant at all.

Go at once!
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yeah, you should probably go to see the doctor about it.
colds suck!!!
ive had a cold on and off for a little while.
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Wow. Thanks for the feedback!

Even the Artistic Director thinks I should go to the Dr. So does my mom.

OK! OK! I am going tomorrow at 3pm.

(watch all the symptoms disappear tonight!)
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If the symptoms "disappear" tonight, still go to your appointment!
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^sound advice

it may be my imagination, but here in Australia, some of the flu's people have been getting take a loooong time to shake off. Someone just the other day reminded me how ill I was a year or two ago. It's easy to forget when you are feeling strong and well.

"watch all the symptoms disappear tonight!"
isn't that always the way?
I almost have doctor phobia ( if there is such a thing), but I went the other day**pats own back** I'm taking antibiotics now, as a last resort ( they don't work for a cold)
At least there is some good news, what's that old saying?
"feed a cold, starve a fever"? You have mentioned before how much you enjoy your food....eat lotsa veges, with garlic, chili and ginger and lemons....Always LEMONS!( lemon juice helps dry up mucus)
**cass gives jess a lollipop**
Get well soon.....preferably before February 14...k?
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What did I tell you a week ago!!!
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Mrs. Edge, I'm glad that you are going to see a doctor. Sounds like you have something more than a cold, so that's nothing to fool around with. Take care and I hope you get a good report.
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Jess, I'm glad you made an appointment to see a doctor. The worse that happens is that you saw your doctor for a cold! But if it is something more serious, you'll know, you'll get the right medication and you'll be feeling MUCH better by your Valentine's Day weekend!
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Originally posted by Diane L


you'll get the right medication and you'll be feeling MUCH better by your Valentine's Day weekend!



I was going to say "and you don't want to be stuck in bed over Valentine's weekend do you?"





but um...nevermind
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Might be more than a cold? I sometimes get influenza and/or a sinus infection that starts with a cold and sore throat. Both take at least a month for me to get over (the cold goes back and forth between my sinuses and lungs) which sucks b/c there's no meds you can take for those since they are viral. Last time, my mom sent me to the Dr. and he was more interested in the mole on my back.
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Oooh! Oooh! I have an Immunology degree! Pick me!

It takes about a week to clear a cold virus.

You may have a particularly resistant strain, or your immune system may be unable to fight it. Or, you may have a bacterial infection you are unable to fight (lots of times the really gooky green stuff you spit up is an indication of bacterial infections).

They don't really give out anti-virals often, but you might be in luck since you've been sick so long.
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