With the arrival of spring’s fluctuating weather and abrupt temperature and humidity changes often comes higher susceptibility to spring colds. While annoying for anyone, this can be especially tough for people with chronic illnesses. Read on to find out how to treat a cold and hopefully prevent it from transitioning into something worse.
Complications of the Common Cold with Chronic Illness
The common cold presents a variety of potential problems for folks with a chronic illness.
For those with asthma or COPD, it can trigger or exacerbate symptoms, while for those with multiple sclerosis, it can lead to a flare-up of other symptoms. Beyond that, any disruption to your wellness routine can trigger setbacks in managing your condition.
The most serious complication for those with a chronic illness, since they already have a compromised immune system, is developing viral pneumonia. For some forms, antiviral medications are available, but for others, there’s no treatment.
The good news is, there’s a vaccine available for those who might need it. Talk to your doctor about whether or not a pneumonia vaccine is right for you.
Symptoms of the Common Cold
If you have a chronic illness that makes you susceptible to complications of the common cold, call your doctor at the first sign of any of the following cold symptoms:
- headache, especially sinus
- fever 102 degrees or higher
- thick nasal discharge
- phlegm in your throat
- persistent cough
Proactive management and treatment of a cold may lessen the chance of complications.
How to Treat a Common Cold
Talk to your doctor to put together a specific plan for your own set of health concerns, but in general, the following methods can help manage cold symptoms:
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), though these should be avoided for some health conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, or those on blood thinners.
- Nasal sprays can be a good option to loosen mucus and relieve congestion.
- Increased fluid intake, while never a bad idea, can help your body fight the cold virus. Water is best, but herbal (caffeine-free) teas and juices can be decent options too.
- Rest is probably your number one weapon in the battle against the common cold. Make getting at least 8 hours of sleep a priority, and limit your activity levels.
Manage Your Health at Infusion Express
If IV medication is part of your chronic illness treatment program, know that you have options on where and when to receive your infusion.
Infusion Express makes it possible for you to get your treatment and engage in self-care with a spa-like environment and the comforts of home at any of our offices. You can receive your IV treatment while catching up on your favorite TV shows on our HDTVs, digging into the latest hit novel on our eReaders, or by simply hanging out with friends or family in your own private room. You can bring your laptop and work if you’re on a tight deadline at work, or you can even bring your spouse and call it a date! It’s the right care at the right place to get your health on track.
We’re invested in helping you live your best life, so we offer appointments during days, evenings and on Saturdays at any of our convenient locations. If you’re ready to experience the difference Infusion Express can make in your life, give us a call at any of our locations.