House Calls for a Cold

The common cold can leave you feeling congested, weak, and reaching for the tissue box for a week. The sooner you seek treatment for a cold, the faster you can get back on your feet and feeling your best.

What is a Cold?

A cold is a contagious virus that enters your body through your nose, eyes, or mouth. A cold is generally accompanied by congestion and respiratory symptoms. You can catch a cold from someone coughing or sneezing, touching an item followed by your eyes, nose or mouth, or by sharing utensils, food, or drink with someone who is contagious.

Symptoms of a Cold

house calls for a coldIn most cases, the symptoms of a cold occur gradually and can often be mistaken for allergies. As a result, some people don’t realize that they are sick until the full onset of symptoms.

You can be contagious with the common cold 1 – 2 days before symptoms appear and can potentially remain contagious for as long as you are sick.

The symptoms of a cold include:

  • Congestion: A common symptom of the cold, congestion occurs when your nasal passages become swollen and inflamed as part of your immune response. Congestion can cause sinus pressure and post-nasal drip that lead to headaches, sneezing, and coughing.
  • Sneezing and coughing: Sneezing and coughing are two symptoms that go hand in hand with congestion. Irritated sinus passages and post-nasal drip can lead to these inconvenient and uncomfortable symptoms.
  • Sore throat: A sore throat occurs when your vocal cords become inflamed and swollen. Sore throats can result from coughing or they can occur separately, such as in the case of a viral or bacterial infection.
  • Aches and pains: Body aches and pains can accompany colds as your immune response system releases virus-fighting chemicals into your bloodstream.
  • Weakness and fatigue: Because your body is exerting a lot of energy fighting off your illness, you may feel weak and fatigued while you are sick.
  • Fever: A very rare symptom of the cold, a fever signifies that your body is fighting off an infection.

Causes of the Common Cold

Colds are most commonly caused by the rhinovirus. This virus is transmitted through the air when you speak, cough, or sneeze. At this time, there is no known cure or vaccine for the cold. Rest and home care will help you feel better within a week.

When to See a Doctor for a Cold

house calls for a coldThe symptoms of colds can range from mild to severe. Most healthy individuals can recover from a cold within a week of developing symptoms.

In some cases, colds can lead to more severe conditions such as bronchitis, sinus infections, or pneumonia. It’s important to call Concierge MD for a cold if you notice the following symptoms:

  • You have a fever goes away and then returns
  • You have shortness of breath, difficulty or pain while breathing, or other pain in your chest
  • You have a fever combined with confusion or difficulty waking
  • You cannot keep any food or liquid down (this can lead to dehydration and further complications)
  • You have difficulty swallowing
  • Your headache and cough won’t go away after 2 – 3 weeks
  • Your mucus turns yellow, orange, or green (a sign of a sinus infection)

House Calls for Colds: The Concierge MD Difference

When you or someone in your family has a cold, you will no doubt want relief from symptoms quickly. Concierge MD brings the appointment directly to you, saving you the time and hassle of sitting in a clinic where you may be exposed to other illnesses. House calls for colds are ideal for families with young children, as this type of appointment creates a familiar and stress-free environment for your child’s appointment.

In addition to on-call appointments on your time and schedule, our members enjoy the benefits of telemedicine appointment between appointments, enabling them to follow up with any questions about medications, treatments, or symptoms. Having a direct line to our healthcare team ensures that you can always make the most informed decisions about your health.

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