What Can a Persistent Cold Be?

The cold is a viral infection of your nose and throat (upper respiratory tract), it is usually harmless. Most people will recover from a cold in 7 to 10 days. But in some other cases, people will have the cold for more than 10 days or have recurrence of a cold. Such situation is called persistent cold.

The symptoms of the persistent cold include:

  • Persistent runny or stuffy nose
  • Persistent cough
  • Congestion
  • Persistent fever
  • Headaches

The possible causes of the persistent cold include:

  • Weakened immune system
  • Smoking
  • Seasonal variation
  • Exposure to people who have cold.
  • Secondary infections of strep throat (streptococcal pharyngitis), pneumonia, and croup or bronchiolitis

It should be noticed that when you have fever greater than 101.3 F (38.5 C) (100.4 F (38 C) for newborns), and it lasts five days or more, you should consult your doctor for immediate treatments.

* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.