Long cold, the cold that never goes away: when to worry and what to do

Has it happened to you in recent days or weeks to find yourself with annoying flu symptoms that don’t want to go away? It could be a case of “long cold”. An expression that refers to a form of influenza that is characterized by its particular duration. In these cold months it affects many Italians and it can last up to four weeks. An exhausting month, with relatively mild symptoms which, if persistent, make daily life difficult.

What is long cold

Talking about colds and “long cold” is not the same thing. Symptoms are generally mild and, in most cases, There is no excessive rise in body temperature. Not enough to trigger the fever alarm. What particularly characterizes and distinguishes this condition, however, is the duration of the state of malaise. This lasts for up to a month or so.

The definition comes from Kingdom United, where an in-depth study was conducted by Queen Mary University of London. The existence of this particular cold, which leaves the subject exhausted, precisely because of its excessive prolongation, was thus demonstrated. We’ll probably have to learn to live with it, because it just seems like alegacy of the Covid pandemic.

When you need to worry

Although there are no cases of fever, generally speaking, this state of health certainly does not leave one at peace. The question then arises whether there are any particular signals that could trigger the alarm. Simply put, when is it necessary to contact your GP?

The professor talked about it Roberto Tree to The Republic. The otolaryngologist from the University of Turin explained that, although it is difficult to perceive it, there is a clear cyclical nature of the symptoms: “You have the sensation that it never goes away but there is a clear improvement, followed by a worsening of the congestion , a runny nose and muffled senses. All due to less space for the passage of air in the nasal cavities, full of mucus”.

By searching for symptoms and diagnoses online, you can find anything, of course. The doctor, however, warns against certain easy alarmism. Cases in which this condition becomes chronic are very rare. Be careful instead of rhinosinusitis, which is a virus that triggers inflammation of the paranasal sinuses. In this case you may experience severe pain. A real stitch in correspondence with the closed breast.

“The best known is the one above the nose, in the lower part of the forehead, or around the eyes. However, it can also strike in the cheeks or jaw. In fact, you could confuse everything with a toothache.”

The treatment to follow

Finally, let’s move on to the most important aspect, for those who now find themselves dealing with the “long cold”. We need to arm ourselves with patience, even if this is certainly not the answer many expected. Lots of handkerchiefs, hot drinks and the usual set of recommendations that have always accompanied us. Doctor Albera recommends anti-inflammatories, in case you are particularly suffering: “They are also very effective decongestants”.

Having reached the second or third week, we are looking for relief, which can be given by spray. The bacterial load can also be reduced by washes nasals, which however do not act on the symptoms. If you go beyond two weeks without any kind of improvement, however, it would be appropriate to contact your doctor, perhaps starting an antibiotic treatment for a bacterial infection.