Colds, if left untreated, may lead to pneumonia

Common colds typically don't require medical attention. But a health expert warns, if left untreated, it may lead to more severe complications.
Date Posted: Aug 5, 2016

Common colds typically don't require medical attention. But a health expert warns, if left untreated, it may lead to more severe complications.

“‘Yung mga sipon na ‘yan na hindi nailalabas mabuti, pupunta ‘yan sa ating lalamunan. Simpleng sore throat at simpleng sipon lang pero maya-maya hinihika na pala,” Dr. Rey Salinel, an infectious disease expert, said.

Symptoms include itchy nose, watery eyes, sore throat, headache and sneezing. If any of these signs appear, Salinel says it's important to get medical assistance to avoid it from progressing to more severe complications such as bronchitis, sinusitis, asthma or worse, pneumonia.

To help you recover faster, Salinel advised eating nutritious food with vitamin C and getting enough rest. He says using a vapor rub with continuous 8-hour relief and applying it on the chest, throat and back will help relieve nasal congestion.

‘[Gumamit tayo ng] product that will give a long lasting effect of relief for 8 hours like mga cold rubs. Importante ito sa mga panahon na ang daming nagkakaroon ng sakit,” Salinel said.

If a cold persists for more than three days, it is advised to consult a doctor.

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