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April 20, 2017 |  written by IVX Health

Spring Cold Complications for Chronic Illness Patients

Complications of the Common Cold with Chronic Illness The common cold presents a variety of potential problems for folks with a chronic illness. Symptom Flare-Ups 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. Viral Pneumonia 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 earache 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.

Complications of the Common Cold with Chronic Illness

The common cold presents a variety of potential problems for folks with a chronic illness.

Symptom Flare-Ups

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.

Viral Pneumonia

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
  • earache
  • 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.

Treatment at IVX Health

If biologics like Remicade, Actemra or Orencia  are a part of your chronic illness treatment plan, then consider choosing IVX Health for your ongoing care needs. IVX Health makes it possible to receive your therapy in a comfortable, convenient, and private environment.

With a private suite for every patient, you can watch your favorite Netflix show or movie on the big screen TV in each room, use a laptop or other mobile device to surf the web, or simply hang out with family and friends. We always have chairs for guests, and each center has a family room that is spacious and private if you need to bring your kids to your treatment. We also offer flexible appointment scheduling – including evenings and Saturdays – at any of our convenient locations.

At IVX Health, we truly are invested in helping you live your best life. If you’re ready to experience a new kind of infusion clinic, click here to learn how to move your infusion or injection therapy to IVX Health.

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