Cold: Symptoms and Appearances

What are typical symptoms of a cold?

It's clear: runny nose, cough, hoarseness. But the symptom picture of a cold is quite diverse and the degree of complaint may vary from case to case. Your child can but does not have to feel really sick.

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How long does a cold usually take? And what happens in the body?

Cold: in principle, the popular wisdom

  • Three days she comes, three days she stays, three days she goes.
  • Without a doctor takes a cold for a week, with a doctor seven days.

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What other diseases can "look" like a cold?

Common colds overlap with many other illnesses in their symptoms. On the one hand, this applies to nonspecific symptoms such as tiredness and headache. But also for the more or less typical common cold symptoms:

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What can it be, if the cold symptoms do not go back?

After a few days, which can sometimes take up to 2 weeks, the symptoms of a common cold in your child (and yourself too) should be gone. If this is not the case, if the symptoms get worse or if more are added (such as ear or headache, respiratory problems, or a renewed fever), it could be a complicated course in which the cold leads to a more severe illness.

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When can a cold become dangerous?

In most cases, colds in children (and adults) are fortunately without complications. But you can not be sure of that.

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Are whitish deposits on the tonsils normal for a cold?

No, if you look into the mouth of your chilled child and see whitish deposits on his almonds, this is an indication of bacterial tonsillitis. Or, to put it medically correctly, a tonsillitis.

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