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Does a mild cold persisting for 4 days cause weakness ?

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Last 24 hours I have felt weak and shaky, and hungry even after eating? Have also had a mild cold for 4 days? Are these related?
Posted Tue, 17 Apr 2012 in Infections
Answered by Dr. Pragnesh Vachharajani 41 minutes later

Thanks for the query.

yes, there are probabilities of the symptoms mentioned by you being related.

As mentioned by you suffering with mild cold for 4 days, there are chances of this being due to viral infection which will also lead to mild fever along with weakness.

In Viral fever the body immunity is reduced producing fever and weakness along with decrease in appetite. As our body tries to regain strength it requires more nutrition and thus you feel unsatisfied with the meals.

It would be better to consult a physician to know the cause of your cold and to treat if any secondary bacterial infection is present. Viral infection usually subsides within 5 days.

Meanwhile, you can follow these measures:
1.Consume lots of fluids like water and fruit juices
2.Consume high nutritious diet like XXXXXXX leafy vegetables, fruits
3.Avoid smoking and consumption of alcohol
4.Take proper rest.
5.Take steam inhalation or use a humidifier in the room
6.Take Tab PARACETAMOL along with any Anti Histaminics which are available over the counter after discussing with your doctor.

Hope this answers your query. In case of any doubts, I am available for follow ups.
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