The pollution levels in most cities in the country are at an alarming level. It is early November, and this is when most cities in Nigeria start facing colder winds, beginning the winter season in full swing. Both of these factors can lead to respiratory problems, cold, cough and common flu.
Most people shake off a cold thinking it will get better as the air situation improves, or as the transition between seasons is over. They feel they are too busy to take measures to treat the cold, and often believe it will subside on its own. Even when it comes to treatment, they usually prefer using home remedies to treat the condition, and often take Over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. However, if the cold does not subside in a few days, even after trying home remedies and other treatment, it is better to take your condition seriously and seek medical help.
The most important reason as to why you need to take your cold seriously and work towards treating it is because by ignoring it, you may be just making the condition worse. Neelam Taneja-Uppal, MD, an infectious disease specialist in New York City, told Everyday Health that by not taking your condition seriously, you may be only making it worse. That will not only make you suffer more but will also take you way longer to recover than it would have if you had just nipped it in the bud.
Another reason that you should be taking your condition seriously is that you also put other people at an increased risk of the disease. When you go out in public spaces when you are sick and are doing nothing to treat it, you can spread the germs to other people, making them sick. When it comes to your health, you should not risk it. Seeking medical professional help for something as casual as a cold is recommended because, in your ignorance, you may end up doing more harm to your body than good.
The practise of using antibiotics to treat a common cold (which is actually caused due to a viral infection) is very common. Improper use of antibiotics can lead to antibiotic resistance, which is a serious and growing matter of concern for healthcare professionals around the world. Common cold, cough and flu, could also be symptoms of a more serious or even chronic disease like asthma, tuberculosis, etc. If your condition does not improve, and you do not see a change in the symptoms even after seeking treatment, it is important to consider them a sign and get yourself tested for the possible infections and diseases.