Misdiagnosis of Common Cold
Other Respiratory Diseases: Occasionally, the condition might actually be a different form of respiratory infection, rather than a common cold. Some of the possible candidate diseases to be considered in the differential diagnosis include:
- Pertussis (Whooping cough).
- Flu (Influenza)
- Allergic rhinitis
Read more about: Respiratory Infections.
Undiagnosed complications: It is important to correctly diagnose the complications of a common cold. Some of the common complications that can remain undiagnosed, or be diagnosed late, include:
- Middle Ear Infection
- Bacterial Infection
- Lung Infection
- Asthma Attacks. These can be triggered by a common cold.
Chronic Respiratory Conditions: If the main symptom is cough or similar respiratory symptoms, and it seems to last a long time or recur, it may be that you have a chronic respiratory condition, rather than an infectious common cold. Some of the possibilities include:
Read more about: Chronic Respiratory Diseases.
Related Misdiagnosis Articles
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- Whooping Cough Misdiagnosis
- Pharyngitis Misdiagnosis
- Tonsillitis Misdiagnosis
- Bronchitis Misdiagnosis
- Allergic Rhinitis Misdiagnosis
- Asthma Misdiagnosis
- Pneumonia Misdiagnosis
- Middle Ear Infection Misdiagnosis
- Sinusitis Misdiagnosis
- Allergies Misdiagnosis
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