10 Symptoms of a Head Cold

You do your best to stay healthy and germ free, but from time to time getting a head cold is simply unavoidable. Head colds can vary in severity, but no matter what, they always bring along with them a host of symptoms and side effects that are unpleasant and difficult to endure.

The cold virus can be easily picked up anywhere and from people who many not even realize that they are carrying (and spreading) it around. Hand washing is a great tool to combat the cold, as is eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Sometimes, despite your best efforts, a head cold may enter your home and leaving you feeling tired, achy and eager to be rid of the virus.

In most cases, head colds are harmless and don’t usually require a visit to your physician’s office. However, it is important to keep tabs on your symptoms to know when a visit to the doctor would be warranted. Head colds should not last more than a week and should not cause you to be sick in bed for days at a time. It is always important to get extra rest and take in more fluids than normal when suffering from a head cold.

1. Muscle Pain

Many times muscle pain can be the first sign that a head cold is brewing. Muscle aches and pains can arrive without warning and for no other apparent reason when they are a symptom of a cold virus. Often focusing on the extremities such as arms and legs, muscle pains can be felt anywhere throughout the body.

Over the counter pain relievers can be taken to bring some relief. Medications such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naproxen can help to relieve both pain and inflammation. It is important to take it easy when dealing with muscle aches from a head cold. Try and avoid intense exercise and allow your muscles the time they need to feel better.

Muscle pains may be relieved with the application or heat or cold. Soaking in an Epsom salt bath or doing a relaxing meditation can help to calm these pains. The good news is that muscle pains associated with a cold often do not last long and cause no lasting issues. Muscle pain should never get to the point of being severe when they are the symptom of a simple head cold. If the pain feels intense or does not diminish, it would be time to seek out the care of a physician for further treatment.