Can serious respiratory infections evolve from a cold?

My daughter has a cold, and I was wondering if it could turn into the flu, pneumonia, or brohncitis, or anything like these. Or do these more serious respiratory infections start of as itself and not a cold. I just want to know cause I have read some horror stories lately about respiratory infections that became fatal and I'm all worried.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Yes... although most people with healthy immune systems kick the cold without problems. If she has asthma, or some kind of immune problem, then keep a closer eye. I find (as an asthmatic) that i'm more prone to mild upper respiratory infections after a cold. They clear up without antibiotics, though.

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes. I had a headcold that eventually turned into a sinus infection. I thought I could just ride it out and use some home remedies, but nothing helped. After about 2 weeks, my eyes became extremely puffy and I had a SEVERE headache. I knew I had to get antibiotics right away (as the doctor confirmed) because the infection was starting to spread.

    So, sometimes other infections can spawn from something as simple as a cold.

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