When I catch a cold, I usually just work through it, i.e. take no rest day and try to live by the same schedule as when I'm healthy.

I already read on WebMD that this behaviour can increase the duration of the cold and / or worsen the symptoms, but can I also experience any long-term damage, e.g. from the additional ~3 days of coughing?

And how about when the common cold symptoms mix with flu symptoms?

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    I would strongly recommend - in the interest of your co-workers, family and friends - to take a day off when you have a strong cold. I pull through with minor ones too (if you have no more than a running nose). But it is unethical to go to office and give your co-workers the cold. Furthermore, I myself can get really edgy if I'm sick.
    – Narusan
    Commented May 23, 2017 at 5:09

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Common colds are exactly that, common. Lots of people contract colds and there are no significant health repercussions. http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/coldsandflu/Pages/Coldcomfort.aspx However, if you have underlying medical conditions where your immune system is already compromised then a common cold can cause serious problems if left untreated. If you have a serious underlying health condition, your doctor will likely advise you of what action to take should you contract a cold.

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    Same as with the other answers: Since health is an important topic, the site has a strict policy that all answers should be backed up with reliable references in order to provide the community with the means to assess the merit of the answer, regardless of the reader's background. See this list of reliable sources. If you still have trouble with this, feel free to visit the help center.
    – Narusan
    Commented Jun 19, 2017 at 15:30
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    I am sorry for my lack of reliable reference. Perhaps this nhs.uk/Livewell/coldsandflu/Pages/Coldcomfort.aspx would help?
    – jj78
    Commented Jun 22, 2017 at 12:02
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    Currently, my vote is locked. If you edit your answer and include your reference, the system will allow me to reverse my vote and turn it into a +1, which you definitely deserve!
    – Narusan
    Commented Jun 22, 2017 at 13:42

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