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Can having a cold raise blood pressure?

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Old 02-17-2006, 06:07 AM   #1
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Can having a cold raise blood pressure?

Does anyone know if just having a cold could raise blood pressure? I know that a lot of cold medicines can do it, but I'm not taking any. Unfortunately I have not been checking it as regularly as I should. About a month ago was the last time and I had readings of 118-125/78-82 over a few days period. I am currently taking Tarka which has been working well. When I checked it yesterday evening/night I had readings of 136-150/87-94, then took the med, like normal, before bed and this morning checked to the same results. The only recent change is I started to get a cold within the last two days and the only other change over that month period is I started taking a regiment of vitamins.
Just wondering if anyone has any input that could help.

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Old 02-17-2006, 06:24 AM   #2
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Re: Can having a cold raise blood pressure?


When I'm having a flu I get higher blood pressure and higher heart rate. I really hate cold because of that.

Old 02-17-2006, 07:57 AM   #3
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Re: Can having a cold raise blood pressure?


Yes a cold or flu can slightly higher your blooed pressure. This is due to the fever a person may get or slight infection caused by the cold or flu.

Taking paracaetamol regular will help to reduce fever, therefore may help to reduce the blood pressure slightly. But!!! saying this, if it gets too high dont take chances, but go and see you doctor straight away.

I hope this helps

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Re: Can having a cold raise blood pressure?

For the record, fevers raise my bp, although not all that much. If the increase is not alarmingly large, I'd just wait for the cold or whatever to go away. Various medications taken for fevers can also raise bp. I'm also not sure why that should be a big deal if you don't take the medication very long.

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