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Can a cold affect dementia?

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Maureen Nash
Psychiatry - Geriatric
3 doctors agree

In brief: Sort of

When someone with dementia has an acute illness it taxes what cognitive reserves they have.
So a cold will not change the course of the illness or the brain cell death involved but may worsen cognition or behavior problems .

In brief: Sort of

When someone with dementia has an acute illness it taxes what cognitive reserves they have.
So a cold will not change the course of the illness or the brain cell death involved but may worsen cognition or behavior problems .
Dr. Maureen Nash
Dr. Maureen Nash
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Dr. Alan Steinberg
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes...

Any changes in a persons underlying health can temporarily worsen the confusion or non cognitive sxs---incl a cold.
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In brief: Yes...

Any changes in a persons underlying health can temporarily worsen the confusion or non cognitive sxs---incl a cold.
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Dr. Alan Steinberg
Dr. Alan Steinberg
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Infection, dementia

In general, any infection that might cause even a low grade fever can worsen confusion or behaviors in patients with dementia.

In brief: Infection, dementia

In general, any infection that might cause even a low grade fever can worsen confusion or behaviors in patients with dementia.
Dr. Catherine Willner
Dr. Catherine Willner
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