This man from the US was faced with a horror scenario when his 'harmless runny nose' turned out to be a life-threatening problem.
It's definitely not uncommon to catch a cold—especially in the fall and winter months of the year. But for a man from the US, his 'harmless cold—' which lasted five years—turned out to be a real horrible diagnosis, as ABC11 reports.
Five years and no definitive diagnosis
Greg Phillpotts, from New York, has been struggling with an annoying cold for five years. However, what the American considers to be a by-product of his allergies has a completely different origin. After consulting several doctors eliminating allergies as the cause, Phillpotts went to the hospital when he could barely breathe and couldn't sleep.
From 'permanent cold' to even worse
The man finally received a diagnosis from Dr. Alfred Iloreta from Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. He said his 'cold' was actually cerebral fluid that kept popping out of his nose! The physician explains that the leakage of cerebral fluid is the first warning sign of an ascending infection. It's now easy for bacteria to penetrate the brain from the nose and trigger a potentially life-threatening meningitis.
Check out the video to see how things worked out (or didn't?) for Greg Phillpotts!