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When should I call a doctor to treat a cold?

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Call your doctor if your cold symptoms last for more than a week, or if they get worse after about 5 days.

From: Why a Cold Makes Your Sinuses Throb WebMD Medical Reference

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CDC.

Simasek, M. , February 2007; vol 75: pp 515-520.  American Family Physician

Rabago, D. , November 2009; vol 80: pp 1117-1119.  American Family Physician

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. "Fact Sheet: Sinus Pain: Can Over-the-Counter Medications Help?"

American Academy of Family Physicians. "Sinusitis."

Merck Manual. "Sinusitis."

Cleveland Clinic. "Sinusitis." 

Ryan, M. , September 2010; vol 94: pp 881-890. Medical Clinics of North America

U.S. National Library of Medicine. "Oxymetazoline Nasal Spray." 

U.S. National Library of Medicine. "Phenylephrine."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 22, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC.

Simasek, M. , February 2007; vol 75: pp 515-520.  American Family Physician

Rabago, D. , November 2009; vol 80: pp 1117-1119.  American Family Physician

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. "Fact Sheet: Sinus Pain: Can Over-the-Counter Medications Help?"

American Academy of Family Physicians. "Sinusitis."

Merck Manual. "Sinusitis."

Cleveland Clinic. "Sinusitis." 

Ryan, M. , September 2010; vol 94: pp 881-890. Medical Clinics of North America

U.S. National Library of Medicine. "Oxymetazoline Nasal Spray." 

U.S. National Library of Medicine. "Phenylephrine."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 22, 2018

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