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When should you call a doctor about aches, pain, and fever?

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A cold usually goes away on its own. But call your doctor's office if you have a fever over 101 F, vomiting, pain in your face or head, a severe sore throat, or a cough that won't go away.

SOURCES:

Academy of American Family Physicians: "Colds and the Flu: Tips for Feeling Better," "Pain Relievers: Understanding Your Options."

FDA: "The Best Way to Take Your Over the Counter Pain Reliever? Seriously," "Information about Taking Ibuprofen and Aspirin Together."

Flu.gov: "Treatment."

Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Press release.

Rayssiguier, Y. December 2006. Magnesium Research,

Sanchez, A. , 1973. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

CDC: "Seasonal Influenza (Flu): Treat Fever."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Fever."

Rennard, B. 2001. Chest,

Moreno, M. , June 2009. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta – Biomembranes

Cleveland Clinic: "Acetaminophen vs. Ibuprofen: Which Works Better?"

Merry, A. January 2010. British Journal of Anesthesia,

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 13, 2019

SOURCES:

Academy of American Family Physicians: "Colds and the Flu: Tips for Feeling Better," "Pain Relievers: Understanding Your Options."

FDA: "The Best Way to Take Your Over the Counter Pain Reliever? Seriously," "Information about Taking Ibuprofen and Aspirin Together."

Flu.gov: "Treatment."

Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Press release.

Rayssiguier, Y. December 2006. Magnesium Research,

Sanchez, A. , 1973. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

CDC: "Seasonal Influenza (Flu): Treat Fever."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Fever."

Rennard, B. 2001. Chest,

Moreno, M. , June 2009. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta – Biomembranes

Cleveland Clinic: "Acetaminophen vs. Ibuprofen: Which Works Better?"

Merry, A. January 2010. British Journal of Anesthesia,

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 13, 2019

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