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What are indications that I should call a doctor about a cold?

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Call your doctor about a cold if:

  • You notice an inability to swallow
  • You have a sore throat for more than two or three days, particularly if it seems to be worsening
  • You have an earache
  • You have a stiff neck or sensitivity to bright lights
  • You're pregnant or nursing
  • Your newborn or infant has cold symptoms
  • Your throat hurts and your temperature is 101 degrees F or higher
  • Your cold symptoms worsen after the third day; you may have a bacterial infection

SOURCES:

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Common Cold."

Palo Alto Medical Foundation: "The Common Cold."

University of Virginia Health System: "Upper Respiratory Infection (URI or Common Cold)."

National Jewish Medical and Research Center: "Getting Well When You Have a Cold or the Flu."

Medline Plus: "Common Cold."

FDA: "Colds and Flu: Time only Sure Cure."

American Lung Association: "A Survival Guide for Preventing and Treating Influenza and the Common Cold."

UpToDate.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on April 2, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Common Cold."

Palo Alto Medical Foundation: "The Common Cold."

University of Virginia Health System: "Upper Respiratory Infection (URI or Common Cold)."

National Jewish Medical and Research Center: "Getting Well When You Have a Cold or the Flu."

Medline Plus: "Common Cold."

FDA: "Colds and Flu: Time only Sure Cure."

American Lung Association: "A Survival Guide for Preventing and Treating Influenza and the Common Cold."

UpToDate.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on April 2, 2019

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