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When should you call your doctor about a cold?

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Call your doctor if your cold gets worse after the third day or you have:

  • An earache
  • Pain around your nose and eyes (sinuses) for more than a week
  • Fever above 102 degrees F. If your child is younger than 3 months and has a temperature of 100.4 degrees F or higher, call your doctor right away.
  • Fever that lasts more than a day in a child under 2, or more than 3 days in age 2 or older
  • Cough up mucus for more than a week
  • Shortness of breath
  • Symptoms that last longer than 2 weeks
  • Trouble swallowing
  • A bad sore throat with fever
  • Pain or pressure in your chest or belly
  • A stiff neck or sensitivity to bright lights

SOURCES: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Common Cold." Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety: "Common Cold." Palo Alto Medical Foundation: "The Common Cold." University of Virginia Health System: "Upper Respiratory Infection (URI or Common Cold)."



Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 29, 2018

SOURCES: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Common Cold." Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety: "Common Cold." Palo Alto Medical Foundation: "The Common Cold." University of Virginia Health System: "Upper Respiratory Infection (URI or Common Cold)."



Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 29, 2018

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