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Doctors can you tell me when should I go to the doctor if I have a cold?

Doctors can you tell me when should I go to the doctor if I have a cold?

Med tx: Get medical care for temperature >104, difficulty breathing, worsening symptoms or if symptoms are not resolving within about 10 days. If symptoms worsen you may have a complication ( i.e., pneumonia, bronchitis, sinusitis, or otitis media). ...Read more

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At what point should I go to a doctor if I have a cold with no fever (duration, severity, etc.)?

At what point should I go to a doctor if I have a cold with no fever (duration, severity, etc.)?

7-10 days: If you're having cough, runny nose, sore throat symptoms without a fever that is not improving at all after about a week, it'd be appropriate to see a physician. That's about the time cold symptoms should be improving. A note about fevers and colds/flu - fevers usually present at the beginning of an illness. When you get new fevers a week in, then that's abnormal and you should get seen. ...Read more

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Do you think I should go to the doctor for my cold or wait it out?

Do you think I should go to the doctor for my cold or wait it out?

Wait it out unless:: Get medical care for temperature >104, difficulty breathing, worsening symptoms or if symptoms are not resolving within about 10 days. If symptoms worsen you may have a complication ( i.e., pneumonia, bronchitis, sinusitis, or otitis media). ...Read more

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Wham should you go to the doctor if you have a cold?

Wham should you go to the doctor if you have a cold?

Depends: ... On what your symptoms are. Typical URI symptoms are runny nose, cough, sneezing, head fullness/headache, maybe body aches... And this is a viral infection. You need to get plenty of sleep, stop smoking (if needed), drink fluids like water or dilute juices, and try to avoid infecting others. Call your doc for persistent fever, trouble breathing, chest pain, dizziness, or severe headache. ...Read more

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Do you think I should go to the doctor for my cold sore?

Do you think I should go to the doctor for my cold sore?

That depends: If you desire laser treatment or other oral treatments than see your physician. Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) expedites healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by half. Studies also show that regular use can help v recurrences. Brief supplementation with lysine 1, 000mg orally three times a day at the onset, can also hasten healing. Your physician can prescribe oral valtrex (valacyclovir). ...Read more

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Ok, my son is almost 4. We generally don't go to the doctor for colds, stomach viruses, etc. Does he need to go before school?

Ok, my son is almost 4. We generally don't go to the doctor for colds, stomach viruses, etc. Does he need to go before school?

Required by many: In theory you could live like they did in the 17-1800's and never bother with checkups. In doing so you can miss treatable issues that may remain hidden until they are major.You can also miss simple issues like hearing and visiion problems that will impair school performance.Some schools require confirmation that your child is school ready,has required shots and is not carying contageous disease. ...Read more

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I got over a cold recently and now my lymph nodes are swollen and painful. should i go to the doctor? Can i die from this? Mono is going around??

I got over a cold recently and now my lymph nodes are swollen and painful. should i go to the doctor? Can i die from this? Mono is going around??

Lymph nodes: Swelling of lymph nodes is common with any infection. If they stay swollen then you should be evaluated and have some routine blood work done. ...Read more

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5 days into my cold my right ear became congested. How long should I wait until I go to the doctor? On day 7 with the cold and still congested.

5 days into my cold my right ear became congested. How long should I wait until I go to the doctor? On day 7 with the cold and still congested.

Watchful Waiting: Upper respiratory infections (aka colds) are caused by viruses. Symptoms: runny nose/congestion, sneezing, ear congestion & more. Typical duration is 2 wks. Ear congestion can persist 2-3 wks. If you are not having ear pain or unusual discomfort, can wait it out. Decongestant/cold remedies may help symtoms overall but not the ear congestion. See doctor if persists after 2 wks or if having ear pain ...Read more