When does a cold require a doctor's care?
Contact your doctor if you have any of the following:
- High fever
- Chest pain
- Greenish mucous
- Ear pain
- An asthma flare-up
- Symptoms lasting longer than 10 days or getting worse
You may also have a bacterial infection, which can be diagnosed and treated by your doctor. Children with colds should be watched closely, and a doctor should be contacted if children have a high fever, are wheezing, are not eating, are sleepier than usual, cry a lot, or have ear or stomach pain.