What can happen if colds or the flu worsen?

Colds or flu that worsen can lead to:

Complications triggered by the flu can lead to hospitalization, life-threatening situations, and even death.

When should I call my doctor?

Call if you experience any of the following:

  • Symptoms that last or get worse after 10 days
  • Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
  • High fever (greater than 102°F) for 3 or more days
  • Pain or pressure in your chest
  • Coughing up blood
  • Sudden dizziness or feeling faint
  • Severe vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Severe sinus pain
  • Swollen glands in neck or jaw

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