What symptoms of a cough are cause for concern (when should I call my doctor)?

You might get more specific directions from your healthcare provider if you, or your child, has a chronic disease, such as asthma. In general, call your healthcare provider if you have a cough that will not go away and these symptoms:

  • Wheezing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Phlegm (also called sputum), especially phlegm that is yellow, green, or bloody

If you have a cough and seem to be choking, cannot breathe well, or if you see a lot of blood, call 911 or go to an emergency room.

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