Seek Professional Help If You Suffer From Cold and
If you are very young or very old and suffers from severe or persistent cold symptoms.
If feverishness develops in the very young or very elderly that does not improve after using self-help measures.
Congestion makes it hard for you to breathe, or your chest makes a whistling sound (a wheeze) when you breathe. You may have asthma.
You have previously suffered from rheumatic fever and develop a sore throat or throat infection.
Your newborn (two months or younger) has cold symptoms. For infants, the common cold can be a serious illness.
If earache appears as a complication in a young child.
Your throat hurts and your temperature is 101 deg F or higher; or your cold symptoms worsen after the third day. You may have a bacterial infection (such as strep throat), sinusitis, or bronchitis.
Your temperature is 103°F or higher. You may have pneumonia. Seek medical care immediately.
Your cold symptoms occur suddenly with exposure to certain triggers-such as pollen, cats, or perfume- and/or the symptoms continue for weeks. You probably have an allergy.
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