Common Cold Checklist
When you have a cold, use this checklist to decide whether a visit to the doctor is necessary.
This checklist is for anyone over 2 years old who is in good general health. People with other health problems and children below age 2 may need to see a doctor even before these warning signs are present.
Always listen to your doctor if he or she gives you advice that is different from this checklist.
- Oral temperature above 103 degrees Fahrenheit (39.4 degrees Celsius).
- Bad pain in any of these places: chest, head, stomach, ears or glands in neck.
- Shortness of breath or wheezing.
- Sore throat that is getting worse and oral temperature above 101 degrees Fahrenheit (38.3 degrees Celsius) for 24 hours.
- Sore throat and oral temperature above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees Celsius) for two days.
- Oral temperature above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.8 degrees Celsius) for three days.
- Any of these signs that have lasted a full week: fever, sore throat or very runny nose.