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If I have a cold or flu, when should I call a doctor about my cough?

If you have a cold or flu, here are some tips for when to call a doctor about your cough:

  • Coughing that sounds like a seal barking and interferes with breathing
  • Coughing that starts suddenly and goes for an hour without stopping
  • Cough with wheezing (whistling sound when you breathe in or out)
  • Coughing with any difficulty breathing or with chest pain
  • Coughing that lasts longer than three weeks

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