Advertisement

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

Continue Learning about Cold and Flu

What You Should Know About Urgent Care—and When to Use It
What You Should Know About Urgent Care—and When to Use It
It's Saturday afternoon and your son has come down with a fever. Or maybe your husband sprained his ankle on a jog. Your doctor's office is closed unt...
Read More
Why should I avoid touching my face if I want to prevent colds and flu?
Sampson M. Davis, MDSampson M. Davis, MD
You should avoid touching your face if you want to avoid cold and flu because the most common way ge...
More Answers
7 Cold and Flu Myths—Debunked
7 Cold and Flu Myths—Debunked7 Cold and Flu Myths—Debunked7 Cold and Flu Myths—Debunked7 Cold and Flu Myths—Debunked
Get the facts on the cold and flu and keep your family healthy this season.
Start Slideshow
Prevent Colds With Mushrooms
Prevent Colds With Mushrooms

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.