When should I call the doctor about a cough?

Call your doctor if:
  • your cough is not improving after a few weeks
  • you cough up blood
  • you have other symptoms with your cough that concern you
Call or go to the doctor or clinic for:
  • Any coughing in a baby less than 3 months old that affects sleeping or feeding
  • In a child under 3 years old, a cough that sounds like a seal barking
  • A cough that happens suddenly and doesn't stop for an hour or more
  • Wheezing (whistling sound when you breathe in or out)
  • Breathing quickly or trouble taking a deep breath
  • Losing weight for no reason
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Sweating at night
  • Chest pain when coughing
  • Coughing with a high fever or long-lasting fever
  • A cough that lasts for 2 weeks and isn't getting better

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