Internal Medicine of Greater New Haven
Internists located in Cheshire, CT & Guilford, CT
Combat cold symptoms, such as a sore throat, runny nose, and cough, early so they don’t turn into a long-term illness that keeps you out of work, school, and daily life. At Internal Medicine of Greater New Haven, the professional health care team diagnoses and treats common cold symptoms to help you find relief and get back on your feet quickly. If you live in Cheshire, Guilford, Hamden, Milford, North Haven, Meriden, Wallingford, West Haven, and Stratford, Connecticut, or the surrounding area and have a cold or persistent cough, call or book online to make an appointment.
Cough and Cold Q & A
What cold symptoms suggest I should see a doctor for a cold or a cough?
Common cold symptoms usually come on within one to three days of you being infected with the virus. It may present with symptoms, such as a sore throat, sneezing, fatigue, cough, and runny nose. These symptoms may last for up to seven days, and usually go away on their own. But, you should consider consulting Internal Medicine of Greater New Haven if:
- You run a fever of more than 102 degrees, or run a lower-grade fever for several days, which suggests the flu or a bacterial infection
- Your mucus turns thick and yellowish or green, suggesting a sinus infection
- You have asthma and the cold triggers an attack
- Your symptoms last longer than two weeks
- You have an earache and/or pain around your nose and eyes that lasts for several days
- You’re coughing up mucus
Also, contact the clinic if your symptoms seem to be getting worse, and if you have a severe sore throat with fever, which could indicate strep throat. Pain in your chest, belly, or sensitivity to bright lights suggests you have something more serious than just a cold, too.
How do I know if I have a cold or allergies?
Cold and allergy symptoms are often quite similar and easily mistaken for one another. If the symptoms come on suddenly and disappear within a week or two, it’s likely a cold. If the symptoms persist, however, for an entire season, it might be allergies. The team at Internal Medicine of Greater New Haven can help you find relief if you do have seasonal allergies or a respiratory reaction to dust or mold.
When is a cough a serious condition?
If you have a cough that brings up thick green or yellow phlegm or that’s accompanied by wheezing, you should make an appointment at Internal Medicine of Greater New Haven. A fever that’s higher than 101 degrees — with or without night sweats — is another indication that your cough may be turning into bronchitis or even pneumonia. If you cough up any blood, it could be a sign of a much more serious illness that needs immediate treatment.
If you have cold symptoms or a cough that’s not going away, consult the staff at Internal Medicine of Greater New Haven for relief. They can help relieve immediate symptoms and ensure you haven’t developed a more serious illness. Call today or book online.
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