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When to See a Doctor

  • The common cold is an acute viral infection of the upper respiratory tract that is highly contagious.
  • It is caused by more than 200 different viruses.
  • The common cold is usually spread by hand-to-hand contact with another cold sufferer or by shared objects such as utensils, towels, and telephones.
  • It is a self-limited condition that usually lasts 7-10 days and can be self-managed.
  • Poor nutrition, lack of rest, alcohol use, and smoking may inhibit the body’s ability to fight the common cold.
  • There are no medical cures or antibiotics to speed up the healing process.
  • The common cold, as with any other viral infection, does not improve with treatment by antibiotics.

The following symptoms may indicate a need to see a doctor:

  • Fever greater than 101º F
  • Severe sore throat
  • Ear pain
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Vomiting or abdominal pain
  • Difficulty breathing (worse than a stuffy nose)
  • Cough with green or brown phlegm
  • Have a history of asthma, heart problems, or lung problems
  • Cold symptoms not improved or becoming worse after 7-10 days

If you think you have any of the above symptoms, you may have a more serious infection.

You may benefit from a clinical evaluation at Student Health Services.

Please call 909-869-4000 for an appointment.

The following symptoms are best treated with common over-the-counter medications available at our Pharmacy:

  • Sore or scratchy throat
  • Nasal congestion
  • Fullness in ears
  • Cough producing clear phlegm
  • Fatigue
  • Headache

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, please visit our pharmacy for common over-the-counter medications to relieve your symptoms, and follow the instructions on our “Cold/Flu Self Care Clinic” page.