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
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.