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I’ve had a cold for two weeks. Do I need to schedule a doctor’s visit?
The “common cold” and sinus infections are common visits to the doctor during winter months. Most are viruses which last 10-14 days or more. Symptoms include fever, cough, congestion, facial pressure and sore throat. Antibiotics should not be taken for the common cold and most sinus infections.
Things you can do at home before seeing a provider include taking ibuprofen or Tylenol® three times daily; rest, drink fluids, and use nasal saline washes often. It’s time to see the doctor if you’ve had a fever of 101 degrees or more for at least 5 days, shortness of breath, decreased urination or sudden worsening symptoms.
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