Signs Your Cold Could Be More Serious Than You Think!

The common cold is caught 2 to 3 times per year, but how can you know if what you think is a cold is actually something worse?

The Doctors are joined by family physician Dr. Heather Hawthorne from Doctor On Demand to discuss signs of something possibly more serious.

Watch: Is It a Cold or the Flu?

Dr. Hawthorne tells plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon to be mindful of these types of issues when you have a cold:

  • A rebound illness or a double sickening episode is usually a sign of a super or secondary type of infection
  • Persistent fevers or high fevers that are over 102 degrees or fevers lasting longer than 3 days are concerning and could be a sign of a bacterial infection

She also says the common cold will usually last 5 to 6 days, but possibly longer if you are not taking care of yourself. If it goes on longer than 7 to 10 days, it’s best to see your doctor. “When in doubt, check it out,” she says.

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Get your cold and flu season questions answered by a doctor, plus many more health questions, on the Doctor On Demand website, here!

Doctor On Demand was created by The Doctors' executive producer, Jay McGraw.