At What Point Should I See A Doctor If I Have Symptoms Of A Cold Or The Flu?

Dr. Brownfield answers the question: 'When Do I See A Doctor For A Cold, Flu?'

ByErica Brownfield, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
September 25, 2008, 9:54 AM

— -- Question: At what point should I see a doctor if I have symptoms of a cold or the flu?

Answer: So, three groups of people need to seek out medical attention if they develop a cold or the flu. The first group are those people with chronic health conditions such as asthma, emphysema, heart disease or diabetes, because their health conditions can be worsened by a cold or a flu. The second group of people who need to seek out medical attention are people who have alarm symptoms.

People who are confused, they're dizzy, they may have difficulty breathing, things like that. The last group of people who can seek medical attention are those who would like to get some relief from agents like Relenza or Tamiflu which can shorten the course of the flu.

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