(Closed) At what point do you go to the doctors for a cold?

posted 7 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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16217 posts
Honey Beekeeper

I usually avoid going to a doctor unless absolutely necessary, but I think it’d be worth seeing someone for your cough. Sometimes those coughs won’t go away without help from medicine—the same thing has happened to me! So annoying, I know!

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

A cough that won’t let up after 2 weeks strikes me as doctor-worthy.  That’s how I ended up with a very serious case of bronchitis.

I think it’s time to call the doc.

Post # 5
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652 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

If it lasts more than 2 weeks, I go in.  

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

2 weeks of coughing should warrant a docotor visit.

Any other symptoms?

I was coughing for weeks and couldnt’ figure out why, when I finally went to the doctor it turned out not to be a cold, or bronchitis, or anything like that. It turned out to be severe acid reflux that was irritating my layrnx.

This type of refulx can go undetected (as the symptos are cough, post nasal drip, etc) and can cause certain types of throat cancers as well as acid aspiration into the lungs.

I agree with you that a cold doesn’t need a doctor visit, but 2 weeks of coughing is something to check out.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I usually go if I feel it in my chest. But 2 weeks is a long time, you might consider going just to be safe!

Post # 9
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5496 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

I had bronchitis a few years ago that I didn’t do anything about (just thought it was a bad cold). By the time I saw the doctor (2-3 weeks from when symptoms started) I had pneumonia. That was NOT fun. Definately, see your doctor!

 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

Um, to be completely honest…I usually only go if it’s bad enough to call out of work so I can get a doctors note 🙂

I mean unless I literally feel like dying, which I’ve never really had. Only small occasional colds.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

There is no harm in going to the doctor, only potential benefit. Asking the opinion of a professional does not obligate you to any form of treatment—you could make clear your opinions on cold remedies so that he or she doesn’t think you are just fishing for antibiotics. I’d say if you are at the point that you’re asking about this on Weddingbee, it’s time to go to the doctor.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I only go if I’ve been sick for over 2 weeks. I woke up one morning with a severe headeache, awful cough & felt awful. After 2 weeks of coughing (& it was bad), I went to the dr & I had to get medicated cough syrup. I forget what I had, but I remember I wasn’t allowed to drive after I had the cough syrup so it was strong stuff in it!

My friend got a cold, it got worse & worse & she finally went to the dr after 3 weeks. She ended up with double bronchitis & missed a month of work & it was pretty serious. She had it so bad that the cough lasted another 2 months. She’s fine now!

I recommend to make an appointment with the dr now. It will just keep getting worse without treatment.

Post # 13
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1046 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

2-3 weeks is a good time frame to start seeking out the cause of a cough. I definitely wouldn’t recommend going at a point less than 2 weeks…your doctor is almost universally going to tell you to wait it out and come back if you don’t get better in another week or so. Even at 2 weeks, they are likely to tell you that you’ll get better on your own. I know it seems like a long time to have a cough, but that’s actually quite common!

 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think you’re on the border line of when it is ok to go to the doctor.  I’m a waiter.  As long as the cough is not interrupting my life, I’d go a long time before seeing a doctor.

I guess it depends on how persistent it is.  If it’s all day long with no stop, you could go to the doctor.  If it’s a bit in the morning and night, I’d probably wait longer.

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

@MandaMack:

 

Ohhhh,  I was afraid of that.  Hope you are staying in bed & taking care of yourself.  Bronchitis is miserable & can be very serious.  I remember it too well & it was 5 years ago!

Be sure to stay hydrated, lots of water.  

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