How to diagnose a cold if you have symptoms: 1.

Get medical tests for your symptoms, like cough, sore throat, or runny nose.

2.

Get antibiotics if you think you have a cold.

3.

If you have any of these symptoms, see your doctor.

4.

If it’s flu season, you should see your allergist, who can help you identify the cold and get you a prescription for antibiotics.

5.

Call your doctor if you don’t feel well, or you’ve had a rash or flu-like illness.

6.

Call a doctor if your symptoms are worsening and you’re concerned you may have a new cold.

7.

Ask your doctor to look for any symptoms you might have or a change in symptoms.

8.

If a doctor suspects that you may be having a new or recurring cold, check for the following: a.

A cold sore or fever.

b.

A mild cough.

c.

Puffy nose.

d.

Muscle aches or tightness in the neck.

e.

Red or green eyes.

f.

Low blood pressure.

g.

A fever of 101 degrees or higher.

h.

Difficulty breathing.

i.

A sore throat.

j.

Muscle cramps or trouble breathing.

k.

Muscle pain.

l.

Fever or shortness of breath.

m.

Weakness or stiffness in the legs or arms.

n.

Dizziness or lightheadedness.

o.

Difficulty swallowing.

p.

Muscle weakness or pain in the joints.

q.

A cough that seems lightheaded.

r.

Trouble breathing or feeling faint.

s.

A slight or moderate swelling of the mouth, nose, or throat.

t.

A change in your skin color.

u.

A runny, runny or cloudy nose.

v.

Difficulty getting up from a sitting or lying down.

w.

A persistent sore throat or a hard or clammy feeling in the chest or stomach.

x.

A swollen lymph node.

y.

Difficulty urinating or defecating.

z.

Fever, low blood pressure or high fever.

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