When to Call A Doctor
A small percentage of people who have a common cold develop bacterial infections of the middle ear, sinuses or lungs. If you develop high fevers, ear pain, a toothache, severe pain over your sinuses, wheezing or shortness of breath, you should see your physician to be sure that you don't have a more serious illness, such as pneumonia, bacterial sinusitis or a middle ear infection.
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