When to Seek Treatment for CongestionMonday, July 15th, 2019, 4:44 pm
A summer cold can quickly turn ugly if it is prolonged. Although most congestion clears up on its own, there are some symptoms that could mean it is time to see a doctor for treatment. Whether you have sinus congestion or chest congestion, you should seek treatment if your symptoms last longer than 10 days. Here are some other reasons you should seek treatment for congestion.
For Sinus Congestion
Nasal congestion is usually a sign of a common cold or flu. Yet when symptoms become prolonged, they can lead to sinus infection and other complications that need treatment from a doctor to improve. If your symptoms are accompanied by a high fever, you should seek treatment right away as fever is a clear sign of infection and you may need antibiotics.
The color of your nasal discharge is also an indicator that you need to seek treatment from a doctor. If your nasal discharge is green or yellow, this is a clear sign of a bacterial sinus infection that needs additional treatment beyond home remedies. If you have blood in your nasal discharge, or if you have clear discharge after a head injury, you need to seek treatment immediately.
For Chest Congestion
Chest congestion is also a symptom of cold and flu, and it usually clears up on its own. Yet there are some times when you may need to seek treatment. Prolonged chest congestion can lead to bronchitis or pneumonia. If you have a high fever, chest pain, difficulty breathing, or you are coughing up blood or blood-tinged phlegm, you will need to seek treatment from a doctor.
If you have experienced nasal or chest congestion for more than 10 days, don’t wait for an appointment with your doctor. Come into our urgent care for diagnosis and treatment.