In most cases, the common cold does not require medical treatment. It is harmless and goes away on its own. Plenty of fluids and some over-the-counter medications are all that’s necessary to treat this common ailment. However, colds can turn bad. Secondary infections can occur, and these do require medical treatment.
But how do you know when your cold stops being harmless and transforms into something that requires a doctor’s care? Track your symptoms! If any of the following are true of your illness, you may want to make an appointment or go to urgent care.