The common cold will undoubtedly catch up to everyone at some point, bringing with it an incessant runny nose, cough and sore throat; the list could go on. But what happens when a cough and sore throat are trying to tell you that something more serious is wrong with your body?

You know your body better than anyone. If a cough and/or sore throat make you sense that something may be seriously wrong, visit an Aurora ER immediately.

When to go to the ER for a cough or sore throat – symptoms and situations

A cough or sore throat accompanied by any of the symptoms listed below indicates a more serious problem that should be treated at the nearest emergency room:

  • Inability to swallow
  • Significant swelling on one side of the throat, which may indicate an abscess of the tonsil
  • Muffled voice
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Inability to open mouth completely
  • High fever
  • Coughing up blood

A cough or sore throat will frequently engage the immune system, which helps to fend off bacteria and infection. If you already have an immune system that has been compromised due to the following conditions, seek ER treatment immediately:

  • Cancer
  • Existing severe illness or infection
  • Recent transplant (or on transplant medication)

Aurora ER care, close to home

The Medical Center of Aurora’s emergency room is fully staffed with board certified emergency physicians and certified emergency nurses, so your cough, sore throat or other emergency concern will receive the best care possible. With a commitment to beating the national average wait time, we ensure that patients seeking Aurora emergency room care are seen quickly. The Medical Center of Aurora houses a level II trauma center, stroke center and cardiac center of excellence.