Sometimes, especially during cold and flu season, it might seem like there’s always a sick person in your office. Unfortunately, you don’t have unlimited sick days.\nSo, how do you know when it’s time to call off work? It\u2019s important to weigh your options and determine what\u2019s best for both yourself and those you\u2019ll come in contact with during the day.\nFeeling under the weather? Get the care you need and call a UPMC primary care doctor near you.\n \r\n \r\n Learn why you should always have a Primary Care Provider \r\n \r\n Enter your email to subscribe\r\n \r\n \r\n\t \r\n \r\n Sign Up \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n \r\n I understand that by providing my email address, I agree to receive emails from UPMC. I understand that I may opt out of receiving such communications at any time.\r\n \r\n \r\n \n \n\u00a0\n \nThe Complete Guide to Taking a Sick Day\nThe first step when you wake up in the morning feeling not-so-pleasant is to evaluate your symptoms before calling off work.\nWhen to head to the office\nIf you’re experiencing one of the following, it’s probably OK to go to work and save your sick day for another time.\n\nRunny nose, stuffy nose, and\/or watery eyes to allergies\nCough due to a cold or allergies (unless accompanied by aching or fever)\nEarache\/ear infection\nMild to moderate headache\nMild common cold\n\nRELATED:\u00a0Is It a Cold, Strep Throat, or Tonsillitis?\nWhen to take a sick day\nHowever, if your symptoms worsen or if you experience any of the following, it’s a good idea to call in sick:\n\nFever\nCough that lasts for more than a week or is deep and makes you short of breath\nSinus pain, which may be a sinus infection\nMigraine headaches\nRedness and leakage in one or both eyes, which may be pink eye\n\nShould You Stay Home Sick? Key Questions to Ask Yourself\nWhen you have a limited number of sick days at work, it can be tempting to power through your illness. But there are a few other things you should consider before you decide to clock in:\n\nCan you carry out your duties well?\u00a0If you’re very sick, you may not be able to handle all your responsibilities and functions at work. If that’s the case, it may be best to stay home.\nWill you get better quicker if you take time to rest? \u00a0People who continue to work at their normal level when sick tend to see worsening symptoms. Resting always helps the body fight off illness and recover faster.\nWill your medicine impair your driving, thinking, and\/or working abilities?\u00a0If so, you’ll need to stay home from work.