Common Cold Symptoms Directory
Signs of a cold may begin with a sore throat or nose, sneezing, runny nose, or a generally tired feeling. These symptoms happen 1-4 days after catching a cold virus. Symptoms may progress to a mild cough and a runnier nose and last for another 4-10 days. If symptoms worsen to include a fever, an increasingly sore throat, or earaches, it could mean you need more medical help. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about what causes common cold symptoms, what they look like, how to treat them, and much more.
Common Cold Overview
Sneezing, scratchy throat, runny nose — everyone knows the first signs of a cold. Learn more from WebMD about who, when, and why colds are so common.
Fact About Colds and Flu at Work
Colds and flu can spread at work. Find out how to protect yourself around the office.
Understanding Common Cold Symptoms
WebMD's guide to symptoms of the common cold.
Soothing Your Child’s Cold
WebMD explains how to ease your child's cold symptoms - and when to call the doctor.
Cold Relief: 6 Sleep Tips to Help You Breathe Easier
Cold and sleep experts around the country offer advice on how to breathe easier at night while you’re fighting off a cold. Their tips could ease your symptoms, help you sleep, and maybe even help you get well sooner.
Is It a Cold or the Flu?
Do you know the difference between a cold and the flu?
How to Stop a Cold
Before your sniffles morph into a nasty sinus, chest, or ear infection, here's how to fight back.
6 Tips to Help You Breathe Easier (and Sleep Better) When You’re Sick
Too stuffy to sleep? Try these tricks to breathe easier and sleep better when you’re sick.