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.
Causes of the Common Cold
Just what is causing your misery? Learn more about the hundreds of viruses that can cause the common cold.
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.
Common Cold Prevention
The best way to stave off a common cold is to wash your hands. WebMD explains.
5 Ways to Get Rid of a Stuffy Nose
Whether you have a cold or the flu, these simple, cheap, and easy tricks will help you feel less stuffy, fast.
How to Stop a Cold
Before your sniffles morph into a nasty sinus, chest, or ear infection, here's how to fight back.
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?
Prescription Drugs for Heartburn and Reflux
WebMD explains the prescription drugs used to treat heartburn and acid reflux or GERD.
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