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.
Causes of the Common Cold
Just what is causing your misery? Learn more about the hundreds of viruses that can cause the common cold.
Understanding Treatment of the Common Cold
Get tips about treating the common cold from the experts at WebMD.
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.
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.
Prescription Drugs for Heartburn and Reflux
WebMD explains the prescription drugs used to treat heartburn and acid reflux or GERD.
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