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.
When To See a Doctor for a Cold or Flu
Most colds and flu don't require a doctor's care. However, as WebMD explains, if you have any of these six symptoms, see your doctor.
Relief From Cold Aches and Pains
Got a stuffy cold that's making you hurt? Learn more from WebMD about what you can do to get relief from the aches and pains.
Cold Medicine for Adults: Treat Your Symptoms
Over-the-counter cold medicines won’t cure your cold, but they might make you more comfortable, so you can rest as it runs its course. Here's a look at some common products and what they can do for you.
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?
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.