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.
Common Cold Prevention
The best way to stave off a common cold is to wash your hands. WebMD explains.
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.
How to Stop a Cold
Before your sniffles morph into a nasty sinus, chest, or ear infection, here's how to fight back.
Is It a Cold or the Flu?
Do you know the difference between a cold and the flu?
Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever? The Truth Behind Mom's Cold and Flu Advice
Mom has a lot of advice when it comes to cold and flu. Here's what she's right about.
Child Cold or Allergies? Recognizing the Symptoms of Each
WebMD helps you determine whether your child has a common cold or a case of allergies. Learn the symptoms and how to distinguish the two.
A Physician’s Experience Contracting COVID-19
Today’s guest on Coronavirus in Context, Dr. Sharon Amaya, wasn’t on the front lines when she began to experience the telltale signs of COVID-19, but she explains how her role as an emergency medicine physician informs how she approaches this virus, from quarantining early on to recovery.
Heart Disease and COVID-19
Today’s guest on Coronavirus in Context, Dr. Mitchell Elkind, speaks with WebMD Chief Medical Officer John Whyte on what people with heart disease need to know.
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