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.
Understanding Treatment of the Common Cold
Get tips about treating the common cold from the experts at WebMD.
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.
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.
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.
The virus that causes COVID-19 is a new (novel) strain of coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. It causes mild flu-like symptoms, but severe cases can be fatal. Learn how to spot symptoms, prevent spreading of the disease, and find out what to do if you think you have it.
How COVID-19 Affects Children and Teenagers
Are children naturally immune to coronavirus? How much are they contributing to the spread? WebMD’s Chief Medical Officer, John Whyte, unpacks the evidence with pediatrician Alok Patel, from what factors may make children more resilient to what parents should know.
When to Visit the ER if You Show COVID-19 Symptoms
Should you rush to the ER if you think you have coronavirus? WebMD’s Chief Medical Officer, John Whyte, talks with emergency physician Corey Slovis about what symptoms call for a test, how to socially distance yourself from others at the hospital, and what to expect if you have a non-COVID-19 medical emergency.
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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