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What are the first signs of a cold?

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A cold usually begins with a sore throat and these other symptoms:

You usually don't get a fever with a cold. If you do, it may be a sign you've got the flu or an infection.

  • Runny nose (clear and watery)
  • Sneezing
  • Fatigue
  • Cough

SOURCES: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Common Cold." Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety: "Common Cold." Palo Alto Medical Foundation: "The Common Cold." University of Virginia Health System: "Upper Respiratory Infection (URI or Common Cold)."



Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 29, 2018

SOURCES: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Common Cold." Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety: "Common Cold." Palo Alto Medical Foundation: "The Common Cold." University of Virginia Health System: "Upper Respiratory Infection (URI or Common Cold)."



Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 29, 2018

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