Symptoms of Common Cold

Common Cold

Source: NIH News in Health (NIH)1

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Coughs lasting 3 weeks or less are most often caused by a cold, but they might be a sign of more serious illness.

Source: NIH News in Health (NIH)2

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Sore throat and runny nose are usually the first signs of a cold, followed by coughing and sneezing.

Source: CDC Features3

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Symptoms usually include:

Source: CDC Features4

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Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of acute bronchitis include:

Most symptoms of acute bronchitis last for up to 2 weeks, but the cough can last up to 8 weeks in some people.

Source: CDC5

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Cold

Source: MedLinePlus Magazine (NIH)6

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At first, bronchitis usually affects your nose, sinuses and throat. Then it spreads to the airways leading to your lungs.

The symptoms of acute bronchitis may include:

Even after acute bronchitis has cleared, you may have a dry, nagging cough that lingers for up to 4 weeks.

At times it may be hard to know whether you have pneumonia or only bronchitis. If you have pneumonia, you are more likely to have a high fever and chills, feel sicker or feel short of breath.

Source: New Zealand Health7

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Symptoms

You usually start having cold symptoms 1-3 days after contact with a cold virus.

Symptoms may include:

Source: New Zealand Health8

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Cold symptoms come on gradually and can include:

The symptoms are the same in adults and children. Sometimes, symptoms last longer in children.

Source: NHS Choices UK9

Incubation Period of Common Cold

You usually start having cold symptoms 1-3 days after contact with a cold virus.

Source: New Zealand Health10

Symptoms

Read more about symptoms of related disorders:



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References

  1. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): newsinhealth.nih.gov/ issue/ oct2014/ feature2
  2. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): newsinhealth.nih.gov/ 2005/ October2005/ docs/ 02capsules.htm
  3. Source: CDC Features: cdc.gov/ features/ rhinoviruses/ 
  4. ibid.
  5. Source: CDC: cdc.gov/ getsmart/ community/ for-patients/ common-illnesses/ bronchitis.html
  6. Source: MedLinePlus Magazine (NIH): medlineplus.gov/ magazine/ issues/ spring15/ articles/ spring15pg26-27.html
  7. Source: New Zealand Health: health.govt.nz/ your-health/ conditions-and-treatments/ diseases-and-illnesses/ chest-infections-bronchitis
  8. Source: New Zealand Health: health.govt.nz/ your-health/ conditions-and-treatments/ diseases-and-illnesses/ colds
  9. Source: NHS Choices UK: nhs.uk/ conditions/ common-cold/ 
  10. Source: New Zealand Health: health.govt.nz/ your-health/ conditions-and-treatments/ diseases-and-illnesses/ colds

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