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SYMPTOMS OF COMMON COLDS

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Symptoms of a cold usually peak within 2 to 3 days and can include:
-Sneezing
-Stuffy nose
-Runny nose
-Sore throat
-Coughing
-Mucus dripping down your throat (post-nasal drip)
-Watery eyes
-Fever (although most people with colds do not have fever)

When viruses that cause colds first infect the nose and air-filled pockets in the face (sinuses), the nose makes clear mucus. This helps wash the viruses from the nose and sinuses. After 2 or 3 days, mucus may change to a white, yellow, or green color. This is normal and does not mean you need an antibiotic.

Some symptoms, particularly runny nose, stuffy nose, and cough, can last for up to 10 to 14 days, but those symptoms should be improving during that time.

Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP)