Symptoms of Common Cold

There are more than 100 different viruses which can case common cold and due to large numbers of causative agents, common cold symptoms may vary to a great extent and we see great variation in common cold symptoms. The symptoms of common cold generally appear one to three days after exposure (generally due to coughing and sneezing of an infected person near you) to common cold viruses.

The symptoms of common cold include:

  • Runny nose, nasal congestion or nasal blockage.
  • Cough, sneezing
  • Itching in throat or sore throat
  • Low grade fever.
  • Mild body ache and headache and fatigue.
  • Watery eyes

The runny nose or secretion of nose may become thick, yellowish or greenish in color as the disease progress. The fever of common cold is generally of low grade and high fever is rarely seen and need to be investigated to find the cause other than common cold. Body ache and headache and fatigue is also milder type.

When to see a doctor for common cold?

If you are suffering from common cold, it is important to know when to consult your doctor, although in most cases consultation of doctor is not necessary. Sometimes you may have other infection along with common cold, which may need medical attention.

Adults should see a doctor for common cold, if they have following symptoms:

  • Fever of 103 degree Fahrenheit or more.
  • Swelling of glands
  • Fever with sweating, chills and a cough
  • Severe sinus pain

Seek medical attention for children if they have:

  • Fever of 103 degree Fahrenheit or more and for children below 2 years of age fever of 102 degree Fahrenheit or more and for infants below 1 year of age fever of 100 degree Fahrenheit or more.
  • Fever lasting more than three days.
  • If there is any sign of dehydration such as urinating less than 6 times in 24 hours.
  • If there are symptoms such as abdominal pain, severe headache, vomiting, stiff neck etc.
  • Persistent cough, ear ache, persistent crying, inadequate feeding, sleepiness etc should also prompt to seek medical attention for children.

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