Upper respiratory infection - viral; Cold
Cold symptoms usually occur within 2 or 3 days after you came in contact with the virus, although it could take up to a week. Symptoms mostly affect the nose.
The most common cold symptoms are:
Nasal congestion Runny nose
- Scratchy throat
Adults and older children with colds generally have a low fever or no fever. Young children often run a fever around 100-102°F.
Depending on which virus caused your cold, you may also have:
- Decreased appetite
Headache Muscle aches
- Postnasal drip
- Sore throat
Signs and tests