Common cold

  • Alternative Names

    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
    • Sneezing

    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:

    • Cough
    • Decreased appetite
    • Headache
    • Muscle aches
    • Postnasal drip
    • Sore throat

    Signs and tests