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Symptoms of a common cold typically seem one to three days after exposure to the cold-causing infection. -Runny or stuffy nose -Sore throat -Cough -Clog/ congestion -Sniffling -Discomfort -Fever -Shortness of breath The release from your nose may end up thicker and yellow or green during a common cold. However, this isn't a sign of a bacterial disease.

Symptoms commonly seen in children are

-Fever of 100.4 F (38 C) in babies as long as 12 weeks -Rising fever or fever enduring over two days in an offspring of all ages -Ear pain -Stuffy or runny nose -Sore throat -Headache -Joint pain -Fatigue -Lethargy -Congestion -Low grade fever


-Viruses -Sharing personal belongings -Airborne respiratory droplets -Close contact with someone who has cold

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Risk factors

These elements can build odds of getting a cold: -Age -Weakened immune system -Season -Smoking


There's no vaccine for the common cold, but you can take these precautions to slow the spread of cold infection. -Wash your hands. Clean hands completely and regularly with cleanser and water. If cleanser and water aren't accessible, use a liquor based hand sanitizer. -Clean stuff regularly. Clean kitchen and washroom with disinfectant, particularly when somebody in the family has a cold. Wash kids' toys as well. -Use tissues. Dispose used tissues immediately, & wash your hands cautiously. -Try not to share. Try not to share drinking glasses or utensils with other relatives. -Maintain a strategic distance to avoid close contact with any individual who has a cold. -Pick the kid's daycare carefully. Search for good cleanliness practices at daycare.


If your doctor suspects you have a bacterial infection or any other condition, he or she may order a chest X-ray or other tests to exclude other causes of your symptoms.


-Pain relievers -Decongestant nasal sprays -Cough syrups -Resting -Drinking plenty of fluids.


Coughing is a symptom. We can classify a cough by its duration (how long it lasts) and by other specific features: -Acute cough: Sudden onset and lasts up to 3 weeks. -Subacute cough: Lasts between 3-8 weeks. -Chronic cough: Lasts for more than 8 weeks. -Productive cough: Cough than brings up phlegm. -Dry cough: Cough that does not bring up phlegm. -Nocturnal cough: Cough that only happens at night. -Hemoptysis: Coughing blood