Symptoms of Common Cold
Symptoms of the common cold usually begin two to three days after infection. They include:
- Sore throat.
- Running nose or Leaky nose.
- Sneezing and cough.
- Nasal congestion.
- Headache and body pain.
- Low grade fever (more likely in infants and young children).
- Green or yellow sputum or nasal secretions suggest a secondary bacterial infections of the middle ear or sinusitis requiring treatment with antibiotics. Cold symptoms can last from two to 14 days, but two-thirds of people recover in a week. If symptoms occur often or last much longer than two weeks, with high fever, significantly swollen glands, severe facial pain in the sinuses, and a cough that produces mucus, it indicates a complication or more serious illness requiring a doctor's attention.