Table of Contents
- Common cold facts
- What is the common cold, and what causes it?
- How is the common cold transmitted?
- What are risk factors for acquiring the common cold?
- What are the symptoms and signs of the common cold in adults, children, and infants? What is the incubation period of the common cold?
- Does it have anything to do with exposure to cold weather?
- What is the difference between the common cold and influenza (the flu)?
- What types of doctors treat the common cold?
- How do physicians diagnose the common cold?
- What is the treatment for the common cold? Are there any home remedies for the common cold?
- Are antibiotics a suitable treatment for the common cold?
- When should someone consult a health-care professional?
- What is the prognosis for the common cold? What is the duration of the common cold?
- What are complications of the common cold?
- Is it possible to prevent the common cold?
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What are the symptoms and signs of the common cold in adults, children, and infants? What is the incubation period of the common cold?
The symptoms of the common cold typically begin two to three days after acquiring the infection (incubation period), though this may vary depending on the type of virus causing the infection. Individuals also tend to be most contagious during the first two to three days of having symptoms. Symptoms and signs of the common cold may also vary depending on the virus responsible for the infection and may include
- nasal stuffiness or drainage,
- sore or scratchy throat,
- watery eyes,
- low-grade fever,
- body aches,
- loss of appetite, and
The signs and symptoms of the common cold in infants and children are similar to those seen in adults. The cold may begin with a runny nose with clear nasal discharge, which later may become yellowish or greenish in color. Infants and children may also become more fussy and have decreased appetite. Continue Reading
United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Common Cold and Runny Nose." Sept. 30, 2013.<http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/antibiotic-use/URI/colds.html>.
United States. National Library of Medicine. "Common Cold." Jan. 21, 2013. <http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001698/>.
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