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Duration of common cold ?

Duration of common cold
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5-7 days: Common colds usually last approximately 5-7 days. ...Read more

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Common Cold (Definition)

Viral upper respiratory tract infection, or URI, is a condition where there is a viral infection of the nose or throat, causing redness and inflammation, runny ...Read more

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What is the duration of the common cold?

What is the duration of the common cold?

Varies : The common cold usually last 5-7 days, with symptoms ocassionally lasting 10-14 days. See your doctor if you don't see improvement, or if you note worsening. ...Read more

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Treating a Cold (Checklist)

Eat or drink foods and beverages high in vitamin C
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Boost immunity with multivitamins taken in the proper dose
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Drink plenty of fluids
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Get at least 8 hours of sleep a night
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How long does the common cold typically last?

How long does the common cold typically last?

7 -10 days: Most common colds resolve within 7 to 10 days. Colds that last longer may have become complicated with an ear infection (acute otitis media) or sinusitis. ...Read more

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How long will the common cold usually last for?

How long will the common cold usually last for?

7-10 days: The gold standard answer is most viruses last 7-10 days however could be over in as little as 3 or long as 14 days. ...Read more

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Treating a Cold (Checklist)

Drink lots of fluids
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Get plenty of rest
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Use a humidifier if desired
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See a doctor if your symptoms last longer than 10 days
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Approximately how long does a common cold last?

Approximately how long does a common cold last?

Colds arn't cured: The average common cold last 10 days measures such as increasing fluids getting appropriate rest blowing your nose sucking on candy using a humidifier can help make you more comfortable. If the symptoms really interfere with eating sleeping normal activity saline washes or otc decongestant sprays/tabs/or syrups can provide short term relief. ...Read more

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How long does it take to cure a common cold?

How long does it take to cure a common cold?

7-14 days: While a common cold cannot be "cured", it will run its course within 7 to 14 days. Antibiotics are not helpful for the common cold but there are a few supplements that have been shown to increase your body's immune response to the virus, including zinc, vitamin c, and echinacea. ...Read more

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Treating a Cold (Checklist)

Stay hydrated
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Wash your hands to prevent spreading the cold to others
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Cough and sneeze into your sleeve to prevent spread of germs
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Get enough sleep
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Let's say I just caught a common cold. What can I expect, and for how long? When will I stop being contagious?

Let's say I just caught a common cold.  What can I expect, and for how long?  When will I stop being contagious?

Common cold: The common cold is caused by over 200 different viruses and is the commonest infection in the world. Symptoms vary: runny nose, congestion, cough, sore throat, headache and general malaise. The infection can come on 2-3 days after exposure (incubation period) and last anywhere from 4 to 14 days. You are infectious as long as you are shedding the virus secretions. ...Read more

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