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How long does the common cold typically last?

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Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatrics - Allergy & Asthma
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Arthur Torre
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Dr. Gregg Alexander
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: 7-10 days

Common colds average around 7-10 days, but in kids may fade out over a bit longer time.
They often "peak" around the third, maybe up to the fifth day, when the clear, runny nose often gets thick & colorful - white, yellow, or green. Then, it should start thinning out again as the cold fades. If the thick, colorful runny nose stuff isn't thinning/clearing by 7-10 days, see your pediatrician.

In brief: 7-10 days

Common colds average around 7-10 days, but in kids may fade out over a bit longer time.
They often "peak" around the third, maybe up to the fifth day, when the clear, runny nose often gets thick & colorful - white, yellow, or green. Then, it should start thinning out again as the cold fades. If the thick, colorful runny nose stuff isn't thinning/clearing by 7-10 days, see your pediatrician.
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