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Normally, how long would the common cold usually last for?

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Dr. Edward Rhee
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In brief: Less than 5-7 days

Most viral upper respiratory infection will resolve within 5-7 days.
If symptoms persist beyond this length of time, or there is a worsening of symptoms after an initial improvement, it may have progressed into a bacterial infection. This is the usual pathway in the development of a sinus infection, as an example.

In brief: Less than 5-7 days

Most viral upper respiratory infection will resolve within 5-7 days.
If symptoms persist beyond this length of time, or there is a worsening of symptoms after an initial improvement, it may have progressed into a bacterial infection. This is the usual pathway in the development of a sinus infection, as an example.
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