How Can You Tell If You Have a Cold?
The Common Cold
Usually begins with a sore throat and leads to:
- Runny nose – clear and watery
- Nasal congestion
- Post nasal drainage, clearing of your throat and change in your voice
- Symptoms usually start between 1 and 3 days after you get infected with a cold virus and typically last
for about 3-7 days. You are most contagious during the first 3 days but it is still possible to spread it during the first week. If you develop a fever, it is not the cold and you could possibly have the flu or an infection with bacteria. For the first couple of days, your runny nose will be watery and will turn thicker and darker after that, which might be associated with a mild cough that can last into the second week of your cold. A cold can also make your asthma worse.
When To Visit Us:
If your cold symptoms are severe and you are not getting better, come visit us and we will take care of you. The provider will likely check your throat and ears and listen to your lungs. The provider might also take a throat culture to check whether you have an infection that will need antibiotics. If you experience any of the following symptoms, please visit us:
- An earache
- Pain around the nose and eyes (sinuses) for more 7 days
- Fever above 102 degrees F.
- Fever that lasts more than a day in a child under 2, or more than 3 days in a child age 2 or older
- Cough up mucus for more than a week
- Shortness of breath
- Symptoms lasting for more than 2 weeks and worsening
- Trouble swallowing
- Sore throat lasting for more than 5 days
- Pain or pressure in the chest or stomach
- Your cold worsens after the third day