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Common Cold

What is a Common Cold?

Colds can be the result of more than 200 different viruses. A cold is caused by a virus that inflames the membranes in the lining of the nose and throat.

What are the Symptoms of a Common Cold?

Symptoms may include:

  • Stuffy, runny nose
  • Scratchy, tickly throat
  • Sneezing
  • Watering eyes
  • Low-grade fever
  • Sore throat
  • Mild hacking cough
  • Achy muscles and bones
  • Headache
  • Mild fatigue
  • Chills
  • Watery discharge from nose that thickens and turns yellow or green

How is a common cold treated?

Currently, there is no medication available to cure or shorten the duration of the common cold. However, some relief for symptoms can be found in over-the-counter cold medications.