Common Cold Symptoms: What Is Normal & What Isn’t

Runny nose? Raw throat? Persistent cough? Colds usually begin abruptly with a sore throat followed by these common cold symptoms:

  • Nasal drainage
  • Sneezing
  • Fatigue
  • Cough

Typically there is no fever with the common cold. In fact, fever and more severe symptoms may indicate that you have the flu or a bacterial infection and not a cold.

The common cold will typically last for 3-7 days, with the first few days making you contagious and vulnerable. If you are coughing and producing thick dark mucus, then it is important that you contact your medical provider. This could mean you are suffering from something more serious than just a cold, like a bacterial infection.

AFC Marlborough is an urgent care walk in center that treats the common cold and bacterial infections. We can be reached, 7 days a week, at 508-658-0764 or visit our location at 38 Boston Post Road West in Marlborough. Stop by anytime – no appointments necessary!



3700 Cahaba Beach Road Birmingham, AL 35242

Our Mission and Values:

Our mission is to provide the best healthcare possible in a kind and caring environment, in an economical manner, while respecting the rights of all of our patients, at times and locations convenient to the patient.

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