How Long Does a Cold Last For?

April 30, 2021

Don't you just love the chill in the air that is fall? The season comes with so many benefits, such as leaves turning, apple-picking and bonfires galore!

Unfortunately, though, fall also brings with it the cold and flu season. That's why our team at AFC Urgent Care East Meadow wants to give you some insight into the pesky common cold.

What Causes the Common Cold?

The common cold is a virus that infects the upper respiratory tract. Because it can be caught via airborne droplets, it is extremely contagious.

If you develop the symptoms of a cold, try to stay away from others to avoid infecting them. At the least, be sure to wash your hands regularly, sneeze and cough into your sleeve or a tissue, and disinfect surfaces you're touching.

Symptoms of a Cold

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Congestion
  • Slight body aches
  • A mild headache
  • Sneezing
  • Low-grade fever

How Long Does It Take to Get Over a Cold?

For the most part, people generally get over a cold in about seven to 10 days.

However, some common cold symptoms, such as a cough may linger longer, even for up to several weeks. Fortunately there are steps you can take to find relief.

Treatment of a Cold

  • Stay hydrated.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Soothe your sore throat with lozenges.
  • Combat stuffiness with a humidifier.
  • Sip on warm liquids.
  • Clear up nasal congestion using a saline irrigation system.

Are you experiencing symptoms of the common cold, or is it something else? Visit AFC Urgent Care East Meadow today for a medical evaluation and treatment plan!

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