what are common cold symptoms

Symptoms of a common cold usually appear one to three days after exposure to a cold-causing virus.

Signs and symptoms, which can vary from person to person, might include:

Runny or stuffy nose
Sore throat
Slight body aches or a mild headache
Low-grade fever
Generally feeling unwell (malaise)

The discharge from your nose may become thicker and yellow or green in color as a common cold runs its course. This isn’t an indication of a bacterial infection.

For adults — seek medical attention if you have:

Fever greater than 101.3 F (38.5 C)
Fever lasting five days or more or returning after a fever-free period
Shortness of breath
Severe sore throat, headache or sinus pain

For children — in general, your child doesn’t need to see the doctor for a common cold. But seek medical attention right away if your child has any of the following:

Fever of 100.4 F (38 C) in newborns up to 12 weeks
Rising fever or fever lasting more than two days in a child of any age
Symptoms that worsen or fail to improve
Severe symptoms, such as headache or cough
Ear pain
Extreme fussiness
Unusual drowsiness
Lack of appetite