How long does a common cold last?

So how long does a cold last?

Symptoms of common colds usually  peak at 1–3 days and last between 7–10 days, although they sometimes persist for up to three weeks.

How long does a common cold last
How long does a common cold last? original Image by Anastasia Gepp from Pixabay

When to see your doctor

See your doctor if

  • your body temperature becomes remarkably high, or you feel shivery.
  • your symptoms persist for more than 3 weeks.
  • your symptoms get worse very quickly.
  • you feel concerned about your child’s symptoms.
  • you feel breathless.
  • you develop chest pain.
  • you suffer from a condition such as diabetes, or a kidney, heart, or lung disease.
  • you have a weakened immune system – for example, due to chemotherapy.

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