Cold Symptoms

How long does it take for cold symptoms to start showing up? Well, most physicians agree that it takes about 1-4 days for cold symptoms to catch up with you after the virus is introduced to your body. It might start with a burning sensation in your nasal passages or perhaps your throat? Later you will start to notice sneezing and nose that just wont stop running. You might also feel a little tired as the cold progresses.

 

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You need to make sure that you stay home during the early symptoms of a cold if you possibly can. This is the period in which you are most contagious. I am sure that you do not want to make the people around you ill.

You will notice during the first few days of your cold more nose secretions. Often times these secretions become thick and darker as your cold progresses. You will notice a mild cough at the beginning which may or may not become worse as your cold progresses.

Do not panic when you see dark mucus as it is not indication of developing bacterial infection.  However if you are coughing up dark mucus or feeling a lot of distress in your lungs, you may have bacterial infection.  There are other cold viruses besides rhinovirus that develop these symptoms.

When you develop fever, this might mean that you are sick with something else. Cold symptoms with a fever usually mean that you have the flu. You should go to the doctor if your cold comes with a fever as it might mean something more severe.

The cold symptoms are at their worst for the first three days.  Symptoms will be less severe with congestion lasting for a week or so.

You should call your doctor about a cold if you notice these symptoms, earache, inability to swallow or a stiff neck. These could be signs that something worse is going on. If you are pregnant or nursing you should also seek medical attention. Another thing that you need to worry about is your infant catching the virus. If your child is showing flu symptoms you should take him or her in for treatment as soon as possible.

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