What are the symptoms of a cold?

Cold symptoms can include:

  • a sore throat
  • occasionally fever (a temperature of 38.5°C or higher)
  • sneezing
  • a blocked or runny nose
  • a cough.

How long will the symptoms last?

Most people who have a cold will get better after about 7–10 days. If you are generally healthy, your body’s immune system will take care of the infection.

Green or yellow mucus may come out of your nose. This is normally a sign that your immune system is fighting the infection and not that your cold is getting worse. It does not mean you have a bacterial infection.

If your symptoms don’t improve after 10 days, or your symptoms get worse, see your doctor.

Read about how you can manage the symptoms of a cold.

Infection infographic