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A cold is one of the most common viral infections.
Most people will get a cold at least once a year and while it usually isn’t serious - it can feel awful.
While there’s no cure, there are plenty of treatments that can help you cope with the symptoms and you’ll usually start feeling better within a week.
The usual symptoms of a cold are:
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Treatment of a cold is difficult as antibiotics do not work. The best remedy is to stay hydrated and rest yourself.
You can also try some other home remedies to help soothe your symptoms and make you feel better.
If conditions persist or get worse seek the advice of one of our GPs at Push Doctor.
Onset: 1-3 Days
During this period, you’ll begin to notice a cold coming on. You’ll start to feel generally unwell, sometimes with a ‘fuzzy’ feeling in your head and will start experiencing a blocked and runny nose. Many people will also develop a cough during this period.
Recovery: 4-7 days
You should start feeling better within a week, although it may take children a little more time to recover.
However, if you’ve got a cough - this can take a few weeks to go away.