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How Long Can a Cold Last? 

How Long Can a Cold Last?

young woman in bed with a cold Colds are referred to as “common” for a reason—the average adult catches a cold two to four times every year, and kids get sick even more frequently. If you’re currently battling a cold, you’re probably wondering how long you’ll have to endure the sniffling, sneezing, coughing, and other unpleasant symptoms this illness can bring.

Colds are caused by rhinoviruses, which can affect people in different ways. On average, most cold symptoms resolve on their own in three to seven days, although symptoms can sometimes linger for up to two weeks.

When to Seek Medical Care

The common cold is a viral infection that can usually be managed at home with self-care measures like rest, hydration, and over-the-counter medications. However, it’s a good idea to speak with a medical professional if your symptoms:

  • Include wheezing or shortness of breath
  • Worsen or don’t improve over the course of a few days
  • Include a fever higher than 101.3 Fahrenheit that lasts for more than three days
  • Improve but then come back
  • Are severe or prevent you from sleeping

Same-Day Treatment for Cold Symptoms at Fast Track Urgent Care

Families in Silver Spring, Kensington, and surrounding communities can turn to Fast Track Urgent Care for easily accessible cold treatment. Our fully equipped urgent care centers serve adults and children with non-life-threatening health concerns. We’re open every day during extended hours and don’t require appointments, although online scheduling is available for patients who prefer to plan ahead. Visit us today for the care you need, when you need it!