Sneezing, scratchy throat, runny nose - everyone knows the first signs of a cold, probably the most common illness known. The common cold is usually mild, with symptoms lasting 1 to 2 weeks. Children have about 6 to 10 colds a year. One immportant reason why colds are so common in children is because they are often in close contact with each other in daycare centers and schools.
Difficulty breathing through your nose due to mucus buildup
Mild fever up to 102
Treatment: There is no cure for the common cold. Rest, plenty of fluids, gargling with warm salt water for throat irritation, taking acetaminophen or ibuprofen for fever, and over-the-counter cold medicines can ease the symptoms.
Colds occasionally can lead to bacterial infections that need treated with antibiotics. High fever, significantly swollen glands, severe sinus pain, ear pain, and a cough that produces thick, colored mucus, may indicate a complication or more serious illness requiring a visit to the office.