Cold and Flu

How long can colds last?

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  • Symptoms usually start two to three days after you've been infected, and colds can last for up to two weeks.

    The first symptoms of influenza, including fever, chills, headache, and body aches, often begin to go away after about 2 or 4 days. In some cases, these symptoms will last 5 days or longer. The respiratory symptoms of influenza, such as coughing, throat irritation, and congestion may last for days or weeks.

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  • AUCLA Health answered

    Parents often look for a quick fix to their child’s cold and cough symptoms. But, according to Dennis Woo, MD, UCLA pediatrician, most colds will last seven to 10 days with or without treatment.

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