How long does a typical cold last?
A typical cold takes place in three phases of development:
Early symptoms of a cold can begin in as little as 10-12 hours after a person contracts the bug. You may notice that your throat feels unusually scratchy and sore, and you may have less energy than you normally do. If an early-stage cold is caught and contained, it is possible to reduce or even eliminate symptoms that would otherwise put you out of commission.
2 to 3 days after infection is when symptoms usually peak. At this point, you may develop other symptoms such as:
- stuffy or runny nose
- sore throat
- watery eyes
Rest and hydration are essential to reduce the severity of these symptoms, and to recover as you move on to the final phase of your viral infection:
As your cold runs the final stage of completion, you’ll continue to battle with your nose–alternating periods of congestion and funniness are not uncommon at this time. You may continue to deal with post nasal drip and coughing as your body actively fights off the infection. Most people are cold-free and symptom-free within two weeks of inception.
We all live, breathe, and work in the same atmospheric soup, and it can be difficult to evade the cold virus completely. If you work in an office or environment with others, it is essential that you safeguard yourself against illness and disease, especially at this time of year when it seems to be at an all-time high.