The symptoms of a cold can include:
- Sore throat
- Fever and muscle aches (if the cold is severe)
- A blocked and stuffy nose
- Runny nose
Recognising the signs
The first sign of a cold is usually a dry, scratchy sore throat which experts believe may be due to the virus infecting the back of the nose. You may also start sneezing early on, and your nose may start to 'run'. Typically these symptoms will come on over a couple of days – but you will have unwittingly been carrying the virus round before the first symptoms appear for a day or two before that.
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