Conditions and diseases
Symptoms and causesSymptoms and causes
The common cold is usually caused by a virus and is said to be viral.
- congested nose
- runny nose
- muscular pain
You can infect others in your environment by sneezing (with nasal mucous) and via contact. Wash your hands thoroughly and avoid contact where possible.
Diagnosis and treatmentDiagnosis and treatment
For a common cold, you usually do not need to do anything more than to rest and give yourself time to get better. If necessary, you may do nasal saline rinses, use a anti-inflammatory nasal spray for a short time or use anti-inflammatories.
Treatment centres and specialisationsTreatment centres and specialisations
Latest publication date: 17/05/2023
Supervising author: Dr Vermeiren Judith