Symptoms and causes

Symptoms and causes

Characteristics:

The common cold is usually caused by a virus and is said to be viral.

Symptoms include:

  • sneezing
  • congested nose
  • runny nose
  • fatigue
  • muscular pain
  • headache

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 treatment

Diagnosis 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 specialisations

Treatment centres and specialisations
Ear, nose, and throat diseases (ENT)

Latest publication date: 23/08/2022
Supervising author: Dr Vermeiren Judith