Conditions and diseases
Symptoms 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 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
Latest publication date: 11/08/2021
Supervising author: Dr Vermeiren Judith