Acute viral nasopharyngitis history and symptoms
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History and symptoms
- Common cold starts with sore throat. It usually resolves within 1-2 days.
- Sore throat may be accompanied by fatigue and headache.
- Fever is not usually present. Fever usually points more toward influenza, not acute viral nasopharyngitis.
- Then, nasal congestion, discharge, and runny nose ensue.
- Nasal discharge may cause nasal congestion, which interferes with sleeping and eating.
- Cough usually starts approximately after 4 to 5 days (along with the improvement of nasal symptoms).
- Cough is usually milder than that of influenza.
Resolution of symptoms
- Symptoms usually resolve within 7-10 days.
- Cough may persist for a few weeks after the resolution of symptoms.
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