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According to the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases:

"Cold symptoms can last from 2 to 14 days, but if you are like most people, you’ll probably recover in a week to 10 days. If your symptoms return often or last much longer than 2 weeks, you might have an allergy rather than a cold."

How long do your colds normally last? Mine can last up to three weeks. So either my colds drag on longer than normal or I may want to check and see if I have allergies.

And how do you treat your cold? I normally just get more sleep and drink lots of orange juice and hot tea.

Bri Luginbill asked this
July 13, 2011 at 4:01 PM



I'm with you there! My colds can last a long time. Recovering can be hard if you have to go to work or school; there's usually only so much you can miss. I like to take at least a day or two to devote completely to resting and flushing out my system by drinking lots of fluids (and watching I Love Lucy reruns). Usually, I feel a lot better after taking that one day. The symptoms aren't completely gone, but they've improved enough so I can get on with the next day and be a little more comfortable. It's better, I think, than trying to power through work and school without taking time to rest - you'll just stress yourself out more and prolong your symptoms.

Laura Hogg answered
July 21, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Same as you both! I don't think I have heard of anyone who has gotten over a cold in 2 days. That's just nuts! I usually will drink a lot of water and bump up my vitamin C intake. Also, sleeping more and letting my body do its job.

Kara answered
August 15, 2011 at 2:45 PM
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