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It seems like I’ve been sick for a long time now. How long do most colds last?

Smartliving Guest asked this
July 15, 2011 at 1:53 PM



Colds typically peak out at 2 to 5 days after onset of symptoms then fade away - usually lasting a total of about 7 to 10 days. (Although the post viral cough can hang on for another week or two.) A lot of people (including doctors) incorrectly think that a lingering cough after a viral infection is a sure sign of bacterial bronchitis. Most of the time however, as long as there are no other symptoms, a lingering cough after a viral infection, although annoying, is just a cough. Antibiotics are not needed.

Stay Healthy, Dr. Jeff

Dr. Jeff Chamberlain, MD Health Coach answered
July 15, 2011 at 2:22 PM
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