Normal common cold symptoms can be confusing at times because they are common to allergies. The most common differentiator between common cold and allergies is that the former is contagious, while the later isn’t. Some common cold symptoms like fever and body ache are, however, rarely found in allergies. Other manifestations of cough and cold include sore throat, runny nose itchy and watery eyes. These can last from 3-14 days after the cold virus affects you, while it may take some time for them to appear.
The symptoms of common cold aren’t much to worry about. However, you should call the doctor if there’s pain in the ears, nose and eyes for a period over one week. For a child under age 2, a paediatrician should be consulted if the symptoms last for more than three days. In case of adults symptom duration of more than two weeks is a cause of concern. Consult your doctor if you find associated signs like shortness of breath, difficulty in swallowing, pain or pressure around your belly and chest and sensitivity to light. Expecting and breastfeeding moms should also inform their doctor if they experience common cold symptoms.