The duration of a cold can vary depending on various factors, such as the severity of the cold, the person’s age and health status, and the type of virus causing the cold. Generally, a cold can last from 7 to 10 days, but some symptoms may persist for up to two weeks. However, in some cases, a cold can last longer, especially if complications arise.
To help alleviate symptoms and speed up recovery, you can try getting plenty of rest, staying hydrated, using over-the-counter medications to relieve symptoms such as pain, fever, and congestion, and avoiding smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke. If your symptoms persist or worsen after a week or if you experience any complications, such as difficulty breathing or a high fever, you should seek medical attention.