A cold is an infection in the upper respiratory tract. Colds are caused by viruses. People spread ...
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A cold is an infection in the upper respiratory tract. Colds are caused by viruses. People spread the virus through sneezing, coughing, close contact, or touching objects someone else then handles. Symptoms of a cold usually last a week or 2. They include: * coughing * scratchy or sore throat * runny or stuffy nose * sneezing * watery eyes * ear congestion * mild fever * headache A cold cannot be cured with medicines. You can reduce your chances of getting a cold by avoiding contact with someone who has a cold and frequent hand washing, especially before touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.