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How long does the common cold last?

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Mayo Clinic states that a common cold typically lasts one to two weeks. A cold is most contagious during the first two to three days after symptoms first appear and is generally only contagious during the first week, according to MedlinePlus.

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How long does the common cold last?
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MedlinePlus maintains that some people may not develop symptoms until a week after exposure to the common cold virus, although most individuals start to develop symptoms within two to three days. Over-the-counter medicines and home remedies for the common cold can help relieve symptoms, but they do not make the cold go away more quickly, according to Mayo Clinic.

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