Have a symptom?
See what questions
a doctor would ask.

Causes of Common cold

Primary Cause of Common cold

The primary cause of Common cold is the result:

  • of transmission of an infectious agent by another person by one or more of the following: saliva, air, cough, fecal-oral route, surfaces, blood, needles, blood transfusions, sexual contact, mother to fetus, etc.

Causes of Common cold (Diseases Database):

The follow list shows some of the possible medical causes of Common cold that are listed by the Diseases Database:

Source: Diseases Database

Common cold Causes: Risk Factors

The following conditions have been cited in various sources as potentially causal risk factors related to Common cold:

Common cold: Related Medical Conditions

To research the causes of Common cold, consider researching the causes of these these diseases that may be similar, or associated with Common cold:

Common cold: Causes and Types

Causes of Types of Common cold: Review the cause informationfor the various types of Common cold:

  • Rhinovirus-related colds - 30-35% of colds
  • Coronavirus-related colds
  • Adenovirus-related colds
  • Coxsackievirus-related colds
  • Echovirus-related colds
  • Orthomyxovirus-related colds - including influenza A and B viruses
  • Paramyxovirus-related colds - including several parainfluenza viruses
  • Respiratory syncytial virus-related colds
  • more types...»

Causes of Broader Categories of Common cold: Review the causal information about the various more general categories of medical conditions:

Common cold as a symptom:

Conditions listing Common cold as a symptom may also be potential underlying causes of Common cold. Our database lists the following as having Common cold as a symptom of that condition:

What causes Common cold?

Causes: Common cold: virus e.g. rhinovirus, coronavirus, adenovirus, coxsackievirus, echovirus
Article excerpts about the causes of Common cold:

The Common Cold, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID (Excerpt)

Does cold weather cause a cold? Although many people are convinced that a cold results from exposure to cold weather, or from getting chilled or overheated, NIAID grantees have found that these conditions have little or no effect on the development or severity of a cold. Nor is susceptibility apparently related to factors such as exercise, diet, or enlarged tonsils or adenoids. On the other hand, research suggests that psychological stress, allergic disorders affecting the nasal passages or pharynx (throat), and menstrual cycles may have an impact on a person's susceptibility to colds. (Source: excerpt from The Common Cold, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)

The Common Cold, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID (Excerpt)

Cold symptoms are probably the result of the body's immune response to the viral invasion. Virus-infected cells in the nose send out signals that recruit specialized white blood cells to the site of the infection. In turn, these cells emit a range of immune system chemicals such as kinins. These chemicals probably lead to the symptoms of the common cold by causing swelling and inflammation of the nasal membranes, leakage of proteins and fluid from capillaries and lymph vessels, and the increased production of mucus. (Source: excerpt from The Common Cold, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)

Medical news summaries relating to Common cold:

The following medical news items are relevant to causes of Common cold:

Related information on causes of Common cold:

As with all medical conditions, there may be many causal factors. Further relevant information on causes of Common cold may be found in:


By using this site you agree to our Terms of Use. Information provided on this site is for informational purposes only; it is not intended as a substitute for advice from your own medical team. The information on this site is not to be used for diagnosing or treating any health concerns you may have - please contact your physician or health care professional for all your medical needs. Please see our Terms of Use.

Home | Symptoms | Diseases | Diagnosis | Videos | Tools | Forum | About Us | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Site Map | Advertise