Can a Cold Cause a Fever?

Yes, a cold can cause a fever, but it’s relatively uncommon. The common cold is primarily caused by viral infections, typically by rhinoviruses. Cold symptoms often include a runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, coughing, and a sore throat. While fevers are more commonly associated with illnesses like the flu (influenza) or other infections, they can occasionally occur with a cold.

When a cold virus infects the body, the immune system responds by releasing various chemicals to fight off the infection. This immune response can sometimes lead to an increase in body temperature, resulting in a fever. However, fevers associated with colds are usually low-grade (slight elevation in body temperature) and not as severe as those seen with more serious infections.

If you or someone you know is experiencing a high fever (typically defined as a temperature of 100.4°F or higher), persistent fever, or other concerning symptoms, it’s advisable to consult a healthcare professional for proper evaluation and guidance.