Having a cold constantly causes the player to sneeze and inflict damage while doing so.

Cold is a Status ailment in EarthBound which causes the character afflicted with it to sneeze on each turn, causing a small amount of damage. It is signified by a runny nose icon on the player's status window. It can be cured through Secret Herbs, Cold Remedies, or any level of PSI Healing. It also inflicts damage periodically while outside of battle; when this happens, the screen briefly flashes red (not unlike the effect of Sunstroke). The Spinning Robo, Li'l UFO, and Guardian Hieroglyph are three enemies that can afflict Ness and his party with a Cold.

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