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Check Your Cold and Flu Symptoms


Feeling sick? Do you know what is causing your runny nose, sore throat or upset stomach? Check your symptoms - see what the possibilities are and what you can do about it.

What You Need to Know
Cold & Flu Spotlight10

Could Those Cold Symptoms Be Allergies?

Monday April 14, 2014

Here in the Southeastern US, Spring is in full swing. Flowers are blooming and there is pollen everywhere. When I walked outside this morning, I could actually see yellow clouds of pollen in the air.

If you are like me and millions of others that suffer from seasonal allergies, this time of year can be especially brutal. I love seeing all of the flowers bloom, the leaves come back to the trees and the grass turn green again, but I do not love how the pollen in the air makes me feel.

This year seems especially bad, but I probably feel that way every year.

There may be some occasions though where you aren't sure if your symptoms are caused by allergies or an actual cold. The runny nose, sore throat, headache and dry cough could be from either one. Unfortunately, many times you won't know for sure whether it's a cold or allergies until you have waited a week or so to see if the symptoms get better or not.

If you aren't sure, we do have some resources to help you figure it out (hopefully without waiting through two weeks of miserable discomfort).

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Symptoms of Pneumonia You Need to Know

Saturday April 12, 2014

If you have ever had pneumonia, you know how painful it can be. Everyone from infants to the elderly can get pneumonia and symptoms may vary depending on your overall health and the type of pneumonia you get.

If you have any of these common symptoms of pneumonia, talk to your health care provider to find out if you might have it. If you do, you will need to know about treatment options as well.

Symptoms of Pneumonia include:

  • Painful Cough
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Chest Pain
  • Headache
  • Shortness of Breath

If you think you or a loved one might be dealing with pneumonia, talk to your health care provider so you can get the treatment you need.

Could It Be a Cold or Allergies?

Monday April 7, 2014

Spring is here and with the warmer weather and Spring blooms come runny noses and sneezing for millions of people with allergies. But how do you know if those symptoms are caused by a cold or allergies? So many of the symptoms are similar, it can be hard to know which one you have.Is it a cold or allergies?

If you are dealing with a runny or stuffy nose, itchy throat, headache, watery eyes, sneezing or coughing, take our quiz to see which one is more likely causing those symptoms.

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Do These Cold "Treatments" Really Work?

Friday April 4, 2014

I have seen some interesting so-called "treatments" for the common cold (among other things) floating around social media and the interwebs. They are often passed along by friends and acquaintances who I know to be intelligent people. However, they may have temporarily forgotten the old adage - don't believe everything you read.

After seeing more than one outlandish claim passed around by more than one friend, I decided to do some research of my own and find out where these claims originated and if there was actually any science to back them up.

If you have seen any of these, you may find the answers interesting:

If you have found other wild claims about colds, the flu or other common illnesses on social media or the internet, send them to me and I'll see what I can find out about their validity.


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