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Check Your Cold and Flu Symptoms

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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

Sore Throat, Strep Throat, Scarlet Fever

Wednesday April 23, 2014

Strep throat is a bacterial infection of the throat that can cause pain, fever, headache and even abdominal pain. It is most common in school age children but can occur in people of any age.

Scarlet fever is the name given to strep throat when it also causes a rash - usually on the torso. It is not more severe or serious than strep throat, it's just an added symptom.

If you have a sore throat, it could be caused by strep or by something else. Sore throats are a common symptom of many illnesses, most of which are viral and don't require any treatment.

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Bronchitis or Pneumonia?

Monday April 21, 2014

Both illnesses cause painful coughs and can last for weeks or even months. But do you know the main differences between bronchitis and pneumonia?Could that cough be bronchitis or pneumonia?

Bronchitis and pneumonia are both often complications of common illnesses such as colds, upper respiratory infections or the flu. However, most pneumonia is bacterial and causes severe symptoms while bronchitis is often viral with symptoms that are bothersome but not as serious.

Learn more about these two illnesses and their similarities and differences:

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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.

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