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Cold & Flu: Most Popular Articles

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Cold or Flu Quiz - Do You Have a Cold or the Flu
Are you suffering from symptoms of the cold or flu? Aren't sure which one it is? Take this quick quiz to help sort through your symptoms and determine whether you have a cold or the flu.
Do You Have a Cold or Allergies?
Do you have symptoms of seasonal allergies or a cold? Sometimes it can be difficult to know the difference. Take this quick quiz to find out whether you have a cold or allergies.
What Is a Viral Infection?
What does it mean when you have a viral infection? See the definition of this common term and what it could mean to you.
Is Your Cough a Symptom of a More Serious...
To determine what is causing your cough and how to treat it, first you have to figure out what type of cough it is. See what could be making you sick based on what type of cough you have.
Why Do You Get Sick More Often When You Are...
Learn why you might be getting sick more often while you are pregnant and how to take care of yourself so you can feel better quickly.
Curious about 2014 flu symptoms? Find out what...
Concerned you might have the flu? Wondering what the 2014 flu symptoms are? Get the information you need.
Who Needs to Get a Pneumonia Shot?
Most people know they need a flu shot, but many people should also get a pneumonia shot. Find out what a pneumonia shot is and who needs one.
How Long is the Common Cold Contagious?
When you are coughing and sniffing with a cold, you may be wondering when you are contagious. How long should you stay at home to avoid spreading your germs to others? Find out when you are contagious with a cold.
How Long Is the incubation Period for Strep...
Find out what the incubation period for strep throat is and how long you might be contagious if you have it. From the time you are exposed to the time you show symptoms, learn about the incubation period for strep throat.
#Fever? Are you sure you know how to use that...
You need to know how to use a thermometer if you or your child has a fever. Believe it or not, you could be doing it wrong.
Motrin and Advil: Is There a Difference?
Is there a difference between Motrin and Advil? Which should you use and why? Learn about the differences between Motrin and Advil.
Can You Get Sick from a Flu Shot?
Have you ever gotten sick after a flu shot and thought the vaccine must be responsible? Find out what could have happened and why.
Preservative-Free Flu Vaccine
The preservative free flu vaccine is an option for people who want to avoid vaccines that contain thimerosal.
How to Choose the Best OTC Cough Medication for...
There are several options available for over the counter cough medications. Learn more about cough medicine and find out which one is right for you and your cough.
How to Find a Doctor Even Without Health...
No insurance? Are you sick and need to find a doctor? These tips can help you find a doctor when you are sick even if you don't have health insurance. Page 2.
Evaluate Fever Symptoms - How to Check Your...
If you want to bring a fever down there are several things you can do without taking medication. Read our tips on ways to reduce a fever without medication and also how not to.
The Most Effective Remedies to Soothe Your Sore...
Find good sore throat remedies to help you soothe a painful sore throat. Learn when you should seek medical attention for your sore throat and which sore throat remedies may help.
How Long Does the Flu Usually Last?
When the flu hits you, the first thing you want to know is how long it's going to last. Find out how long the flu can last and everything else you need to know about how the flu may affect you.
Does Your Child Have Breathing Problems?
It's not always easy to tell when a child is having trouble breathing. Look for these signs and find out what to do if you see them.
Why Everything Hurts When You Have the Flu
Should you be concerned about body aches and muscle pain when you have the flu? What you can do to get relief and when to seek medical attention.
5 Things That Can Cause an Itchy Face
An itchy face can be annoying and difficult to control. Find out what may be causing an itchy face and what you can do about it.
What Influenza B Means for You
Find out how influenza B is different from other types of the flu and how it might affect you. Learn how the strains of the influenza virus are classified.
What Is the Typical Flu Incubation Period?
How long is the typical flu incubation period? If you are exposed to the flu, how long will it be before you get sick? Find out here.
Can You Get a Flu Shot if You Have a Cold?
Wondering if you can get a flu shot with a cold? Find out when it is safe to get your flu vaccine and when it's not.
Which Type of Sinus Congestion Is Affecting You?
What type of sinus congestion do you have? In order to treat it, you must determine what kind of congestion you are dealing with.
Do you know the differences between #bronchitis...
Do you know the differences between pneumonia and bronchitis? Both cause coughs but they are very different illnesses.
Make It Stop! How to Treat Your Vomiting
You are vomiting and just want to make it stop. Find out what to do to treat the vomiting and when you need to get help.
Does Cold Weather Really Cause Cold and Flu?
Many people believe the cold weather will make you sick. Is there any truth to it? Find out if the cold weather will give you a cold or if this is just an old wives tale.
The Facts About Pneumonia Everyone Should Know
Need to know the basics about pneumonia? Find a complete overview of pneumonia, including who is most at risk and your treatment options.
Should You Be Using a Saline Nasal Spray?
What is saline nasal spray and should you use it? Find out if this product could help your cold or allergy symptoms and get help deciding if it might work for you the next time you are sick.
Is Your Pet Making You Sick?
Have you ever wondered if your dog made you sick or if you gave your cat your cold? Find out if your pet can make you sick and vice versa.
What Is the 24-Hour Flu?
Have you ever had a 24 hour flu bug? Most of us have, or at least our friends or family have told us that's what we have. Find out more about the 24 hour flu.
What to Expect With Acute Bronchitis
What is acute bronchitis and what does it mean to you? Find out the symptoms, common treatments and what to expect if you or a loved one has acute bronchitis.
How Long Does a Cold Last? Tips to Feel Better,...
When you get a cold, you probably want to know how long it will last. Find out what to expect when you get a cold, and when you will start feeling better.
Check Your Symptoms - Evaluate Your Sore Throat
If you or your child has a sore throat, find out what the possible causes could be and what you should do about it. Many things can cause a sore throat, so learn more about them all.
Evaluate Your Vomiting
When you are vomiting, you will need to determine what other symptoms you have as well. The severity of your illness can depend on your other symptoms. Find out more about symptoms that can be associated with vomiting and what they mean for you.
But it's hot outside! Can it really be the flu...
Although most people get the flu during cold and flu season, many wonder if it's possible to get the flu in the summer. Find out if it can happen and how likely it is.
How You Can Tell if You Have the Flu
The stomach flu is a very common illness, but is not related to the flu at all. Find out what the symptoms are and what you can do about it.
Can You Breastfeed When You're Sick? When It's...
Many new mothers want to know if they can breastfeed when they get sick. Will the illness pass on to the baby? Find out if it's safe or not.
Which Over the Counter Medication is Best for...
See how over the counter cold and flu medications work, what your options are and which one might be right for you and your symptoms.
Can Cinnamon and Honey Cure the Common Cold?
A frequently shared social media post claims that a combination of cinnamon and honey can cure, among other things, the common cold. Could it be true?
How to Choose the Best OTC Pain Relievers for You
You have options when choosing over the counter pain relievers and fever reducers. Find out how they are different and which one is right for you.
7 Remarkably Common Viral Infections
Many illnesses can be defined as viral infections. Learn about some of the most common minor illnesses that are categorized as viral infections.
Can You Get the Common Cold Any Time of the Year?
Do you know what causes the common cold, what the symptoms are and what to do about them? Get the information you need to deal with colds when they come.
Exactly What You Should Do When You Get a Cold
When you get a cold, do you just ignore it or do you take time to recover? Get tips on what to do when you get a cold so you feel better faster!
What You Need to Know Before You Buy Robitussin...
Robitussin DM is an over-the-counter cough suppressant and expectorant. Robitussin DM helps control your cough and thin secretions so the cough is more productive.
Should You Go Into Work Sick? 5 Ways to Help...
If you are not feeling well and trying to decide whether or not you should go to work, this is the piece for you. Get help deciding if you should call in sick.
How to Determine if It's a Cold or if It's...
Trying to figure out if you have a cold or allergies? Find out the difference between the two and see what you can do to feel better.
Can Fevers Cause Brain Damage?
Many people are concerned that a fever will cause brain damage, especially if left untreated. But is there any truth to this claim?
The Most Common Symptoms of the Cold and Flu
The symptoms of the common cold and flu can be similar, but there are some differences. If you aren't sure which one you have, get help figuring it out.
When Should Your Child Go to the Doctor?
Dr. Jennifer Shu, a prominent Atlanta pediatrician, answers parents' questions about when to take their children to the doctor during cold and flu season. Also get tips on helping kids deal with shots, what symptoms to watch for and when to keep kids out of school when they are sick.
What Are Bacterial Infections?
What is a bacterial infection and what can be done about it? Find out what a bacterial infection is and what it means to you.
Itchy Throat? The 4 Most Common Causes to Know
Wondering what is causing that itchy throat? Learn about causes of itchy throats.
The Key to Breathing Easier? Choosing the Right...
Humidifiers can be a great way to feel better without medication when you are sick. Figure out how to choose the right humidifier for your family.
Everything You Need to Know About Ear Infections
Ear infections are very common after colds, especially in children. Find out what you need to know about ear infections, including symptoms, diagnosis and treatments.
The 10 Symptoms of Acute and Chronic Bronchitis
There are two different types of bronchitis -- acute and chronic. They are both an inflammation of the airways leading to the lungs, but have different causes and, obviously, durations.
Everything You Need to Know About the Flu
A complete overview of the flu. Everything you need to know about typical flu seasons, symptoms, prevention and treatment measures.
13 Signs Your Fever is Serious
If you are concerned about a fever, find out at what point you need to see a doctor or health care provider.
Did You Know There Are Over 30 Different Types...
Wondering whether or not pneumonia is contagious? Learn about how pneumonia occurs and whether or not it is contagious.
When to Tell If Your Vomiting and Diarrhea Is...
Do you need to see a doctor for vomiting and diarrhea? Learn more about these unpleasant symptoms - when you can treat them at home and when you shouldn't.
What Is Guillain-Barre Syndrome and What Causes...
Many people have never heard of Guillain-Barre syndrome. Although it is very rare, it is one of the most dangerous side effects of the flu shot, so anyone who is considering getting a flu shot should know what Guillain-Barre syndrome is.
Should You Get a Seasonal Flu Shot?
Flu shots are an important part of protecting yourself and your family from influenza. Get answers to your flu shot questions and determine if they are right for you.
The 7 Secretion Colors of a Cough
Easy to understand definition of the common medical term, productive cough. Including examples of what a productive cough is.
Do You Have a Cold or the Flu? Cold
Your answers indicate you have multiple symptoms of the common cold.
What are Common Flu Shot Reactions?
If you are considering getting a flu shot, you should know what the potential reactions are.
Itchy, Watery Eyes? The 3 Most Common Causes to...
Why do our eyes itch? There are many causes of itchy eyes and treatment usually depends on the cause. Learn more and see what you can do to get relief.
What Is E. Coli and What Are the Symptoms?
E. coli is a food-borne illness that often causes vomiting and diarrhea when it infects humans. Find out more about this illness - what the symptoms are, how to treat it and how to prevent it.
How Active is the Flu Near You?
Flu activity changes all the time, especially during flu season. Find out how bad the flu is in your state or around the world.
7 Signs You've Got the Flu
Here you will find all the most common flu symptoms. See if your symptoms could be caused by influenza or if they are likely something else.
The 7 Common Cold Symptoms
Do you know what the most common cold symptoms are? Learn more and find out if your symptoms could be a cold or something else.
What are Common Flu Shot Side Effects?
Although flu shots are largely considered safe and effective, they are not without their risks. Learn all about flu shot side effects.
15 Need-to-Know Flu Facts
Do you have questions or concerns about the flu? Think you know it all already? See if your beliefs match up with the facts.
The 7 Symptoms of Strep Throat
Strep throat is a very common childhood illness, but adults can get it too. Find out what you need to know about this painful infection.
How Do You Stay Healthy When Your Family Is Sick?
Have you ever gotten sick because someone else in your family was sick? Wondering how you can prevent the spread of illnesses through you family? Find out how to stay healthy when your family is sick.
Can Honey Soothe a Sore Throat?
Can honey soothe your sore throat? Find out if this common remedy can make a difference if you have a sore throat.
What’s Causing Your Itchy Nose?
Do you have any itchy nose? Find out what is causing that irritating itch in your nose.
What Treatment Options Are There for Acute...
When you are diagnosed with bronchitis, you want to know what your treatment options are. Learn about common acute bronchitis treatments and get help figuring out which one is right for you.
Myth or Fact: Should You Feed a Cold or Starve...
There is a common saying that you should feed a cold and starve a fever. But is there any truth to this phrase? Find out here.
Cough and Fever? What will happen if you get a...
Are you sick and want to get a flu shot? Find out why you shouldn't get a flu vaccine if you are moderately to severely ill.
Should You Exercise When You’re Sick?
When you get sick, do you wonder if you should exercise or not? It may depend on your illness and symptoms. Figure out how to know what to do.
Is Your Child Coughing? Watch Out for These 12...
Kids get coughs quite often, and most parents just want to make the coughing stop. But when should you use cough medications? And which ones are safe? Find out all about cough medications and kids.
Where Are You Itching?
When you are itching, you want to make it stop. First, determine where you are itching and then we can figure out what is causing it.
8 Symptoms of a Sinus Infection
Sinus infections are a common complication after a cold, the flu or other respiratory illness. Learn more about this illness and how it can affect you.
When Is Common Cold Season?
: When Is Common Cold Season? : You can get a cold year-round, but most people consider the winter months
The Ultimate "What to Do When You're Sick" List
When you get sick, do you know what to do? About.com's Cold and Flu Expert gives you the complete list of what you can and can't do when you're sick.
Why Do You Need a Tetanus Shot?
Do you need a tetanus shot? What about a combination tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis? Learn more about your options and see which one is right for you.
Need to Know: Mystery Respiratory Illness -...
Learn about the mysterious respiratory illness that has sickened hundreds of children across the midwestern US in Fall 2014 - Enterovirus D68.
When Should You Go to the Hospital With the Flu?
Find out when you should go to the hospital with flu symptoms and when you should stay home. Many people go to the ER only to wait for hours and then be sent home. Get some tips on when you should seek medical attention and when you don't need to.
Should You Use Antihistamines for Your Cold or...
Learn how antihistamines work and how they may help relieve your sneezing, itching and runny nose.
6 Ways to Get the Flu
Feeling like you need a sick day? 6 things you can do to make sure you get the flu. Or you can do the opposite to try to stay healthy - your choice.
Walking Pneumonia
A definition of walking pneumonia. What it is, what causes it and what means for you.
Vicks Starry Night Humidifier
Vicks recently developed the Starry Night cool mist humidifier that is intended for use in children's rooms and they asked me to check it out. I was happy to do so because I believe humidifiers are very valuable, especially when kids are sick. Find out what I think of Vicks' Starry Night Cool Mist Humidifier.
4 Common Cold and Flu Complications
These common complications of the cold and flu can leave you feeling pretty miserable. Here, we look at some of the most common cold and flu complications.
Should You Use Benadryl for Your Cold or Flu?
Benadryl is an antihistamine used to treat runny noses and other symptoms of allergies and the common cold. Find out the side effects, recommended dosage and the benefits of Benadryl.
What Causes Itchy Skin?
Itchy skin is more than just a minor annoyance for many people. It can get so bad that it interferes with daily life and makes it difficult to function. Depending on the cause, the itchy skin may be difficult to treat and control. Find out more about the causes of itchy skin.
Did You Know? There are 6 Types of Ear...
There are sixl different types of ear infections. Learn about them and what treatments they may need.
What is a fever?
What temperature is considered a fever? The answer may surprise you. Learn the basics about what a fever is and how to treat one.
Do You Have a Cold or the Flu? Flu
Your answers indicate you have multiple symptoms of the flu.
Overdosing on Cold and Flu Medications
Can people actually overdose on cold and flu medications? How much is too much and what do you need to know about the potential dangers of taking too much cold and flu medicine? Get the information you need about overdosing on cold and flu medications.
When to See a Doctor for Abdominal Pain
When should you see a doctor for abdominal pain? Abdominal pain is a very common symptom that often needs no treatment. But there are also some very serious conditions that can cause abdominal pain and may even be an emergency. Find out when you should see a doctor for abdominal pain.
NeilMed's Sinus Rinse
NeilMed's Sinus Rinse is a device to help you irrigate your sinuses, which will relieve congestion and reduce irritation from pollutants. Learn more about this sinus rinse and how it can help you.
How to Care for a Child With a Cold
What do you do when your child gets sick with a cold? Treating a child is not the same as treating an adult. Get tips on how to care for your child with a cold.
Should You Use Mucinex for Your Cold or Flu?
Mucinex is an over the counter cough medication that helps to break up chest congestion. Learn more about Mucinex including who should and should not take it and what the potential side effects are.
What Causes Fluid in the Ears?
Learn about otitis media with effusion (fluid in the ears). Although not an ear infection, this is still a relatively common condition, especially in children.
Could That Cough Be Something Serious? When to...
Most of the time you don't need to worry but there are some coughs that are serious. Find out when you should see your doctor for a cough.
What is Wheezing?
If you or someone you know ever has any type of breathing problems, you need to know what wheezing is - a common sign of respiratory distress.
What is a #fever and when should you worry...
You may know fevers make you feel bad, but do you know why they occur? And what exactly is a fever? Get the facts you need about fevers.
Can Zicam Cold Remedy Help Shorten Your Cold?
Zicam cold remedy is a homeopathic medication that claims to shorten the duration and severity of the common cold. Find out more about zicam cold remedy.
Stomach Flu vs Seasonal Flu: What's the...
What is the difference between influenza and the
What’s the Difference Between a Cold and...
The common cold and the flu are both respiratory illnesses with similar symptoms, find out what their differences are.
Why Do I Have a Summer Cold?
Wondering why you have a summer cold? Find out what you need to know about this surprisingly common phenomenon and learn why you might have a cold during the summer.
Bronchitis or Bronchiolitis?
Two very similar sounding illnesses are not exactly the same. Bronchitis and bronchiolitis both affect the airways that lead to the lungs, but bronchitis is
Should You Take Allergy Medications for a Cold?
Should you take allergy medications for a cold? Find out if those antihistamines will actually do anything for your cold symptoms.
How Long Is the Flu Contagious?
Do you have the flu and wonder if you are contagious or for how long? Find out whether or not the flu is contagious and how long you should stay away from other people if you get it.
4 Ways to Treat Your Cold at Home
Get tips and ideas on treating your cold at home so you will feel better faster and avoid a trip to the doctor.
What You Need to Know About Influenza A
What is influenza A and how is it different from other types of influenza? Learn more about the most common type of flu and how it can affect you.
Can Cinnamon and Honey Cure the Flu?
Is there any truth to the claim that has spread on social media that a combination of cinnamon and honey can cure the flu?
Cough and Cold Medications for Children
When you have kids it can be hard to figure out which kind of cold and cough medications are safe and which aren't. Get the information you need here.
Should You Take DayQuil Cold and Flu?
DayQuil Cold and Flu is a multi-purpose medication used to treat several symptoms of the cold and flu. Find out if DayQuil Cold and Flu is right for you and your symptoms.
Nonproductive Cough
Learn about the non productive or dry cough. What does it mean and how do you know which type of cough you have?
Chicka-what? What Is the Chikungunya Virus and...
Find out what the chikungunya virus is and what it might mean for you and your family. This mosquito-borne illness is spreading - know what to watch for.
10 Symptoms of the Stomach Flu
Could you have symptoms of the stomach flu? There can be more to it than just vomiting and diarrhea. Find out what you need to watch for.
Should You Take Ibuprofen for Your Cold or Flu?
Millions of people use ibuprofen to relieve pain and reduce fevers, but is it right for you? Find out more about this common over the counter medication.
5 Reasons You Should See a Doctor if You Have a...
When is a sore throat just irritating and when does it warrant a trip to the doctor? Find out when to seek medical attention and when to stay home.
Over-the-Counter Cough and Cold Medications for...
Many over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold medications are available for children; these are only appropriate for children who are 4 years old and older. Learn about OTC cough and cold medications for children.
Is There a Medication for All Your Cold and Flu...
Pharmacy aisles are filled with multi-symptom cold and flu medications, but how do you know which one to take? Learn about some common options.
Should You Use Delsym for Your Cough?
Delsym is an over the counter cough medicine. It is a cough suppressant, which means it helps to stop you from coughing. Delsym is the only over the counter cough medicine that lasts for 12 hours.
Home Remedies to Treat Your Cold and Flu
Whether you have a cold or the flu, you probably want to get rid of it. We have plenty of cold and flu treatment options for you to get your back on your feet quickly.
6 Ways to Tell if You Have the Flu
Feeling sick but not sure if it is really the flu? Check your symptoms and find out if you have the flu.
Have questions about the #flushot? Get the...
Do you have flu shot questions? Get the answers and facts you need to make an informed and educated decision about your health.
What You Can Do About Your Cold and Flu Symptoms
Cold and flu symptoms leave most of us feeling miserable. When a runny nose and cough start bothering you, what do you do? Our guide can help you figure out what is causing and what to do about your cold and flu symptoms.
Are Cold Sores and Fever Blisters Caused by...
Do you get cold sores every time you get sick? Is your cold actually causing them? Find out what is going on and what you can do about it.
What is the BRAT Diet?
What is the BRAT diet? Find out why you need to know about the BRAT diet and whether or not you should follow it.
10 Signs and Symptoms of Pneumonia
Do you know the signs and symptoms of pneumonia? Learn which are most common and what to watch for.
Don't cough on me! Should you be concerned...
Do you know whether or not bronchitis is contagious? Find out if it something you and your family should be concerned about and just how it spreads.
What Is the Cold/Flu?
Knowing the difference between the cold and flu can be tricky. The symptoms are similar, but there are some very important differences. Find what makes a cold different from the flu.
How the Flu Affects Pregnant Women
When a pregnant woman gets the flu, she is more likely to suffer complications than a healthy woman who is not pregnant. Learn more about how the flu affects women during pregnancy.
All About Cold Medicine
While it can do great things to help improve your symptoms, cold medicine can also have side effects and be very confusing when trying to decide which one is for you. Learn more about what cold medicine is available and how to choose the best one for your symptoms.
What is the High Dose Flu Vaccine?
What is the high dose flu vaccine and who is it for? Find out what the high dose flu vaccine is, who should get it, and why we now have it.
Have a cold or the flu? THIS is when you should...
If you have any of the common symptoms of a cold or the flu, you may wonder when you need to see a doctor. Find out here.
Flu Deaths Per Year
We often hear how dangerous the flu is, but do you know how many flu deaths per year there are? Find out how serious the flu really is and the number of hospitalizations and flu deaths per year that are due to influenza.
What Is Viral Pneumonia?
Viral pneumonia is one of the most common types of pneumonia. Caused by any number of viruses, learn more about this infection and what you should do if you get it.
Before You Treat Your Cold
There are many options for treating your cold symptoms but not all of them are right for every person. Find out which cold treatment is best for you.
Cough Suppressants
Learn about cough suppressants, including what they should be used for, how they work, and the most commonly used over-the-counter types.
A Terrible Stomach Flu
The dreaded stomach flu is almost always going around and everyone hates it. But it isn't actually related to the flu at all. Find out more about this common virus and how it can affect you.
Looking for a natural #cough solution? Try...
Learn about Zarbee's Naturals products. We talk with the developer of these natural honey based cough and cold products.
Before You Buy Tylenol
Do you know what Tylenol is? Here you will find information about Tylenol, what it can do for you and what you should know before you take it.
Can Decongestants Help You?
Find out how decongestants work to relieve your cold, flu or upper respiratory infection symptoms.
Your Flu Vaccine Options
Do you know what your flu vaccine options are? If you want to be vaccinated against the flu, there is more than just the flu shot out there.
Is There a "Stomach Flu" Going Around?
I hear this question a lot. Unfortunately, there is almost always some type of gastrointestinal virus (stomach flu) circulating. These GI bugs cause really
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