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Cold & Flu: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Page 4.
What Is the MERS Virus?
Have you heard of the MERS virus? Find out more about this SARS-like virus that was first identified in 2012. Get the information you need to protect yourself and your family.
How to Choose the Best Over-the-Counter Cough...
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 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.
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.
How to Check for a Fever by Using a Thermometer
You need to know how to use a thermometer if you or your child has a fever. It may be harder than you think and there are quite a few options out there. Find out what you need to know about how to use a thermometer to check your fever.
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.
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.
Is Your Pet Making You Sick?
People often wonder if they will pass their cold on to their dog or if they can catch something from their cat. Find out what you can and can't catch from your family pet and when your pet can make you sick.
How to Treat and Avoid Colds During Pregnancy
Getting colds when you are pregnant presents a whole new set of challenges. Treatment options are different because you may not be able to take your regular cold medications. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Detect Breathing Problems in Children
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.
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.
Vomiting and Diarrhea
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.
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.
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. Page 3.
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.
How to Choose the Right Over the Counter Pain...
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.
What Is Guillain-Barre Syndrome?
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.
What Is the Stomach Flu?
The stomach flu is a very common illness, but is not related to the flu at all. Find out what the symptoms of the stomach flu are and what you can do about it.
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.
Is Pneumonia Contagious?
Wondering whether or not pneumonia is contagious? Learn about how pneumonia occurs and whether or not it is contagious.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Before You Buy Benadryl
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.
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.
The Common Cold
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.
If you are concerned about a fever, find out at what point you need to see a doctor or health care provider.
Vomiting Treatments
The first step for treating your vomiting. Feel better faster with this step-by-step guide to vomiting treatments.
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.
Choosing the Right Humidifier
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.
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.
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 Nursing Mothers Breastfeed While Sick?
Many new mothers want to know if they can breastfeed while sick. Will the illness pass on to the baby? Find out if it's safe for nursing mothers to breastfeed while they are sick.
Why Did I Get Sick After I Had 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.
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.
Symptoms of 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.
Do Fevers Cause Brain Damage?
Many people are concerned that a fever will cause brain damage, especially if left untreated. Is there any truth to this claim? Find out if fevers can cause brain damage.
What Causes 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.
Productive Cough
Easy to understand definition of the common medical term, productive cough. Including examples of what a productive cough is.
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.
Do You Have a Cold or the Flu? Cold
Your answers indicate you have multiple symptoms of the common cold.
What To Do When You Get the Flu
When you get the flu, you most likely immediately want to know what to do and how to make it go away as soon as possible. Find step by step instructions on what to do when you get the flu here.
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.
Pain and pressure in your face? It could be a...
Sinus infections are a common complication after a cold, the flu or other respiratory illness. Learn more about this infection and how it can affect you.
Before You Buy Mucinex
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.
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.
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?
Do You Have Allergies or a Cold? Cold
Your answers indicate you have multiple symptoms of the common cold.
Tamiflu is an antiviral prescription drug used to treat influenza. Find out what you need to know about Tamiflu before you take it.
Itchy Eyes
Why do our eyes itch? There are many causes of itchy eyes and treatment usually depends on the cause. Find out the most common causes of itchy eyes.
All About E. Coli
E. coli is a food-borne illness that often causes vomiting and diarrhea when it infects humans. Find out more about E. coli, what the symptoms are, how to treat it and how to prevent it.
Acute Bronchitis Treatments
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.
Do You Have a Cold or the Flu? Flu
Your answers indicate you have multiple symptoms of the flu.
Feed a Cold and Starve a Fever?
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.
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.
Do I 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.
Do you have a cough and aren't sure if you need to see a doctor? Find out when you should see your doctor for a cough.
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.
Before You Take Your Child 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.
Otitis Media with Effusion - 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.
Kids and Cough Medications
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.
2013 - 2014 Flu
What to expect for the 2013 - 2014 flu season and how it might affect you and your family.
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.
Check 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.
Walking Pneumonia
A definition of walking pneumonia. What it is, what causes it and what means for you.
Do you have symptoms of the stomach flu? What...
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.
Itchy Throat
Wondering what is causing that itchy throat? Learn about causes of itchy throats.
Could that #cough really be #pneumonia? Learn...
Do you know the signs and symptoms of pneumonia? Learn which are most common and what to watch for.
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.
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.
Is it a Cold or the Flu?
The common cold and the flu are both respiratory illnesses with similar symptoms, find out what their differences are.
Flu Activity by State
Flu activity changes all the time, especially during flu season. Find out how bad the flu is in your state or around the world.
Should You Exercise When 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.
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.
Should I Call in Sick?
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.
Learn About Different Types of Flu
Did you know there are several different types of flu? Even when it comes to seasonal flu, there are three different types - two of which cause serious illness in humans. Learn about all the types of flu, how they are classified and what they mean to you.
Before You Buy Antihistamines
Learn how antihistamines work and how they may help relieve your sneezing, itching and runny nose.
Using Antiviral Medications for the Flu
Antiviral medications can be very effective to either shorten the duration of the flu or keep you from getting it. Find out more about antiviral medications, including when and how to use them.
Do You Have Allergies or a Cold? Allergies
Your answers indicate you have multiple symptoms of allergies.
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.
Sore Throat
When is a sore throat just irritating and when does it warrant a trip to the doctor? Find out when to see a doctor for a sore throat.
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.
Itchy Eye Treatments
Itchy eye treatments based on what is causing your symptoms. When you should be concerned about your itchy eyes and what you can do to get relief.
Seasonal Flu vs. Stomach Flu
: Seasonal Flu vs. Stomach Flu People often get confused about the differences between the flu, or influenza,
Evaluate Your Itch
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.
What Is RSV?
A common, but potentially very serious illness, RSV is a respiratory illness that can be very dangerous for babies - particularly premature infants under 2 years old.
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.
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.
Before You Buy Sudafed PE
Sudafed PE is a popular over the counter decongestant used to treat cold and flu symptoms. Find out if it is right for you.
What is Scarlet Fever
Scarlet fever is an infection similar to strep throat, except it includes a rash. Learn about the symptoms of scarlet fever, how it is diagnosed and how it is treated. Find out what you need to know about scarlet fever.
What You Can Do to Prevent H1N1 Swine Flu
The swine flu, or H1N1 flu (which is actually a combination of swine, bird and human influenza viruses), is the 21st century's first flu pandemic. It has developed the ability to transmit from human to human. There are some steps you can take to protect yourself and your family. Learn what you can do about H1N1 swine flu.
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?
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.
Before You Buy Delsym
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.
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.
Can You Get the Flu In The Summer?
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 what your chances are of getting the flu in the summer.
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.
What Is Influenza A?
What is influenza A and how is it different from other types of influenza? There are hundreds of strains of influenza that fall into three major categories. Learn more about influenza A and how it can affect you.
Multi-Symptom Cold and Flu Medications
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.
How to 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.
All About Tetanus Shots
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.
Before You Buy 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.
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.
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.
Single-Symptom Cold and Flu Medications
Do you need a decongestant, cough medication or something more natural to get relief from your cold and flu symptoms? Sort through the options here.
What Is Parainfluenza?
Have you or your child been diagnosed with parainfluenza? Find out more about parainfluenza including what it means for you, symptoms and treatment options.
Before You Buy Decongestants
Find out how decongestants work to relieve your cold, flu or upper respiratory infection symptoms. Learn more about this common type of medication.
Norovirus - The "Cruise Ship Virus"
What It Is: Norovirus is the number one cause of gastroenteritis, or stomach flu, in the United States.
Seasonal Allergies Symptoms
Do you have seasonal allergies symptoms? Learn whether your symptoms could be caused by seasonal allergies.
What Is Salmonella?
Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause infections in humans. Symptoms of salmonella infections (salmonellosis) include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps.
Your Flu Treatment Options
Looking for flu treatment options? If you have been diagnosed with the flu, or believe you have it, there are many flu treatment options for you to consider. Learn about various flu treatments and discover which one is right for you and your symptoms.
Expectorants are one type of cough medication. Learn about expectorants, including what the word means, and how they can help you.
Caring 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.
Allergy Season Survival Guide
Everything you need to get you through allergy season. Get tips on how to determine if you have allergies, how to deal with the symptoms and treatment options.
Before You Treat Your Cold at Home
Most people don't feel the need to go to the doctor when they have a cold. But you may not be sure how to treat your cold at home. These tips will give you some great ideas about how to treat a cold at home.
Caring for a Child With the Flu
No one likes having the flu, it is a miserable illness and makes pretty much everyone feel horrible. Caring for a child with the flu isn't much fun either. There are some special considerations to take into account when caring for a child with the flu.
Types of Ear Infections
There are several different types of ear infections. Some are common, while others are very rare. Learn about these different types of ear infections and what treatments they may need.
Zicam Cold Remedy
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.
Learn the Right Way to Wash Your Hands and...
Effective hand washing is the most important and easiest way to prevent the spread of illness. Learn how to wash your hands the right way.
What Is a Fever?
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.
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.
Before You Buy Sudafed
Sudafed is a nasal decongestant used for many upper respiratory illnesses. Learn more and see if Sudafed is right for you.
Learn about intercostal retracting and what it means. If you or someone you care for is having difficulty breathing, you need to know what it is.
Get the information you need in Flu Shots 101
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.
Groups at High Risk for Flu Complications
Certain groups of people are at higher risk for complications from the flu than others. Find out who is at high risk for flu complications and what they can do to protect themselves from the flu.
Flu Symptoms in Children
Flu symptoms in children can be different from those in adults. Find out what common flu symptoms are for children and what you can do if your child is experiencing them.
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.
What you need to know about aspirin. This common pain reliever and fever reducer is used for many things by millions of people. Learn about the risks and benefits of aspirin, and see if it's right for you.
Before You Buy NyQuil
NyQuil is a popular over the counter cold and flu medication. But what is in it and is it right for you? Learn more about this common medication.
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?
What Causes Stomach Flu?
Many different things can cause the stomach flu, although none of them are actually the influenza virus. Learn about the causes of stomach flu and find out more about this common and unpleasant illness.
If you have had congestion for over a week, you may need to see a doctor. Find out when to see a doctor for your congestion.
Comparing Symptoms of the Cold, Flu and H1N1...
Comparing the symptoms of the common cold, seasonal flu and H1N1 swine flu. Learn the symptoms of all three of these illnesses and figure out if you could have a cold, the seasonal flu or H1N1 swine flu.
Mycoplasma Pneumonia
Have you had mycoplasma pneumonia or wondering what it is? Learn more about this type of pneumonia including what the symptoms are your treatment options.

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