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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.
What Are the 2015 Flu Symptoms?
What you need to know about the 2015 flu and the symptoms it is causing. Find out what to expect and how to protect yourself.
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.
Coughing - Causes, Treatments and When To See a...
To determine what is causing your cough and how to treat it, first you have to figure out what type of cough it is.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What will happen if you get a flu shot while...
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.
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.
How Long Is a Cold Contagious?
Does coughing and sniffing with a cold mean you are contagious? Find out how long you should stay at home to avoid spreading your germs to others.
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.
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.
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.
#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.
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 if you do and what they can help prevent.
Evaluate Your Vomiting
To determine the best course of action when you are vomiting, you should begin with how it started. Did it come on suddenly or were you feeling sick for a while first? Determine how the vomiting started and then you can figure out what to do next.
The Facts About Pneumonia Everyone Should Know
Your complete overview of pneumonia, including who is most at risk, causes and treatment options.
Evaluate Fever Symptoms - How to Check Your...
When you have a fever, you need to know what your temperature is. Find out the right way to check your temperature and evaluate your fever.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
What to Expect With Acute Bronchitis
What is acute bronchitis and what does it mean to you? Learn about the symptoms, common treatments and what to expect.
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.
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 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 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.
Do You Have a Cold or the Flu? Cold
Your answers indicate you have multiple symptoms of the common cold.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Are Bacterial Infections?
Find out what a bacterial infection is and how they can affect you.
Can You Really "Catch" Pneumonia?
Wondering whether or not pneumonia is contagious? Did you know there are over 30 different types? See how this infection occurs and how it's spread.
Does Cold Weather Really Make Us Sick?
Many people believe the cold weather will make you sick. Find out how weather affects our health and if the cold can give you a cold or flu.
Preservative-Free Flu Vaccine
The preservative free flu vaccine is an option for people who want to avoid vaccines that contain thimerosal.
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.
The REAL Side Effects of the Flu Shot
Although flu shots are largely considered safe and effective, they are not without their risks. Learn all about flu shot side effects.
Can I Have Sex When I'm Sick?
Should you have sex if you are sick? Find out how common illnesses are spread and what the risks to yourself and your partner might be.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Do You Have a Cold or the Flu? Flu
Your answers indicate you have multiple symptoms of the flu.
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.
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.
Is that normal? Common (and not so common) flu...
If you are considering getting a flu shot, you should know what the potential reactions are.
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.
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 are and what you can do about it.
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.
Is Your Child Having Trouble Breathing?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
How Long Does Bronchitis Last?
What to expect when you have acute bronchitis. Find out how long it could last and what you can do to get relief.
The 7 Things You Should Do When You Get the Flu
Find step by step instructions on what to do when you get the flu here.
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 I Use Flonase or Nasacort AQ for My Cold?
Nasal spray corticosteroids such as Flonase and Nasacort AQ are very popular medications, but can they give you relief from your cold symptoms?
Walking Pneumonia
A definition of walking pneumonia. What it is, what causes it and what means for you.
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.
Itchy Throat? The 4 Most Common Causes to Know
Wondering what is causing that itchy throat? Learn about causes of itchy throats.
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 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.
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’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.
Everything You Need to Know About the Flu
A complete overview of the flu. Everything you need to know about influenza season, symptoms, prevention and treatment measures.
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.
Know The Signs: When Is a Fever Too High?
Your guide to fevers. At what point is it too high and what should you watch for if you or your child has one?
Got the flu? When you should head to the...
Most people don't need to Find out when you should go to the hospital with flu symptoms and when you should stay home.
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.
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.
Pneumonia Treatments
Wondering what your pneumonia treatment options are? Find out what you can do and what treatments you might expect if you are diagnosed with pneumonia.
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.
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.
Could You Have the Flu? How To Know For Sure
Feeling sick but not sure if it is really the flu? Check your symptoms and find out if you have the flu.
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.
What You Should Do When You Get the Stomach Flu
Think you have a stomach flu? Check your symptoms so you know what is causing it and what you can do about it.
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.
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.
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.
Stomach Flu vs Seasonal Flu: What's the...
What is the difference between influenza and the
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.
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.
Should You Be Concerned About Scarlet Fever?
Learn about the symptoms of scarlet fever, how it is diagnosed and how it is treated.
What You Need to Know Before You Buy Robitussin...
Robitussin DM is an over-the-counter cough suppressant and expectorant. Learn how Robitussin DM helps control your cough.
Is It Really Possible to Get the Flu From a Flu...
Many people do not want to get a flu shot because they are concerned they may get the flu. Is there any truth to this concern?
The Many Causes of Stomach "Flu" (None of them...
Learn about the causes of stomach flu and find out more about this common and unpleasant illness.
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’s Causing Your Itchy Nose?
Do you have any itchy nose? Find out what is causing that irritating itch in your nose.
Bacterial Pneumonia
Do you know what bacterial pneumonia is and how it will affect you if you get it? Find out more about this type of pneumonia and what your options are if you get it.
Common Types and Causes of Pneumonia
Did you know there are multiple types of pneumonia? Learn more about them and how they could affect you or someone you care for.
Can You Get a Flu Shot With a Fever?
We have all heard that flu vaccines are our best option for prevention but do you know when to get one? Can you get a flu shot with a fever?
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.
Can Robitussin and Motrin Cause Heart Attacks...
Is it actually dangerous for kids to take Motrin and Robitussin together?
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.
How Long Does the Stomach Flu Last?
How long does the stomach flu last? Find out what to expect if you get it and what you can do to feel better.
How to Treat Your Itchy and Watery Eyes
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.
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.
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.
Will Allergy Medications Even Help With Cold...
Should you take allergy medications for a cold? Find out if those antihistamines will actually do anything for your cold symptoms.
When Should Your Child Go to the Doctor?
Dr. Jennifer Shu answers parents' questions about when to take their children to the doctor during cold and flu season.
What You Should Know About Bronchiolitis If You...
Bronchiolitis is a common childhood respiratory infection. Learn how it could affect your child and find out what you can do if he gets it.
Why Was My Flu Test Negative?
It happens to a lot of people. Find out why your flu test might have been negative and see what you can and should do now.
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.
How Long Does Pneumonia Last?
Find out how long pneumonia can last when you get it. There are differences depending on which type you have.
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.
Could That Sore Throat Be Tonsillitis?
Tonsillitis is a common throat infection that can affect anyone. Find out more about this common cause of sore throat and what to do if you get it.
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.
Can Decongestants Help You?
Find out how decongestants work to relieve your cold, flu or upper respiratory infection symptoms.
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.
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.
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.
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.
4 Easy Ways to Rinse Your Sinuses
See how rinsing your sinuses can help when you have a stuffy nose or congestion. There are several tools available - find the one that is right for you.
Wheezing: What It Is and Why You Should Care
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.
Diarrhea Treatments: Make It Stop!
If you are dealing with diarrhea, you probably just want to know how to make it stop. We have all of your diarrhea treatment options here.
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?
Can Cinnamon and Honey Really 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?
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.
Can You Use Rubbing Alcohol to Bring Down a...
If you or your child has a fever, should you use rubbing alcohol to bring it down? See if this old remedy actually works and if it's safe.
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.
Should You Use Antihistamines for Your Cold or...
Learn how antihistamines work and how they may help relieve your sneezing, itching and runny nose.
Surefire Signs Your Cold has Turned Into a...
When you have a cold with sinus pain and pressure, how do you know if it has turned into a sinus infection? Find out what to look for and what to do.
Middle Ear Infections - What Is Otitis Media?
Middle ear infections - also known as otitis media - are a common complication of colds and the flu. Find out more about these infections and what you can do.
If You Have a Kid, You Need to Know About Croup
Croup is an illness that affects millions of children every year. It causes a cough with a very distinct sound. Learn what to do if your child has it.
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.
Rheumatic Fever: What It Is and Why You Should...
Rheumatic fever is a serious illness that occurs after a strep infection. Learn about symptoms, treatment options and how it can be prevented.
9 Flu Symptoms in Children
Flu symptoms in children can be different from those in adults. Find out what to watch for in kids and what you can do if your child gets the flu.
How Many People Die From the Flu Each Year?
Learn about yearly flu deaths in the United States and worldwide so you get an accurate picture of how serious influenza really is.
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 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.
6 Ways to Stop a Cough
Are you looking for relief from that irritating, bothersome cough? Get our top 6 tricks for stopping your cough.
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!
B.R.A.T.: The Best Diet When You Have a Stomach...
What is the BRAT diet? Find out why you need to know about the BRAT diet and whether or not you should follow it.
20 Reasons to See a Doctor When You Have the Flu
If you get the flu, do you know when to go to the doctor? Find out when you need to seek medical attention and when you can probably stay home.
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.

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