January 20, 2017 by Contributor in Cold and Flu

Health Tip: Feeling Under the Weather?

Latest Cold and Flu News (HealthDay News) — Even if you’re sick with a cold or the flu, don’t neglect your teeth, the American Dental Association reminds us. The group offers these suggestions: Don’t ever share your toothbrush, especially if you’ve been sick. It’s usually not necessary to get a

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January 18, 2017 by Contributor in Cold and Flu

OTC Cold and Cough Medications

Unsure about the hundreds of cold and flu preparations on the drugstore shelves? You’re not alone. Deciding among the OTC (over-the-counter) remedies for cold, flu, or allergy symptoms can be intimidating, and a basic understanding of the types of drugs contained in these medications can help you make an informed

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January 18, 2017 by Contributor in Cold and Flu

How Long Is a Cold or Flu Contagious?

Are You Too Sick to Work? First and foremost, consider whether you are putting yourself or others at risk if you go to work. You’re putting others at risk if you or your children have a contagious illness (more on that later). You’re putting yourself at risk if the symptoms

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January 18, 2017 by Contributor in Cold and Flu

Strep (Streptococcal) Throat Infection Quiz: Test Your Infectious Disease IQ

Q:Just about any painful sore throat is caused by strep. Q:Just about any painful sore throat is caused by strep. The correct answer is: • False Explanation: Not all painful sore throats are caused by strep. Most sore throats are caused by viruses. Strep throat is caused by streptococcal (strep) bacteria.

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January 17, 2017 by Contributor in Cold and Flu

Why Winter Weather Brings More Flu

Latest Cold and Flu News TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Winter’s first chill may bring an unwelcome guest: flu outbreaks, a new study says. Researchers looked at data on weather and flu cases in Gothenburg, Sweden, and found that flu outbreaks occurred about one week after the first

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January 12, 2017 by Contributor in Cold and Flu

Flu: What to Do if You Get the Flu

What to Do if You Get the Flu What causes the flu (influenza)? Influenza, or the “flu,” is an illness of the breathing system (respiratory system) and muscles caused by a virus. While a vaccine is available to prevent the flu, its effectiveness varies according to the degree of match

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