August 24, 2017 by Contributor in Cold and Flu
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Have Fun at the Fair, But Don’t Pet the Pigs

Latest Cold and Flu News WEDNESDAY, Aug. 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) — You go to the fair for corn dogs and cotton candy, not an infectious swine flu. Researchers are warning that flu can spread among pigs at agricultural fairs and then make the leap to humans, which could potentially

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August 18, 2017 by Contributor in Cold and Flu
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Health Tip: Flu Season is Around the Corner

Latest Cold and Flu News (HealthDay News) — For many people basking in the warmth of summer, the flu season may seem like a distant memory. Truth is, the start of the next one is only a month or two away. The U.S. Veterans Administration reminds us about the possible

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August 11, 2017 by Contributor in Cold and Flu
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Is Laryngitis Contagious?

What is laryngitis? The definition of laryngitis is an inflammation of the larynx (the voice box that contains the vocal cords). In laryngitis the vocal cords that are responsible for sounds made by the voice become inflamed and possibly swollen, which results in a voice change that may sound hoarse,

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August 09, 2017 by Contributor in Cold and Flu
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Zinc for Colds: Lozenges & Nasal Sprays

Introduction You’ve probably heard a lot about zinc for colds. But is zinc really effective for reducing the duration of cold symptoms? Here’s what you should know about zinc and colds. What is zinc? Zinc is an essential mineral that is found in almost every cell. Zinc has antioxidant effects

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August 08, 2017 by Contributor in Cold and Flu
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guaifenesin and phenylephrine, Sudafed PE Non-Drying Sinus Caplets, (Entex, discontinued)

What is guaifenesin, phenylephrine, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Guaifenesin/phenylephrine is a medication that contains two different drugs, an expectorant (guaifenesin) and a decongestant (phenylephrine). The expectorant effects of guaifenesin promote drainage of mucus from the lungs by thinning the mucus. It also lubricates the irritated respiratory

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August 08, 2017 by Contributor in Cold and Flu
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influenza vaccine live intranasal; FluMist, FluMist Quadrivalent

What is influenza nasal vaccine, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? FluMist is a nasal vaccine that protects against infection with the influenza virus or the “flu.” FluMist contains live influenza virus that has been weakened so that it causes minimal or no symptoms. When FluMist is inhaled,

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