Cold & Flu Basics

Colds and flu affect most people at some point. Common colds are minor upper respiratory infections caused by hundreds of different viruses and are highly contagious. Influenza is one of the most common infectious viral diseases. The flu may be prevented in many people who receive the flu vaccine. Bird flu is caused by viruses that in rare cases may spread from birds to people.

Flu

How to treat the flu?

It’s the same story every year, once the month of November arrives, cases of influenza multiply all over Europe to quickly reach, at a minimum, the 10% to 15% of the sick population on the old continent. If the majority have almost no trouble recovering from it, this is not the case for subjects who …

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Flu

Flu – Causes, Signs and symptoms

Also called: Influenza, Seasonal Flu, Grippe Reviewed By:David Slotnick, M.D. Summary The flu is one of the most common infectious diseases caused by a virus. It is highly contagious and in the United States infects up to 20 percent of the population in some years. Of those infected, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized and …

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Common Cold

Common Cold

Also called: Acute Nasopharyngitis Reviewed By:David Slotnick, M.D. Summary Colds are minor infections of the upper respiratory tract that can be caused by hundreds of different viruses. They are among the most common illnesses in the United States, with some authorities reporting an average of 1 billion cases of the common cold every year. Cold …

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Cold vs Allergies

Cold vs. Allergies

Reviewed By:Norman Klein, M.D., FAAAAI Summary Colds, infections, flu and allergies all involve the immune system – the body’s mechanism for resisting disease and infection. The immune system produces antibodies to eliminate foreign substances. In the case of a cold, infection or flu, the foreign bodies are harmful bacteria or viruses. The immune system attacks …

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Cold Symptom Relief

Cold Symptom Relief

Reviewed By:David Slotnick, M.D. Summary Several remedies are available to reduce cold symptoms such as sneezing, a runny nose, watery eyes and coughing. These include various over-the-counter medications and self-care techniques. Medications that may be used to relieve symptoms of the common cold include: Decongestants. People with a stuffy nose may find relief by using …

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