Cold and Flu

Cold and flu can be extremely contagious and are usually more common at certain times of the year. Learn about the differences between the common cold and the flu, as well as symptoms and effective treatment methods.


This flu season, beware of coughers, sneezers ... and loud talkers?

Is September too early and December too late? Or does the timing matter less than you might think for a flu shot?

Flu's symptoms, from body aches to cough and fever, are legendary. But what causes all that misery? Look below to find out why you feel so awful.

Do you know what happens when the flu hits you? Here is the ultimate guide to the flu.

If you're blowing your nose every time you feel stuffed-up, stop. Learn more about blowing your nose less, save on congestion and tissue.

One common misconception is that getting a flu shot could cause someone to get the flu. You can learn more about who the CDC recommends get the flu shot from this article.

Sniff, blow, wipe … sniff, blow, wipe … It's the seemingly endless cycle of a runny nose. But what makes our schnoz get soppy? Read on for some of the most common causes of reaching for the box of tissues.

Because a cold is a virus, all you can do is treat your symptoms with medications and lifestyle changes. Learn how to get rid of a cold fast in this article.

If you want to stop a runny nose, you can take an antihistamine or try a home remedy. Learn how to stop a runny nose from the article below.

You can get rid of a persistent cough without medication. Learn about how to stop coughing in this article.

With 200 viruses that can cause a cold and its symptoms -- sneezing, coughing, sore throat and more -- it's no wonder folks will do everything they can to stop sickness in its tracks. But is zinc an effective treatment in beating the common cold?

While there's no cure for the common cold, there's a plethora of medications designed to relieve those pesky, uncomfortable symptoms. Our list of tips for choosing a cold-reduction medicine will help you on your way to feeling better soon.

Each year, more than 1 billion Americans catch a cold. More than 200 viruses cause these colds, and unfortunately, there's no cure or vaccination. What you can do when you find yourself or your family down for the count?

When cold and flu season arrives, you might want to relocate your family to a secluded island to avoid getting sick. A vacation would be nice, but what if you could keep yourself and your family healthy at home with a few common-sense precautions?

Kids and germs seem to go hand in hand. They get the cold from school, pass it on to you and soon the whole household is sick. But it's not inevitable. Here are some ways to lessen your chance of getting that "gift."

If you've ever had to work through a nasty cold, you may have asked yourself why you ended up so sick in the first place.

CDC recommends that people 65 and older get their regular, or 'seasonal,' flu vaccine as soon as it is available. Check out facts, tips, and preventative information about the cold and flu for the elderly.

The best way to prevent seasonal flu is by getting a seasonal flu vaccination each year. Check out facts, tips, and preventative information about the cold and flu.

You might have your own beliefs about the effectiveness of getting vaccinating, but they are effective ways of protecting you from developing a severe case of the flu. Check out facts, tips, and preventative information about the cold and flu.

Although the noise about the swine flu and has quieted down, there are still precaution you should take to protect yourself from becoming infected. Check out facts, tips, and preventative information about the swine flu.

"Don't go outside with a wet head or you'll catch your death of cold!" It's a warning that's been passed from one generation of parents to the next. But is it a warning worth heeding?

During flu season, there's danger everywhere you look: the kindergartener wiping her nose, your sneezing seatmate on the plane, the co-worker who's hacking up a lung. Is your impending case of sniffles swine flu?

If you have a fever, is the only prescription more cowbell, as SNL would have you believe? Or does the solution lie in fasting, as an old adage says? Put a cold washcloth on that burning forehead and find out.

When your mom spooned you chicken noodle soup to help you get over a cold, she was on to something. Why is it a good idea to eat when you have a cold, and what kinds of foods bring you back to health?

Ignoring symptoms of an illness can be dangerous in many cases. Check out this list of symptoms and what they typically signal.