COLD & 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.
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The Ultimate Starving a Fever Quiz

You've heard it before – stuff a cold and starve a fever – but is this sound medical advice? Where did this bizarre treatment method come from anyway and what really happens to your body when you starve a fever? Take this quiz and learn about the effects of starving a fever.

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  • 10 Reasons You Have a Runny Nose

    10 Reasons You Have a Runny Nose

    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. See more »

  • 10 Ways Not to Catch Your Kid's Cold

    10 Ways Not to Catch Your Kid's Cold

    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." See more »

  • 5 Benefits of Zinc When Fighting a Cold

    5 Benefits of Zinc When Fighting a Cold

    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? See more »

  • How do you know if you have swine flu or seasonal flu?

    How do you know if you have swine flu or seasonal flu?

    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? See more »

  • Should you really feed a cold?

    Should you really feed a cold?

    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? See more »

  • Should you really starve a fever?

    Should you really starve a fever?

    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. See more »

  • What causes the common cold?

    What causes the common cold?

    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. See more »

  • When are colds and the flu the most contagious?

    When are colds and the flu the most contagious?

    Many of us understand that we're most contagious before we start feeling sick. Find out when colds and the flu are most easily spread. See more »

  • Will going out with wet hair really give you a cold?

    Will going out with wet hair really give you a cold?

    "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? See more »

  • 5 Tips for Choosing a Cold-reduction Medicine

    5 Tips for Choosing a Cold-reduction Medicine

    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. See more »

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