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.

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The Spanish flu was the deadliest disease outbreak in modern history. How did it start and despite all our healthcare advances, why could it happen again?

By Alia Hoyt

Weather-driven sickness is a thing, but it isn't always the temperature that is the direct cause of the resulting illness.

By Michelle Konstantinovsky

With so many germs flying about this time of year it can be tricky to figure out what ails you. Take this quiz to test your cold versus flu IQ!

By Alia Hoyt


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.

By Discovery Fit and Health Writers

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.

By Elizabeth Seward

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.

By Melanie Radzicki McManus

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

By Contributors


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?

By Elizabeth Sprouse

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."

By Echo Surina

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.

"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?

By Stephanie Watson


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.

By Patrick J. Kiger

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?

By Patrick J. Kiger

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.

By Julia Layton

If you are looking for advanced treatment or protection against the flu, you might consider getting the pneumococcal vaccine. Check out facts, tips, and preventative information about the pneumococcal vaccine.

By Dr. Rob Danoff


If you want to protect yourself and your family against a virus or flu, you should consider getting the flu shot. Check out facts, tips, and preventative information about the cold and flu.

By writers

If you want to protect yourself and family from getting the flu, you definitely need to check out these 10 tips. Check out facts, tips, and preventative information about the cold and flu.

By writers

If you want to build a defense against the flu, you should stay abreast of the latest flu news. Check out facts, tips, and preventative information about the cold and flu.