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Cold, Flu & Cough

  • Soothe Your Nighttime Cough

    When a cough keeps you awake, you want to get your sleep back on track as soon as possible. Start by doing these five things: Shift your sleeping position. Propping yourself up may quiet your cough long enough to help you fall asleep. “Some people do well with a couple of pillows or sleeping in […]

  • 6 Ways to Avoid Catching a Flu or Cold at Home

    Someone in your house has the flu or a cold, and everyone else is scared of catching it. Try these six strategies to stay healthy. Teach Good Coughing and Sneezing Habits Colds and flu are spread mostly by direct contact. When a sick person coughs or sneezes, virus droplets can travel 6 feet or more. […]

  • Which Habits Really Help You Avoid Colds and Flu?

    There’s a chill in the air, tree branches are bare, and the holidays have come and gone. It can mean only one thing: Cold and flu season has officially arrived. Fortunately, you can take some steps that really safeguard against germs. But others you may have heard of don’t work as well, or at all. Here, […]

  • CDC: Flu Season Has Started, Could Be Severe

    Jan. 3, 2017 — Coughing, aching, got a high fever and extreme fatigue? You could have the flu. Shortly before Christmas, labs across the country started to see more positive flu tests. That uptick is often the first sign that flu season is underway. “It definitely looks like flu season is here,” says Lynnette Brammer, […]

  • How Do You Catch a Cold or the Flu?

    At the first sign of a cold or flu, you may wonder how it happened — especially if you’ve taken steps to avoid germs. Here’s exactly how you get sick, and what you need to know to protect yourself next time. Viruses spread through tiny droplets in the air that are released when a sick […]

  • ‘Flu-Like’ Illnesses Spread Misery Nationwide

    March 14, 2017 — School public health nurse Carol Hutchinson knew flu-like illnesses were spreading in her area of Virginia in late February, long before she felt symptoms. “It was in all the schools I go to. I got sick right after the peak started here,” she says. “Normally we build up immunity in my […]

  • The Effective Methods To Prevent and Treat Colds

    The Effective Methods To Prevent and Treat Colds

    Well! There are several basic and effective methods that can help you avoid colds altogether. These are really obvious, but obviously not practiced enough. 1. Stay home when you’re sick (and keep your kids home when they’re sick, too). Yup, the first step in prevention is to not go out when you’re spewing viral particles, […]

  • Hot Toddies Are the Better Recipes For Your Cold

    Hot Toddies Are the Better Recipes For Your Cold

    When it comes to winter colds, it does really a bitch. It’s already freezing outside and then your head fills up with congestion, your throat gets dry and scratchy, and a barking cough gives you sore abs. Obviously you want to cut this torture as short as possible, but turning to cough medicine might not […]

  • Epilepsy Drug Gabapentin Calms Chronic Cough

    Epilepsy Drug Gabapentin Calms Chronic Cough Nearly 3 in 4 Users Had Improved Quality-of-Life Scores By Salynn BoylesWebMD Health News Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD Aug. 27, 2012 — A drug used to treat epilepsy and chronic pain after shingles also appears to be effective for another persistent condition: chronic cough. About 1 in 10 […]

  • Half of Pregnant Women, Newborns Risk Flu

    Half of Pregnant Women, Newborns Risk Flu By Daniel J. DeNoonWebMD Health News Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD Sept. 27, 2012 — Half of pregnant women don’t get flu shots, putting themselves and their child at risk of severe flu. The finding comes from a CDC survey showing that during last year’s flu season, 53% […]

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