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Cold, Flu, & Cough Health Center

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Is it cold or allergy? Cold or flu? Learn more about cold symptoms and how these differ from other conditions. Also, learn about common cold complications such as sinusitis and bronchitis or chest cold.


Got a raspy cough? Can’t stop sneezing? Maybe you feel achy and fatigued. Chances are you have a cold. Learn about common cold symptoms so you’ll know if you need to call the doctor.

Can you tell the difference between a cold and an allergy? Discover the difference between colds and allergies so you’ll know how to treat your stuffy head, runny nose, and congestion.

Sore throat, nasal congestion, coughing … is it a cold or the flu? It’s important to know the difference since prompt treatment may help lessen the flu. Check out this handy chart so you’ll be prepared.


When normal cold symptoms turn into sinusitis, bronchitis, sore throat, or ear infections, you may need medical treatment. Learn about cold complications — the symptoms, the treatment, and when to call the doctor.

When your nasal congestion and postnasal drip continue long after your cold should be over, you may have a sinus infection (sinusitis). Learn more about sinus infections and how this common problem is treated.

If you’ve ever had an ear infection, you know how painful it can be. Discover the causes of middle ear infections (otitis media) with colds and steps you can take now to ease the pain.

How bad are your sinus problems? Find out with WebMD's Allergy & Sinus Symptom Evaluator.

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