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Cold, Flu, & Cough Health Center

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Learn which cold medicines to take, which ones are safe, and which ones may cause problems, especially if you have high blood pressure, asthma, or diabetes. Also, learn more about natural remedies and find the most effective cold treatment for you.


It’s hard to find good relief for a cold. Before you select a cold medicine, learn more about the available treatment options -- what works and what doesn’t -- so you can effectively treat your cold symptoms.

Decongestant or antihistamine? How do you know which cold medicine works best for you? Learn more about decongestants and antihistamines. Using the WebMD chart, find the cold medicine that fits your cold symptoms.

Learn more about nasal sprays and how this type of cold remedy may help you breathe better.

Got a cold and nagging cough? Learn more about different types of cough syrups and how they work to stop a cough. Then find the cough medicine that’s both safe and effective.

Has your cold left you achy and tired? Which medicine should you take for pain relief? Get the latest information on pain relief with colds and find a medicine that’s effective — and safe.

Antibiotics cure everything, right? No! Before you take an antibiotic medicine for your cold, read this health topic. Antibiotics do not cure viruses, and the common cold is a virus.

Children have special needs when you’re giving them medication. Find the latest safety information about giving your child cold medicine.

Special Situations

If you catch a cold and also have a chronic medical condition such as asthma, heart disease, or diabetes, cold symptoms may cause serious health problems. Find out the specific steps you should consider when you catch a common cold, and then talk to your doctor about appropriate treatment of cold symptoms.

Living with asthma is no easy task, and when you catch a cold, it can make breathing more difficult. Discover some helpful tips on treating your asthma so you can breathe easier — even with cold.

Catching a cold when you have heart disease poses a greater danger, because the cold makes it difficult to take in oxygen as efficiently as you should. Learn more about heart disease and colds so you will know when to call your doctor for medical treatment.

If you have diabetes, a common cold makes it difficult to keep your blood glucose levels balanced. Learn which cold medicines you should avoid and the importance of testing your blood sugar frequently.

With HIV or AIDS, you are more susceptible to colds and serious cold complications such a pneumonia. Read why it’s hard to fight respiratory infections, and learn some steps you can take to stay well.

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