You've heard them -- flu-sick sneezers and coughers at the office, day care, shopping mall, or grocery store. Avoiding the flu is no small matter.
So what can you do? One sure flu prevention tip is to avoid close contact with people who are sick. Anyone who is at high risk from the seasonal flu -- like young children and older adults -- should avoid crowds and public places during the usual flu season, from late October to mid-March.
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Sometimes a cold causes swelling in the nose or lungs. That can lead to other problems, like these:
Sinus infection (sinusitis): This happens when a cold virus infects your sinuses -- the hollow areas in the bones of your cheeks, forehead, and under your eyes. These areas swell, and your body makes more mucus. It’s a perfect place for bacteria to grow and thrive. You may get a headache, fever, and some or all of these symptoms:
A severely stuffed up nose
Less sense of smell and taste
Thick yellow or green mucus
Pain or pressure near your sinuses that gets worse when you bend over
A cough that’s worse at night
See your doctor if these symptoms are severe, you still feel bad after 7 days, or if you get better and then get worse.