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  1. 7-Day Menu for Cold and Flu Season

    During cold and flu season, we all know to steer clear of people who are coughing and sneezing. We wash our hands often to avoid germs. What else can we do? Some research suggests that following the right diet can not only help prevent colds and flu, but help ease symptoms if we get sick. Doctors ha

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  2. 8 Tips for Nighttime Cough Relief

    Nighttime coughs can be sleep-wreckers. The key is to soothe your ticklish throat and over-sensitive airways before you go to bed. Drink herbal tea with honey. Get into the habit of having a mug of non-caffeinated tea before bed. "Any warm liquid can help break up mucus in your airways," says Norman

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  3. 10 Home Remedies for the Flu

    Flu symptoms can cause a world of misery, from fever and cough to sore throat, nasal congestion, aches, and chills. But there are ways to feel better. Prescription antiviral drugs may ease symptoms of the flu when taken shortly after you get sick. In many cases, however, simple home remedies may be

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  4. 8 Reasons Your Cough Is Not Improving

    Are you fed up with your stubborn cough? There are many reasons why a cough may not improve, and that can be frustrating for people and their doctors alike. The most common cause of chronic cough is predictable. It's the aftermath of a cold or other viral infection, says Norman H. Edelman, MD, chief

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  5. How to Look Your Best When You Have a Cold

    The aches and pains that come with a cold can keep you from getting enough sleep, robbing your skin of its normal, healthy glow. “Sleep is a very important time because it’s when the body and skin repair themselves,” says New York City dermatologist, Debra Jaliman, MD. “If you don’t get adequate res

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  6. Cough Relief: How to Lose a Bad Cough

    Ah, the joys of winter. Eggnog, ice skating ... (cough cough cough). Constant cough can stop you in your tracks. “Even a little cough can be debilitating,” says Mark Yoder, MD, assistant professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Cold and flu seas

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  7. Getting to the Bottom of a Sore Throat

    First it's that rough feeling, like you swallowed a bit of sandpaper. You know what's next: a sore throat. Is it the start of a cold, strep -- or something else? "For most sore throats, you probably don't need to see a doctor. You can treat it with over-the-counter remedies, take time off from work,

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  8. Is It a Cold or Sinus Infection?

    Watery eyes, a stuffy nose, sneezing: How long these symptoms last can be a clue to what’s causing your congestion. Is it a cold or a sinus infection? If it’s a cold virus, you may find yourself close to a tissue box for several days. Most of the time, colds get better on their own in 10 days or les

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  9. Should I Go to the Clinic for a Cold or Flu?

    Q: I figure I'll pick up a cold or the flu at some point from all the sniffling, coughing students in my classes. How do I know when to seek medical help? A: You're right. Because you spend a lot of time around other people, your chances of getting a cold or the flu this winter are high. Remember to

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  10. Flu Vaccines and Kids

    Every fall, millions of U.S. children get flu vaccinations at their pediatricians' offices. The CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for all Americans who are at least 6 months old. You may have questions about the vaccination. Why can't last year's flu shot protect your child this year? Do you need

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