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    1. Soothe Dry Skin When You Have a Cold

      Sniffling and sneezing isn't the only thing that comes with a cold. It also makes your skin dry. Give it some TLC to so you can look your best while you get the rest of your symptoms under control. Long, hot showers can help clear your stuffed-up head, but they dry your skin. So keep them short -- n

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    2. Natural Ways to Kick a Cold

      Trying to get over a cold? There are lots of things you can do to ease the symptoms as you get better. Here some easy ones. When a cold strikes, chicken soup and hot tea can ease your symptoms. The reason: heat. As the warmth moves down your throat toward your stomach, it helps loosen mucus, making

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    3. Don’t Let a Cold Get You Down

      We’re more than a decade into the 21st century, and scientists are no closer to that most elusive goal: a cure for the common cold. If anything, cold viruses seem more formidable than ever. Until recently, researchers thought there were about 100 varieties of rhinoviruses, the most common cause of t

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    4. 5 Ways to Stop Colds From Spreading in Your Family

      When you've got a family, even a run-of-the-mill cold can be a lot of trouble. As it spreads from one person to the next in your family, that one crummy cold virus can disrupt your lives for weeks -- causing missed school, missed work, sleepless nights, and frayed tempers. So when your child -- or y

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    5. Could Your Child Have an Ear Infection?

      Even newbie parents can spot diaper rash or a runny nose with no problem, but ear infections may come with only a whisper of symptoms. Yet three-quarters of children will get one by age 3. "An ear infection happens when you get infected fluid or pus behind the eardrum," says Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP.

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    6. Cold and Flu IQ

      When it comes to what the average person believes about colds, there seems to be as many misconceptions as cold medicines on a drugstore shelf. And now that the winter cold and flu season is in full swing, we turned to Thomas Tallman, DO, an emergency medicine physician and cold and flu expert at th

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    7. Tips for Treating the Cold and Flu

      Before cold and flu season gets into full swing, arm yourself against germs. To stave off the flu, start here: "Get a flu shot. That's the single most important thing you can do," says Aaron Glatt, MD, president and chief executive officer of St. Joseph Hospital in Bethpage, N.Y. If a cold or flu do

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    8. Antibiotic Resistance: Expert Q&A With the CDC

      Antibiotics are the first and most potent line of defense against bacterial diseases. But their overuse and abuse in the few decades, especially to treat viruses that don't respond to antibiotics, have led to a dangerous resistance to even common infections. The CDC has made the appropriate use of a

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    9. Test Your Cough IQ

      Do you hear that coughing sound? It's cold and flu season, and people all around you are coughing. Why? "Coughing is a normal, protective reflex," says Neil Schachter, MD, author of The Good Doctor's Guide to Colds and Flu . "We cough to clear our airways," he explains. Think of coughing as a defens

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    10. Flu Shots: It's Not Too Late

      It's December and everywhere you look friends and family are down with flu symptoms: fevers, body aches, and fatigue. If you're still feeling pretty chipper yourself, great! But if you want to hedge your bets, it's good to know that even though flu season is in full swing, it's not too late for the

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