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Cold, Flu, & Cough Health Center

Medical Reference Related to Cold & Flu

  1. Home Remedies for Colds

    Looking for a natural cold remedy? Get 12 tips for fighting off a cold naturally.

  2. Ear Infections - Treatment Overview

    Treatment for middle ear infections (otitis media) involves home treatment for symptom relief and, in some cases, antibiotics.

  3. Ear Problems and Injuries, Age 11 and Younger - Topic Overview

    Some doctors may recommend the use of daily antibiotics for prevention (prophylaxis) of ear infection if your child has many recurrent ear infections. Talk to your doctor about this. Antibiotics can reduce by 1 the number of infections that would have occurred without antibiotics. If your child has at least 3 ear infections in a 6-month period or has 4 ear infections in 1 year,your doctor may ...

  4. Ear Infections - Symptoms

    Symptoms of a middle ear infection (otitis media) often start 2 to 7 days after a cold or other upper respiratory infection.

  5. Ear Problems and Injuries, Age 11 and Younger - Topic Overview

    What is swimmer's ear? Swimmer's ear (otitis externa) is an inflammation or infection of the ear canal,the passage that leads from the outer ear to the eardrum. This condition is called swimmer's ear because it commonly occurs in people who have been swimming. But other people can get it too. What causes swimmer's ear? You can get swimmer's ear when bacteria grow in your ear canal. This ...

  6. Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - Topic Overview

    Coughing is the body's way of removing foreign material or mucus from the lungs and upper airway passages -- or reacting to an irritated airway.

  7. Antibiotics for Sinusitis

    Drug details for Antibiotics for sinusitis.

  8. Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about laryngitis:What is laryngitis?What can I do if acid reflux (GERD) is causing my laryngitis?Being diagnosed:What is laryngoscopy?

  9. Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - Topic Overview

    Vaporizers and humidifiers help moisten the mouth and throat when breathing the dry,heated indoor air of the winter months. The mist from a humidifier may be preferred because of the risk of burns from steam vaporizers. A shallow pan of water in the room can substitute for a vaporizer or humidifier and avoids the hazard of mold. Be sure to keep the pan out of the reach of babies and toddlers. ...

  10. Ear Problems and Injuries, Age 11 and Younger - Topic Overview

    Ear pain may be the first symptom of an ear infection,especially if you have moderate to severe ear pain during or shortly after you have a cold. Other symptoms of an ear infection may include: Swelling,heat,or tenderness around or behind the ear. Redness of the ear,ear canal,or skin around or behind the ear. Drainage from the ear that does not look like earwax. Itching of the ear or ...

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