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  1. Influenza (Seasonal Flu) - Medications

    Information on drugs used to treat flu (influenza).

  2. Cold and Flu FAQ: How to Soothe Your Child

    Does your child have a cold or the flu? Get answers to frequently asked questions.

  3. Understanding the Flu: How Do I Know if I Have It?

    Learn more from WebMD about flu symptoms and a variety of flu treatments, including over-the-counter medicine, antivirals, alternative medicine, herbs, dietary supplements and acupuncture.

  4. Understanding Bird Flu

    Learn more from WebMD about avian flu, also known as bird flu, and why it has scientists concerned.

  5. Understanding Flu Symptoms

    WebMD looks at symptoms of the flu, and tells you when to call the doctor.

  6. Is Your Earache Just a Cold or an Ear Infection?

    WebMD explains the difference between earaches caused by a cold and those caused by an ear infection.

  7. Pregnancy and the Flu

    Learn all about pregnancy and the flu, including ways to prevent and treat the flu safely.

  8. How to Treat the Flu

    A guide to what works and what doesn’t in flu treatment -- conventional medicine, vitamins and minerals, and herbal supplements.

  9. Laryngitis - 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?

  10. Laryngitis - Topic Overview

    What is laryngitis?Laryngitis is an inflammation of the voice box, or larynx (say LAIR-inks), that causes your voice to become raspy or hoarse. Laryngitis can be short-term or long-lasting (chronic). Most of the time, it comes on quickly and lasts no more than 2 weeks. Chronic symptoms are those that last 2 weeks or longer. Check with your doctor if your symptoms last longer than 2 weeks. Your laryngitis may be caused by more severe problems.What causes laryngitis?Laryngitis can be caused by:Colds or the flu. This is the most common cause. Acid reflux, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Overuse of your voice, such as cheering at a sports event. Irritation, such as from allergies or smoke.Use of inhaled steroid medicines (such as those used to treat asthma). Problems with the way you talk or sing.Acid reflux is the most common cause of chronic laryngitis. But chronic laryngitis may be caused by more severe problems such as nerve damage, sores, polyps, cancer, or hard

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