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    1. Exercise and the Flu

      Can exercise help prevent the flu? Should you exercise if you have the flu? Learn more.

    2. Exercise and the Common Cold

      Exercise may prevent colds. But is it safe to exercise if you have a cold? Get the facts.

    3. Starve a Cold, Feed a Fever?

      Do you starve a cold and feed a fever? Or is it the other way around? Learn the facts about eating well when you have a cold to speed your recovery.

    4. Prevent the Flu: Boost Your Immune System

      Want to prevent flu? Learn how to use your immune system to prevent colds and flu with these simple suggestions.

    5. Home Remedies for Colds

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

    6. Barking Coughs in Children - Topic Overview

      Hand - washing is a simple and effective way to help prevent diseases, such as colds, flu, and food poisoning.When to wash your handsWashing hands:Often, especially during cold and flu (influenza) season, can reduce your risk of catching or spreading a cold or the flu.Before and after preparing or serving food reduces your risk of catching or spreading bacteria that cause food poisoning. Be ...

    7. Influenza (Seasonal Flu) - Check Your Symptoms

      This tool will help you check your symptoms if you have a cough.

    8. Corticosteroids for Sinusitis

      Drug details for Corticosteroids for sinusitis.

    9. 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?

    10. Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - 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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