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  1. Symptoms of Ear Infection - 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 ...

  2. Recurrent Ear Infections and Persistent Effusion - 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 ...

  3. I’ve Got a Cold: What Can I Do?

    Colds are miserable. WebMD tells you what to do - and what not to do - if you're suffering.

  4. Frequently Asked Questions About the Common Cold

    What causes the common cold? Why isn't there a vaccine to prevent it? Can a chill cause a cold? WebMD answers frequently asked questions about the common cold.

  5. Common Cold

    Sneezing, scratchy throat, runny nose — everyone knows the first signs of a cold. Learn more from WebMD about who, when, and why colds are so common.

  6. Coughs, Age 12 and Older - Home Treatment

    Information on home treatment of coughing.

  7. Coughs, Age 12 and Older - Preparing For Your Appointment

    A list of questions that will help your health care professional diagnose and treat Coughs.

  8. Coughs, Age 12 and Older - Prevention

    There is no sure way to prevent a cough. To help reduce your risk, wash your hands frequently during the cold and flu season.

  9. Influenza (Seasonal Flu) - Health Tools

    Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health. Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Should I get a flu shot? Should I take antiviral medicine for the flu? ...

  10. Influenza (Seasonal Flu) - Medications

    Information on drugs used to treat flu (influenza).

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