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  1. Using Vaporizers and Humidifiers - 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. ...

  2. 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.

  3. Understanding Flu Symptoms

    WebMD tells you which symptoms signal the flu - and when to call the doctor.

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

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

  5. Chicken Soup, Ginger Tea, and Other Soothing Recipes for Colds

    Can chicken soup -- or hot tea -- really help common cold symptoms?

  6. Common Cold Prevention

    Discover how frequent hand washing can be the most effective means for cold prevention.

  7. Flu or Cold Symptoms?

    Do you have flu or cold symptoms? Learn more about the two and how to tell the difference.

  8. When Should I See a Doctor for a Cold or Flu?

    Most colds and flu don't require a doctor's care. However, as WebMD explains, if you have any of these six symptoms, see your doctor.

  9. How to Choose Over-the-Counter Cold and Flu Meds

    How do you choose a cold/flu remedy? Get tips to fend off symptoms.

  10. Flu Vaccine Myths - Topic Overview

    Many people choose not to have the influenza vaccine because of myths they believe about the disease or the vaccine. Myth: Influenza is a minor illness. Truth: Influenza and its complications cause about 20,000 deaths in the United States each year. Myth: The vaccine causes the flu. Truth: You can't get the flu by having a flu shot. The flu shot is made of killed virus and therefore cannot ...

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