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    1. Flu or Cold Symptoms?

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

    2. 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.

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

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

    4. Barking Coughs in Children - Topic Overview

      If your child has a barking cough: Hold your child in a calming manner. Keep your child quiet,if possible. Crying can make breathing more difficult. Try rocking or distracting your child with a book or game. Use a humidifier to add moisture to the air. Don't use a hot vaporizer. Use only water in the humidifier. Hold your child in your lap,and let the cool vapor blow directly into your ...

    5. Hand-Washing - Topic Overview

      A productive cough helps clear mucus (sputum) and foreign material from the airways. Mucus may be made in the lungs because of bronchitis,pneumonia,or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Colds and allergies may produce mucus that drains down the back of the throat ( postnasal drainage ). Home treatment may be all that is needed to provide relief if you have a productive cough and ...

    6. Avian Influenza (Bird 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? ...

    7. Hand-Washing - Prevention

      Learn about ways to prevent catching the flu (influenza).

    8. Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - When To Call a Doctor

      Call your health professional immediately if your infant has a high fever and you suspect he or she might have the flu.

    9. Barking Coughs in Children - Topic Overview

      A cough that is more noticeable when your child is lying down is usually caused by mucus running down the back of the throat (postnasal drip) from an upper respiratory infection,such as a cold,sinusitis,or allergy. A child usually has a runny or stuffy nose,may be irritable,and may have a fever. Home treatment is usually all that is needed to provide relief for this type of cough. A cough ...

    10. Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - Treatment Overview

      In most healthy people, influenza will go away in 7 to 10 days. The worst symptoms usually last 3 to 4 days. Home treatment to ease symptoms and prevent complications is usually all that is needed. Antiviral medications can be taken to: Reduce the severit

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