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    Medical Reference Related to Cold & Flu

    1. Common Cold Prevention

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

    2. Flu or Cold Symptoms?

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

    3. 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.

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

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

    5. Coughs, Age 12 and Older - Topic Overview

      Dry coughs that continue after other cold symptoms clear or that occur without other symptoms may be caused by a variety of health problems. Some people start coughing when they breathe very dry,heated air. This can be caused by environmental irritation or allergies. This type of cough may be more noticeable when you first turn on your furnace in the fall,because dust and other irritants ...

    6. 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

    7. Hand-Washing - Prevention

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

    8. Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - Frequently Asked Questions

      Learning about anthrax:What is anthrax?How does anthrax spread?What are the symptoms of anthrax infection?How is anthrax infection treated?What can I do to lower my risk of exposure?Being diagnosed:How is anthrax diagnosed?How can anthrax be distinguished from the flu?Getting treatment:How is anthrax treated?Can anthrax be prevented?What should I do if I think I have been exposed to anthrax? ...

    9. Anthrax - Topic Overview

      What is anthrax?Anthrax is a potentially fatal disease caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis. These bacteria produce spores that can spread the infection. Spores are bacteria in a resting stage. Like plant seeds, they are not active until they germinate. Anthrax in humans is rare unless the spores are spread intentionally. Anthrax usually develops in cattle, horses, sheep, and goats. ...

    10. 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 ...

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