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Cold, Flu, & Cough Health Center

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  1. Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - What Happens

    Influenza (flu) usually comes on suddenly. In many cases you can pinpoint the hour when symptoms started. Symptoms develop 1 to 4 days after you are infected. Classic flu involves fever for about 3 days, followed by a gradual decrease in other symptoms.

  2. Productive Coughs - 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 ...

  3. Cold and Flu acTopic Centers - 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

  4. Productive Coughs - Prevention

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

  5. 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.

  6. Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - Topic Overview

    A bacterial infection may develop following infection with viral influenza. Signs of a bacterial infection include: Yellow,green,rust-colored,or bloody mucus that is coughed up from the lungs,especially while other symptoms are getting worse. Mucus coughed up from the lungs is a more serious symptom than mucus that has drained down the back of the throat (postnasal drip). Ear pain that ...

  7. 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? ...

  8. Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - 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 ...

  9. Productive Coughs - Topic Overview

    What are colds? Everyone gets a cold from time to time. Children get more colds than adults. Colds usually last 1 to 2 weeks. You can catch a cold at any time of year,but they are more common in late winter and early spring. There is no cure for a cold. Antibiotics will not cure a cold. If you catch a cold,treat the symptoms. What are the symptoms? Lots of different viruses cause colds,...

  10. Cold and Flu acTopic Centers - Medications

    Information on drugs used to treat flu (influenza).

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