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    1. Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - Exams and Tests

      Health professionals can diagnose influenza (flu) using your symptoms alone if many cases of a similar illness have occurred in the community and if the local health department has confirmed a flu outbreak.

    2. 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 ...

    3. Barking Coughs in Children - 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,...

    4. Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - Topic Overview

      Influenza (flu) is an illness caused by a virus that comes on suddenly, and causes symptoms such as fever, body aches, headache, fatigue, loss of appetite, a dry cough, and a sore or dry throat.

    5. Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - Symptoms

      The symptoms of influenza (flu) appear suddenly and often include: Fever, which is usually continuous, but it may come and go.

    6. How Not to Spread the Flu

      The flu is easy to spread. Here's how to avoid getting and giving it.

    7. Causes and Evolution of Influenza (Flu)

      WebMD provides an overview of influenza, with an interesting historical perspective.

    8. 8 Natural Tips to Help Prevent a Cold

      Some simple steps can help prevent many colds, and perhaps even help ward off the flu. Learn more here.

    9. Sore Throat and Other Throat Problems - Topic Overview

      Sore throats can be painful and annoying. Fortunately, most sore throats are caused by a minor illness and go away without medical treatment. Several conditions can cause a sore throat.

    10. Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - Preparing For Your Appointment

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

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