When it comes to what the average person believes about colds, there seems to be as many misconceptions as cold medicines on a drugstore shelf. And now that the winter cold and flu season is in full swing, we turned to Thomas Tallman, DO, an emergency medicine physician and cold and flu expert at the Cleveland Clinic, to set us -- and you -- straight on prevention and treatment.
The CDC recommends that everyone older than 6 months get a flu vaccine every year, too.
You may also be prone to throat trouble if you have allergies or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Getting treated for these problems can usually lower the number of sore throats you get, so talk to your doctor.