Cold and Flu

Do you have a cold, flu or something in between? Learn about flu and cold symptoms, medicine and remedies to get back in top shape in no time.

13 Household Items That Up Your Risk for Cold and Flu

You may worry about catching a cold on an airplane or in an elevator full of snifflers. But what about...


Why This Antiviral Flu Drug May Be a Game Changer

For this year's flu season, there are four drugs that are FDA-approved for treating people at high risk for severe...


10 Reasons It’s Time to Take the Flu More Seriously

Luckily, reducing your risk of influenza infection and serious flu-related complications is as easy as getting vaccinated.


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7 Things Doctors and Nurses Do to Stop a Cold in Its Tracks

Feeling the telltale signs of a cold coming on? Make like a medical pro and rev your body's defenses.


5 Foods to Eat When You Have the Flu—And One You Should Avoid

Learn the best foods to fight, treat, and beat a cold or the flu.


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50 Ways to Avoid Catching a Cold This Season

Although getting sick as winter approaches seems inevitable, there are actually lots of things you can do to reduce your...


8 Habits Doctors Use to Avoid Colds and Flu

During the winter, doctors see patient after patient with cold and flu symptoms—and gobs of germs. Steal their secrets to...


The 13 Worst Places in America for Flu in 2018

While predicting where the flu will strike is tricky business, experts tend to look to the previous season to predict...

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8 Things You Do That Might Be Messing Up Your Flu Shot

Read this before you roll up your sleeve.


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14 Surprising Things You Shouldn’t Do if You Have the Flu

Unlike the common cold—which, although miserable, usually doesn't hurt anyone—influenza can be serious business. Here's what not to do if...


19 Secrets to Steal from People Who Never Get Sick

In the fall and winter, you may become more vulnerable to colds, flu, and other infections. Use these tips to...


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15 Surprising Ways to Prevent Colds and Flu

Find out all the unexpected tips and tricks you need to know to reduce your risk of getting sick.


The Truth Behind This Year’s Record-Breaking Flu Season

This year's flu season is still hitting Americans hard—here's why.


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How to Treat the Flu: 9 Things Doctors Really Do

If you do come down with the flu, these are the things that doctors recommend.


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20 Things the Flu Virus Doesn’t Want You to Know

Want to know how to avoid the flu? Here's what the virus would tell you if it could: whom it...


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12 Signs Your Common Cold Could Be Something Worse

Here's how to tell the difference between a cold, or upper respiratory infection, and bronchitis, the flu, or even pneumonia.

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The Best Cold and Flu Medicine to Always Have Handy

When the cold and flu strikes, the last thing you want to do is schlep to the store in search...


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13 Things We Bet You Didn’t Know About the Common Cold

Your sniffles and coughs are more complicated than you thought.


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10 Crazy Common Cold Symptoms You Probably Didn’t Know About

A runny nose is a sure tell-tale sign that a cold is imminent, but there are also many less obvious...


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Cold vs. Flu: What’s the Difference?

Streaming nose, sore throat, and pounding head? Is it just a cold or is it the flu? Our infographic tells...


A Probiotic Found in Common Foods Could Help Ward off the Flu

It can also help prevent some more serious flu-related complications, like pneumonia.

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9 Ways You’re Actually Making Your Cold or Flu Worse

It definitely feels like every sniffling, sneezing, aching moment of the flu or cold lasts forever. Here's what you need...


How Long Does the Flu Last?

Even with all the hand-washing in the world, you may still catch the flu this winter. Here's how long you're...


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9 Telltale Signs Flu Season Is in Full Swing

If you're reading this with a tissue in hand while you nurse a cup of warm tea, know that you're...


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How Long Does a Cold Last?

If you've caught a cold, you're probably wondering how long the agony will last. Well wipe your nose and keep...


The “Man Flu” Really Does Exist, According to This Doctor

Is it really more than exaggerating symptoms?


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This Is When Your Cold Stops Being Contagious

Colds can really ruin your week. But if you give one to your whole office, that's just plain rude.