Colds and Infections - Original Articles

A Closer Look at Bronchitis

A nagging cough, low-grade fever, and pain or tightness in the chest may signal bronchitis. Here's how to tell for sure.

A Closer Look at Laryngitis

Here's why you may have lost your voice...and how to find it again.

What You Need to Know About Shingles

Once you have chickenpox, you won't get them again, right? Not quite. You could develop shingles, a painful skin condition caused by the same virus as chickenpox.

How to Protect Your Family From Pneumonia

Here's what you need to know about this inflammatory lung disease, from causes and symptoms to treatments and prevention tips.

Meningitis: Know the Facts

Be aware of the warning signs of this potentially deadly disease.

Mononucleosis: Learn the Basics

This common virus can last for weeks, or even months, and may leave you feeling exhausted. Learn how to deal with the symptoms.

The Facts About Chronic and Recurrent Yeast Infections

Feel like you're dealing with yeast infections all the time? Learn more about this common problem.

Acute vs. Chronic Sinusitis: Understand Your Condition

For many, sinusitis means uncomfortable symptoms that may require the right treatment to overcome.

7 Natural Remedies for the Flu

Did you know some of the best fixes for flu-related symptoms can be found right in your home?

Is It a Cold or the Flu?

Your head aches, your eyes hurt, and you're sneezing, coughing, and experiencing chills. Is it a bad cold, or could this be the start of the flu?

Natural Remedies for Cold Sores

Ease the discomfort of these contagious blisters with the healing properties of lemon balm, peppermint oil, and echinacea.

How to Weather Winter Asthma

Address your worst asthma triggers and enjoy the best that winter has to offer.

Harness Your Immune System to Fight Cancer

Your body's own immune system is a germ-fighting machine. Scientists see promise in directing these powers toward eradicating cancer. Here's how.

Health Risks in the Wake of a Hurricane

What are the key health risks you need to be aware of after a natural disaster like Hurricane Sandy?

6 Common School-Spread Sicknesses

Kids bring home more than just homework. Here's how to deal with the germs and the bugs.

Don't Make These Germ-Filled Mistakes

You probably visit public restrooms, the bank, or a coffee shop nearly every day. Disinfect and prevent the spread of germs and illnesses with these simple tips.

Why Is Whooping Cough Back?

With around 18,000 new cases this year, health experts are calling the outbreak the most serious in 50 years. Here's how to protect your family.

The Sepsis Epidemic

An estimated 750,000 Americans get sepsis each year and 28 and 50 percent will die from the infection. Who's at risk for sepsis, and what can be done to prevent it?

AIDS: How to Talk to Kids and What They Should Know

An infectious disease specialist interprets the latest statistics and provides tips for talking to youngsters about the disease.

5 Germy Things You Touch Every Day

It's enough to make your skin crawl. They're teeming with bacteria and viruses, and you probably touched at least one of them today.

Hand Sanitizer: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Keeping your hands clean is key, but using hand sanitizer isn't always the best option.

What Your Immune System Can Do for Asthma

A strong immune system can help keep healthy with asthma. Here s how to keep your immune system running strong.

Health by the Numbers: Colds

The average adult will suffer as many as four colds a year. Here's a look at the condition by the numbers.

Health by the Numbers: Influenza

Every year, 5 to 20 percent of U.S. residents get sick with the flu. Here's a look at the disease by the numbers.

Look (and Feel) Better When You Have the Flu

Try these beauty tips when sickness keeps you from looking your natural best.

Health by the Numbers: Heartburn

Occasional heartburn isn't dangerous, but if it occurs on a frequent basis, it could indicate a more serious health condition. Here's a look at heartburn by the numbers.

No Crest for the Antibacterial Wave

You know the old saying, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is? We might want to apply this truism to the idea that using antibacterial cleaners reduces the spread of illness.

7 Ways to Manage Rosacea

Rosacea, which often causes constant redness in the face, can be frustrating and difficult to treat, but there are steps you can take to manage the condition.

5 Great Sick-Day Foods

Stuck at home with a cold? Find comfort with these soothing foods.

The Germiest Public Places You Go Every Day

Public places are magnets for germs that cause the flu, viruses, and other illnesses. But that doesn't mean you have to stay home to avoid being exposed. Learn where the germs roam so you can take the right precautions.
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