Cold, Flu, & Cough

Caused by hundreds of different viruses, the common cold is an infection of upper respiratory tract – your nose and throat. It is generally harmless, even though it might not feel that way at the time. The signs of cold is sneezing, runny nose, sratchy throat, and cough and symptoms usually vary significantly for every patient.

Children have the greatest risk of catching colds, but even adults get to catch few colds each year. The most typical virus for common cold is rhinovirus, causing an estimated 10% to 40% of colds followed by coronaviruses with approximately 20% of the colds.

Flu is a common name for Influenza, a highly infectious respiratory disease caused by influenza A or B viruses. Flu often appears in the winter months and influenza virus infects the body through the upper and/or lower respiratory system.

Swine Flu – An Overview

A new strain of H1N1 appeared in April 2009. The new strain contained different strains of flu, including the swine, avian and the human influenza viruses. Previously, swine flu only affected people who had been in contact with pigs. This new virus is not common since it can spread between humans. The H1N1 swine flu apparently appeared in Mexico and spread to other countries and continents. Read more »

Top 10 Natural Cold & Flu Remedies


Many people wonder why natural cold and flu remedies are still so popular.  The answer to this question is very simple – science has still not found a solution for the common cold and flu.  Although some medications can shorten the duration of these illnesses, others only offer temporary relief of the symptoms associated with cold and flu.  On the flip side, some natural remedies may help flu sufferers get better.  Consumers who are interested in natural remedies should take the time to learn which products and substances show promise. Read more »

Flu Treatment

What is the best flu treatment? How can you efficiently prevent the seasonal flu? Some treatments can efficiently relieve fever, aches, cough and other common flu symptoms. Some treatments can even shorten the duration of the symptoms. However, most treatments are not safe for children under the age of 4.


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Facts About Bird Flu

Perhaps you have heard about avian flu, which is sometimes referred to as bird flu, and you are curious about whether you or your loved ones are in danger of contracting it. The following information will provide you with a better understanding of this illness and what can be done to fight it.

What is Bird Flu?

Medical researchers have recently expressed their concern that the strain of avian flu known as H5N1 has the potential to develop into a worldwide pandemic, capable of causing widespread illness and death. Read more »

Overview of Stomach Flu Symptoms

Gastroenteritis a.k.a. stomach flu is an infection of intestines causing diarrhea, fever and many other symptoms. Although, it is called stomach flu, it differs from the flu or influenza in many ways. Influenza affects the respiratory system through the nose, throat and lungs whereas; gastroenteritis affects the intestines causing numerous symptoms with fever.

The common stomach flu symptoms include:

  • Watery stools or diarrhea without blood
  • Vomiting with nausea feelings
  • Abdominal pain and sometimes there can be cramps
  • Low fever
  • Muscle pain or occasional headaches

The symptoms may appear after one or three days of being infected and can range from mild to severe in nature. In most cases, the stomach flu symptoms will disappear within a day or two, but some patients may suffer from the symptoms for 9-10 days. Read more »

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