Cold, Flu, Allergy Related Diseases & Conditions

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  • Sinus Infection (Sinusitis) Sinus infection (sinusitis) is caused by allergies, infection, and chemicals or other irritants of sinuses. Signs and symptoms...learn more »
  • Mold Mold exposure may cause symptoms in people who are sensitive to molds. Symptoms of mold allergy include sneezing, runny nose,...learn more »
  • Nosebleed Nosebleed is common in dry climates during winter months, and in hot dry climates with low humidity. Individual taking blood...learn more »
    In This Article
    Nosebleed Article
    • Nosebleed facts
    • What causes nosebleeds?
    • How do you stop the common nosebleed?
    • How do you prevent the nose from bleeding again?
    • What if a person has frequent nosebleeds?
    • What precautions can you take to prevent nose bleeding?
    • When should you call your doctor or go to an emergency room for a nosebleed?
    • What should I do if the doctor has placed nasal packs?
  • Bronchitis (Acute) Bronchitis is inflammation of the airways in the lung. Acute bronchitis is is short in duration (10 to 20 days) in comparison...learn more »
  • Chronic Rhinitis and Post-Nasal Drip Allergic rhinitis symptoms include an itchy, runny nose, sneezing, itchy ears, eyes, and throat. Seasonal allergic rhinitis (also...learn more »
    In This Article
    Chronic Rhinitis and Post-Nasal Drip Article
    • Chronic rhinitis and post-nasal drip facts
    • Where are the sinuses, and what do they look like?
    • What are rhinitis and post-nasal drip?
    • What causes rhinitis?
    • Is rhinitis always related to allergies?
    • What conditions cause an abnormal production of nasal secretions?
    • What conditions cause an impaired clearance of nasal secretions?
    • How can chronic rhinitis and post-nasal drip be treated?
    • What medications can be used to treat rhinitis and post-nasal drip?
    • What can be used to treat non-allergic rhinitis?
    • Does salt water or nasal irrigation have any role in the treatment of rhinitis and post-nasal drip?
    • What are other options for the treatment of rhinitis and post-nasal drip?
  • Fever Although a fever technically is any body temperature above the normal of 98.6 F (37 C), in practice, a person is usually not...learn more »
    In This Article
    Fever Article
    • Fever facts
    • What is a fever?
    • What causes a fever?
    • What are the signs and symptoms of a fever?
    • How is a fever diagnosed?
    • How should someone take a temperature for fever?
    • What is the treatment for a fever?
    • When should someone seek medical care for a fever?
    • What kind of doctors treat a fever?
    • What are complications of a fever?
    • What is the prognosis for a fever?
    • Is it possible to prevent a fever?
    • Where can people find more information about fevers?
  • Allergy (Allergies) An allergy refers to a misguided reaction by our immune system in response to bodily contact with certain foreign substances. ...learn more »
  • Sore Throat Sore throats are generally described as pain or discomfort in the throat area. A sore throat may be caused by bacterial or viral...learn more »
    In This Article
    Sore Throat Article
    • Sore throat facts
    • What is the difference between sore throat and strep throat?
    • What are the causes of sore throat?
    • What are the signs and symptoms of a sore throat?
    • Is a sore throat contagious?
    • When should I see a doctor for a sore throat?
    • How is strep throat diagnosed?
    • What are home remedies to soothe a sore throat?
    • What over-the-counter (OTC) medications will soothe a sore throat?
    • Are antibiotics necessary for a sore throat?
    • What can I do if I have a sore throat and am pregnant?
    • What if I have multiple recurrent episodes of strep throat?
    • How can I prevent a sore throat?
  • Common Cold The common cold (viral upper respiratory tract infection) is a contagious illness that may be caused by various viruses. Symptoms...learn more »
  • Hay Fever (Allergic Rhinitis) Hay fever (allergic rhinitis) is an irritation of the nose caused by pollen and is associated with the following allergic...learn more »
    In This Article
    Hay Fever (Allergic Rhinitis) Article
    • Hay fever facts
    • What is hay fever? What are hay fever symptoms and signs?
    • Why does an allergic reaction occur?
    • What causes allergic rhinitis?
    • What are risk factors for allergic rhinitis?
    • When and where does allergic rhinitis occur?
    • Is allergic rhinitis contagious?
    • How is allergic rhinitis diagnosed, and how are allergies identified?
    • What is the treatment for allergies?
    • What is the prognosis of allergic rhinitis?
    • Is it possible to prevent allergic rhinitis?
  • Cold Sores (Nongenital Herpes Simplex Infections) Herpes simplex infections are common and when they appear around the mouth and lips, people often refer to them as "cold sores"...learn more »
    In This Article
    Cold Sores (Nongenital Herpes Simplex Infections) Article
    • Herpes simplex infections (nongenital cold sores) facts
    • What are herpes simplex infections?
    • What causes cold sores?
    • What are the risk factors for herpes simplex infections?
    • What makes herpes (cold sores) recur?
    • Are cold sores contagious?
    • How do cold sores spread?
    • What is the incubation period for cold sores?
    • What is primary oral herpes?
    • What does recurrent herpes look like?
    • What are the signs and symptoms of cold sores?
    • What other conditions can look like oral herpes (cold sores)?
    • What is angular stomatitis?
    • What are canker sores?
    • What types of doctors treat cold sores?
    • What tests do health-care professionals use to diagnose oral herpes?
    • How long do cold sores last?
    • What is the treatment for cold sores, are there any home remedies, and what medications treat oral herpes?
    • What are the possible complications of oral herpes (cold sores)?
    • What is the prognosis for oral herpes (cold sores)?
    • Is it possible to prevent cold sores?
  • Frozen Shoulder A frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) is when the shoulder joint experiences a significant loss in its range of motion due to...learn more »
    In This Article
    Frozen Shoulder Article
    • Frozen shoulder facts
    • What is a frozen shoulder?
    • What causes a frozen shoulder?
    • What are symptoms and signs of a frozen shoulder?
    • How is a frozen shoulder diagnosed?
    • What conditions can mimic a frozen shoulder?
    • What is the treatment for a frozen shoulder?
    • What is the prognosis of a frozen shoulder?
    • Can frozen shoulder be prevented?
  • Is a Sinus Infection Contagious? Sinus infection (sinusitis) is infection (viral, bacterial, or fungal) or inflammation of the sinuses. Sympotms of sinus...learn more »
    In This Article
    Is a Sinus Infection Contagious? Article
    • Is a sinus infection contagious?
    • How will I know if I have a sinus infection?
    • How is sinusitis spread?
    • How will I know if I am cured of a sinus infection?
    • When should I contact a health-care professional about sinusitis?
  • 20 Sore Throat Home Remedies A sore throat can be caused by viral infections like the common cold, the flu, or mumps. Sore throats caused by bacterial...learn more »
    In This Article
    20 Sore Throat Home Remedies Article
    • What home remedies help to soothe a sore throat?
    • 1. Warm saltwater gargle
    • 2. Drink warm liquids
    • 3. Over-the-counter (OTC) pain medications
    • 4. Sage/Echinacea throat spray
    • 5. Apple cider vinegar
    • 6. Raw garlic
    • 7. Peppermint
    • 8. Licorice
    • 9. Marshmallow root
    • 10. Slippery Elm
    • 11. Frozen foods
    • 12. Eat chicken soup
    • 13. A humidifier
    • 14. A warm compress
    • 15. Throat spray
    • 16. Lozenges or cough drops
    • 17. Zinc lozenges
    • 18. Drink plenty of fluids
    • 19. Rest
    • 20. Quit smoking
  • Flu (Influenza) Influenza (flu) is a respiratory illness caused by a virus. Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache,...learn more »
    In This Article
    Flu (Influenza) Article
    • Flu (influenza, conventional, H1N1, H3N2, and bird flu [H5N1]) facts
    • What is flu (influenza)?
    • When does flu season begin and end?
    • Flu vs. cold
    • What are the causes of the flu (influenza)?
    • What are flu (influenza) symptoms in adults and in children?
    • What is the incubation period for the flu?
    • How long is the flu contagious, and how long does the flu last?
    • How is the flu (influenza) diagnosed?
    • How does flu spread?
    • What is the key to flu (influenza) prevention?
    • Are there any flu shot or nasal spray vaccine side effects in adults or in children?
    • How effective is the flu vaccine?
    • Why should the flu (influenza) vaccine be taken every year?
    • What are some flu treatments an individual can do at home (home remedies)?
    • What types of doctors treat the flu?
    • What can people eat when they have the flu?
    • When should a person go to the emergency department for the flu?
    • Who should receive the flu vaccine, and who has the highest risk factors? When should someone get the flu shot?
    • What is the prognosis for patients who get the flu? What are possible complications of the flu?
    • Can the flu be deadly?
    • What is the bird (avian) flu?
    • Do antiviral agents protect people from the flu?
    • What medications treat the flu?
    • Is it safe to get a flu shot that contains thimerosal?
    • Where can people find additional information about the flu?
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a highly contagious viral infection. Symptoms include fever and nasal congestion and...learn more »
    In This Article
    Respiratory Syncytial Virus Article
    • Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection facts
    • What is the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)?
    • When does RSV infection occur, and who gets it?
    • Who is at risk for severe disease?
    • Is RSV infection contagious, and how is RSV infection transmitted?
    • What are the symptoms of RSV infection?
    • How is RSV infection diagnosed?
    • What is the treatment for an RSV infection?
    • How can RSV infection be prevented?
    • Is there an RSV vaccine?
    • What is the prognosis of an RSV infection?
  • How to Stop Snoring Snoring is caused by the vibrations of the soft tissues at the back of the nose and throat while a person sleeps. There are many...learn more »
    In This Article
    How to Stop Snoring Article
    • What is snoring?
    • What are common causes of snoring?
    • Is snoring a symptom of another disease or condition?
    • How can I get my partner to stop snoring?
    • What kinds of doctors treat snoring?
    • How is the cause of snoring diagnosed?
    • What natural home remedies help a person stop snoring?
    • What anti-snoring aids and devices help stop snoring?
    • What foods or drinks may help a person stop snoring?
    • What medical treatments help a person to quit snoring?
    • Can snoring be prevented?
  • What Is Mucus? Mucus is a normal substance produced by lining tissues in the body. Excess mucus or mucus that is yellow, green, brown, or bloody...learn more »