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The common cold (viral upper respiratory tract infection) is a contagious illness that may be caused by various viruses. Symptoms include a stuffy nose, headache, cough, sore throat, and maybe a fever. Antibiotics have no effect upon the common cold, and there is no evidence that zinc and vitamin C are effective treatments.

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    • Tonsillitis It is thought that the tonsils and adenoids assist the body in fighting incoming bacteria and viruses by helping the body form...learn more »
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      • Tonsillitis and adenoid infection facts
      • What are the tonsils and adenoids?
      • What is the purpose of the tonsils and adenoids?
      • What are the symptoms of tonsillitis or an adenoid infection?
      • What does tonsillitis look like?
      • Can someone catch tonsillitis from another person?
      • What are common problems affecting the tonsils and adenoids?
      • How are tonsillitis and adenoid infection diagnosed?
      • How are tonsillitis and adenoid infection treated?
      • What home remedies help soothe tonsillitis?
      • When should the tonsils and/or adenoids be removed?
    • Sinus Infection (Sinusitis) Sinus infection (sinusitis) signs and symptoms include headache, fever, and facial tenderness, pressure, or pain. Treatments of...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 »
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      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?
    • Bad Breath Bad breath can result from poor oral hygiene habits and may be a sign of other health problems. Bad breath, also called...learn more »
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      Bad Breath Article
      • Bad breath facts
      • What is the definition of bad breath?
      • What are the causes and risk factors of bad breath?
      • What are the symptoms of bad breath?
      • How is bad breath treated? What can be done to prevent bad breath?
      • What products can be used to eliminate or mask bad breath?
      • When should someone see a doctor about bad breath?
    • Cough Chronic cough is a cough that does not go away and is generally a symptom of another disorder such as asthma, allergic rhinitis,...learn more »
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      Cough Article
      • Chronic cough facts
      • What is chronic cough?
      • What are causes of chronic cough?
      • What are the different types of coughs?
      • How is chronic cough treated?
      • Are there home remedies for chronic cough?
      • Can chronic cough be prevented?
    • Ear Infection (Otitis Media) Middle ear infection or inflammation (otitis media) is inflammation fo the middle ear. There are two types of otitis media, acute...learn more »
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      • Ear infection or inflammation (otitis media) facts
      • What is otitis media (middle ear infection or inflammation)?
      • What are the symptoms of acute middle ear infection?
      • How common is acute middle ear infection or inflammation?
      • "Are ear infections contagious?
      • Why do young children tend to have ear infections?
      • How does the Eustachian tube change as a child gets older?
      • What microorganisms cause middle ear infection or inflammation?
      • What is the relationship between bottlefeeding and middle ear infection or inflammation?
      • What are the risk factors for acute middle ear infection or inflammation?
      • How is acute otitis media diagnosed?
      • How is acute middle ear infection or inflammation treated?
      • Are there any home remedies for acute ear infection (otitis media)?
      • What causes chronic middle ear infection or inflammation?
      • What happens to the eardrum in chronic middle ear infection or inflammation?
      • What happens to the eardrum if a hole develops in the eardrum?
      • How is chronic middle ear infection or inflammation treated?
      • What are the goals of chronic otitis media surgery?
      • What is serious middle ear infection or inflammation?
      • What limitations are there on a child with middle ear infection or inflammation?
      • Can otitis media (middle ear infection or inflammation) be prevented?

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