Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Infectious diseases A to Z: the common cold versus the flu

Influenza and the common cold are respiratory illnesses caused by viruses. The more intense flu symptoms tend to come on more abruptly than the gradual, more mild symptoms of a cold. Dr. Nipunie Rajapakse, a pediatric infectious ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Can you die from a common cold?

Most people know that the flu can kill. Indeed, the so-called Spanish flu killed 50 million people in 1918—more than were killed in the first world war. But what about the common cold? Can you really catch your death?

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

What parents need to know about pink eye

A case of conjunctivitis—also known as pink eye—used to mean a trip to the doctor's office, antibiotics and keeping your child home from school. That's no longer the case. Dr. Marcie Billings, a Mayo Clinic pediatrician, ...

Health

Staying safe in the cold

In extremely cold, snowy and windy conditions, your safest option is to stay indoors. But if you have to head outside, experts at Rush University Medical Center have advice for avoiding the most common cold-related injuries: ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

How to tell the difference between hay fever and the common cold

You wake up with a runny nose and, come to think of it, you've been sneezing more than usual. It feels like the start of a cold but it's October – the start of hay fever season – so what is the more likely affiliation?

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