Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

COVID-19, cold, allergies and the flu: What are the differences?

If you have signs or symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), it's important that you contact your health care provider right away for medical advice. But COVID-19, the common cold, seasonal allergies and the flu ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Symptoms in cold weather predict morbidity and mortality

Heart and respiratory symptoms caused by cold weather predict higher morbidity and mortality. The researchers were surprised to find that symptoms related to cold weather increased morbidity and mortality in healthy individuals. ...

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: ...

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