Cold & Flu

Cold & Flu Articles

Can vitamin C prevent a cold?

For the general population, taking daily vitamin C does not reduce the risk of getting a cold. Taking at least 200 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C per day appears to reduce the duration of cold symptoms by an average of 8% in adults and 14% in children, meaning recovery about one day sooner. It’s best to get vitamin C from food. Eating the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables per day should provide the Recommended Dietary Allowance of 90 mg per day for men and 75 mg per day for women. More »

What causes a cough after a cold?

A persistent cough that remains after an infection has been treated can last for a month or two. There are several treatments that may offer relief, such as antihistamines or a bronchodilator inhaler.  More »

How long does the flu last?

Few common illnesses are more unpleasant than the flu. The aches and pains, chills, fever, and cough are bad enough; add in the other potential symptoms of flu, including runny nose, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, or sore throat, and you'll want the illness to be over as soon as possible. How long does the flu last? And does treating flu help make it go away faster? The answers depend on your particular health. The flu—or influenza—is a highly contagious respiratory virus caused by one of three different virus types: influenza A, B, or C. It spreads quickly by way of droplets of saliva that become airborne when someone sneezes or coughs, according to the Harvard Special Report Viruses and Disease. You can also get the flu by exposure to saliva passed by routine contact, such as kissing or sharing eating utensils. More »

Is it too late to get a flu shot?

The best time to get an annual flu shot is in mid-October. However, it’s not too late to get the shot in December, since people are still at risk of getting flu for several more months. (Locked) More »

Surviving the flu season

Even if the flu shot isn’t a perfect match for the virus, vaccination still lowers the chance of getting influenza and reduces symptoms for those who do. Fluzone High Dose and Fluad are more effective for people 65 and older. (Locked) More »

What to do about sinusitis

Sinusitis occurs when blocked sinuses cannot drain and the backed-up mucus gets infected. The simplest and often most effective treatment is daily nasal irrigation. It can also help to drink a lot of water, inhale steam, and sleep with the head elevated. More »