Archive for October, 2012

When Should You See a Doctor for a Cold?

Colds are highly contagious viral infections of the nose and throat, and many of us know misery they bring — congestion, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, coughing, mild fever, and headache. But miserable as they are, most colds are minor illnesses which tend to go away within 14 days, with or without treatment. Infants and […]

What Is the Flu?

Each winter, millions of people suffer from the flu, which is a highly contagious infection. It spreads easily from person to person, mainly when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs cause the flu, which is the short name for influenza. The illness is usually a mild disease […]

Flu shot: Your best bet for avoiding influenza

This year’s annual flu shot will offer protection against H1N1 flu (swine flu) virus, in addition to two other influenza viruses that are expected to be in circulation this fall and winter. Influenza is a respiratory infection that can cause serious complications, particularly to young children and to older adults. Flu shots are the most […]

Swine Flu: What We’ve Learned

From the middle of April through late October 2009, it is estimated that more than 47,000 people have been hospitalized in the United States from the novel H1N1 flu (swine flu), and about 4,000 have died. Usually, flu season doesn’t gear up until the late fall. With so many cases and hospitalizations already, there is […]

Can the Cold Give You a Cold?

While mom may have warned that you would catch a cold from going outside in chilly weather with a wet head or without a jacket, experts say it’s a myth. “Bad weather does not cause colds,” says Carl Olden, MD, a family practitioner in Yakima, Wash., who explains that Alaskans and Canadians living year-round above […]

Picking the Right Cold Medication

Tough decisions are the last thing you want to face when a cold hits you full force. It’s very confusing because there are so many different products. People simply have to read labels. While you’re squinting at the cold medication label, pay close attention to the doses recommended for different age groups. Follow these steps […]

Give Your Body Its Vitamin Supplements!

What are vitamins? The term ‘vitamin’ was first given to a group of substances that were thought to be vital for life, each containing a nitrogen-containing component known as an amine. Vitamins are essential for the proper functioning of our body. They help to strengthen the immune system, to ward off disease, and even to […]