cold and flu

  • 5 signs you’ve got fall allergies

    How can you tell if you have fall allergies and not a cold or other respiratory virus? Here's what to look out for.

  • Got the sniffles? Here's how to tell if it's allergies, a cold or something else

    Congested? Have a runny nose? It can be hard to tell if you have a cold, allergies, COVID-19, or something else entirely. Here's how to figure out.

  • 7 items every COVID-conscious family needs to fight cold and flu season, according to medical experts

    Cold and flu season is about to collide with the COVID pandemic. Doctors say these tools can help keep your family safe and healthy.

  • 7 items every COVID-conscious family needs to prepare for flu season, according to medical experts

    Cold and flu season is about to collide with the COVID pandemic. Doctors say these tools can help keep your family safe and healthy.

  • A 4-year-old has gone blind from the flu: How often does this happen?

    Jade DeLucia, 4, is blind after getting the flu. She didn't get the flu vaccine this year and now her mom is sharing Jade's story to raise awareness.

  • Here's why this flu season is shaping up to be one of the worst in years

    This year’s flu season may end up being one of the worst the U.S. has seen in years, with at least 6.4 million Americans coming down with the flu so far.

  • CDC says it’s flu vaccine time — here’s what you need to know

    Get your tissues ready — flu season is coming. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends getting the flu vaccine by late October.

  • Scientists may have found the cure for the common cold

    Here’s some good news as we head into cold and flu season: Scientists may have found the cure for the common cold.

  • Can’t Kick Your Cold? You Might Actually Be Dealing With Allergies

    Here’s what you can do to feel less miserable ASAP.

  • The weird way you can make your flu shot more effective

    Getting the flu vaccine when you’re in a positive state of mind may increase its ability to help you fend off the flu, according to a new study.

  • 7 Foods That Can Relieve Your Cold Symptoms

    Whether it hasn’t been four hours yet and you can’t take more OTC meds or you’d rather choose all-natural cures in the first place, these surprising foods can help you get better soon.

  • This Body-Boosting Secret Wards Off Colds, Puffy Eyes, and Excess Weight Gain

    Three wellness experts weigh in on what you can do to boost the function of your lymph system.

  • How to Look Fresh-Faced When You’re Battling a Cold

    You can still pull it together when you’re feeling under the weather.

  • Taking This for the Flu Doesn’t Work

    Swallowing Tylenol – or store brand – may not help with your symptoms at all. (Stocksy)

  • 7 Things You Should Never Touch at a Big-box Store

    With Black Friday on the horizon you’re probably thinking about that great deal you’re going to score. Or you’re busy planning your ever-growing holiday gift list. But this Black Friday, you may be bringing home more than you bargained for — your favorite big-box stores are some of the germiest places out there, harboring bacteria like E. coli and MRSA, and even fecal matter. Yuck.

  • Soothe These 5 Everyday Ailments With Tea

    In fact, in 2014 Americans consumed more than 80 billion servings of tea, or more than 3.6 billion gallons, and that doesn’t even include herbal teas.  “True” teas – green, black, oolong and white – are all made from the same plant, a warm-weather evergreen named Camellia sinensis. Herbal teas are also available in abundance and can be made from any leaf, root, fruit or flower that comes from a plant. 1. Anxiety If you’re feeling anxious, worried or stressed, a mug of chamomile tea might help take the edge off. One study at the University of Pennsylvania found that those with a generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) who took a chamomile supplement for eight weeks had a significant decrease in anxiety symptoms compared with those taking a placebo.

  • 5 Daily Habits That Could Be Making You Sick

    As sure as turkey on Thanksgiving, cold and flu season starts in the late fall and continues through early spring. As the days get colder and darker, we tend to go straight for comfort foods, often not as nutrient-dense as salads and grilled veggies you might see in the spring and summer.

  • Popular Cholesterol Drugs May Make Flu Vaccine Less Effective

    If you or someone you love takes statins, read on. Both studies looked at the effectiveness of flu vaccines in people who were or were not using statins. Taken together, the results connect statins to a dampened immune response to flu vaccines and greater odds of respiratory infections during flu season. The findings, published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, pose a particular conundrum for the elderly, who are more likely to die or face serious complications from the flu and also more likely to take statins to prevent potentially fatal heart attacks and strokes.

  • Nurse Reused Syringes On 67 Flu Shot Patients Who Are Now Being Tested for HIV, Hepatitis

    Now,  67 employees of Otsuka Pharmaceutical in West Windsor are being tested for HIV and hepatitis as a result of this oversight, which happened when they received flu shots through their employer on Sept. 30. An official from the New Jersey Department of Health sent a letter to the Otsuka employees informing them of the nurse’s error, which explained that “the needles were changed between each patient, but the syringe was reused multiple times,” NBC10 reports. There is a low risk of infection and syringes that hold the vaccine, not needles, were reused, said officials at the New Jersey Department of Health.

  • You Should Call Your Doctor Immediately If You Have These (Seemingly Minor) Symptoms

    The American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians announced this week that adults who experience a rash and fever of 100.5 or above should visit the ER. They specifically cited the following: Toxic Shock Syndrome: A potentially fatal illness caused by a bacteria that releases a toxin called toxic shock syndrome toxin-1. Staph Scalded Skin Syndrome: A serious infection caused by strains of the Staphylococcus bacteria, which produce a poison that causes skin damage.