Infectious Diseases

Common Cold

Find the latest stories, news, and expert advice about the common cold, including medical research on symptoms, treatment, and prevention.

Mother helping sick daughter blow her nose.
Symptoms

Is It a Cold or the Flu?

When you’re suffering from nasal congestion and fatigue, it can be tough to determine whether you have an ordinary cold or something more serious like the flu.

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Doctor giving a rheumatoid arthritis patient a vaccine.
Vaccines

What You Need to Know Before Getting Vaccinated

When you have RA, you have approximately double the risk of infection compared to the general population because of your suppressed immune system. But before you get vaccinated to protect yourself, this is what you need to know.

Woman with cold experiences heightened symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
Symptoms

Can the Flu Make My RA Symptoms Worse?

When you have rheumatoid arthritis, getting a cold or the flu can add stress to your immune system and make your symptoms worse.

Sick woman on couch with tea, cold medicine and crumpled kleenex on ottoman.
Treatment

Cold Remedies on Methotrexate?

Methotrexate helps control rheumatoid arthritis, but it also makes you vulnerable to colds. Here are the cold remedies you can safely take.

Woman out for a walk blowing her nose.
Complications

Should I Work Out If I Have a Cold?

It’s the age-old question of — sleep it out, or sweat it out? Which is the best for your body to heal?

Woman with the flu taking her temperature while blowing her nose.
Winter

Your Flu Questions Answered

Can you get the flu after you’ve already had the flu? Is it too late to get your shot? We’ve tapped experts to answer these questions — and more.

Cherries, berries, and tea.
Alternative Treatment

Cold and Flu Fighting Foods and Supplements

Nutritionist Jonny Bowden explains the best foods and supplements to help strengthen your immune system against cold, flu, and other common illnesses.

Feeling sick at gym.
Complications

Should I Exercise When I'm Sick?

Some people believe in sweating out the sickness — but is it safe?

Woman exercising and staying hydrated.
Alternative Treatment

4 Ways to Boost Your Immune System

With these simple strategies you can increase your chances of staying healthy during cold and flu season.

Treatment

When to Skip an Antibiotic

When you’re ill, it’s understandable to want to shorten your misery by taking an antibiotic. Here’s why that’s not always such a good idea.

Man with cold
Treatment

How to Treat the Common Cold

As many as 200 different viruses can cause colds, so no one drug exists to cure one. Taking antibiotics will neither prevent sinus infections nor improve cold symptoms. Here’s what to do instead.