Common Cold

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

Infectious Diseases

Natural Ways to Fight a Cold

by The HealthCentral Editorial Team
Infectious Diseases

The Best Fluids to Keep You Hydrated

by Kristina Brooks
Common Cold

The Common Cold: "Why is My Child Always Sick"

by James Thompson, M.D.

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Doctor giving a rheumatoid arthritis patient a vaccine.
Rheumatoid Arthritis

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.

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Fitness & Exercise

Should I Exercise When I'm Sick?

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

Woman with cold experiences heightened symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.
Rheumatoid Arthritis

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.
Rheumatoid Arthritis

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 exercising and staying hydrated.
Infectious Diseases

4 Ways to Boost Your Immune System

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

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Lung & Respiratory

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
Lung & Respiratory

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.

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Children's Health

Prep for Cold and Flu Season

Summer ends, the kids head back to school, and most of us settle down for what we think will be a crisp and delightful Autumn. Instead, what usually happens is that cold and flu season strikes well before winter comes calling. Get a leg up on the sea...