Common Cold

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

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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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.

By Lene Andersen, MSW

Can the Flu Heighten My RA Symptoms?

When you get the flu or a bad cold, you feel awful any way. But when you have RA, everything can be heightened. How do you know whether a symptom is because of RA or the flu, and which do you treat?

By Ask HealthCentral

Which Cold Remedies Can I Use While on Methotrexate?

While immunosuppressants like Methotrexate and biologics are helping to suppress your RA, your body becomes vulnerable to colds, and then you’re limited on what to take because of how medicine affects immunosuppressants. What’s a person with a cold (...

By Ask HealthCentral

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?

By Jeffrey Heit, M.D.

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.

By Stephanie Stephens

Cold and Flu Fighting Foods and Supplements

The foods and supplements to load up on before, during, and even after a cold or flu.

By Lisa Nelson, RD, LN

Should I Exercise When I'm Sick?

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

By Stephanie Stephens

4 Ways to Boost Your Immune System

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

By Elizabeth Millard

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.

By HealthAfter50

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.

By HealthAfter50