The common cold usually lasts around 10 days, but can last up to 14 days (2 weeks).
Pharyngitis describes inflammation of the back of the throat, called the pharynx. It is basically a sore throat, but differs from laryngitis and tonsillitis.
There are several treatments and medications that can help relieve the symptoms of respiratory tract infections. Some of them more successfully than others.
Here are some tips to help keep colds at bay.
Got a cough? Your first step toward relief is to find out the cause. Then consider your symptoms. With that information, you can choose the best treatment.
Just how long does a cough usually last? The answer, according to research is around 18 days. Yet many people with a cough get concerned after around 5 to 9days.
Anyone can have a chest infection, and they are common after having a cold or flu, especially in the autumn and winter.
Learn why having green or yellow snot doesn't always mean you'll need antibiotics.
Flu viruses come in three basic types: A, B and C. Flu types A and B cause most cases of flu with the typical symptoms of aches, fatigue, coughs and fever. Type C usually causes less severe symptoms.
Tonsillitis is a viral or bacterial infection that isn't contagious itself, but the infections that cause it can be picked up from someone else who is infected.
Sore throats are common in children, teenagers and adults. Depending on what's caused the sore throat, they usually don't need any specific medical treatment. However, home care can help soothe the symptoms.
Mucus that drips down the back of the throat is known as a postnasal drip. This may be triggered by different medical conditions such as a cold or allergy.
Colds and flu can bring on hacking coughs that can leave your chest aching. Allergies, asthma, heartburn, dry air, smoking and even some medicines can also cause a chronic cough. Get tips for cough relief and cough treatments.
Coughing is the body's natural way of trying to clear the airways of anything stuck there, mucus after a cold, or irritating smoke or dust.
For some people at risk of complications from flu, antiviral treatment may be prescribed.
Answers to frequently asked questions about the common cold.
Earache can be painful for children and adults, and has a variety of causes. Learn about earache causes, symptoms and treatments
For most people, colds or flu go away and they feel fine after a few days or so. Some people, however, are left with catarrh - unpleasant nasal congestion with a build-up of mucus, usually in the nose, throat, ears or chest.
Flu is a virus that targets the respiratory system. Here are the answers to the 10 most common questions about the flu.
Swine flu (H1N1) is a type of influenza that is now considered seasonal. Learn about the symptoms and how iot differss from other types of flu.
Laryngitis is an inflammation of the voice box, or larynx – the tube-like structure at the entrance of your windpipe (trachea).
You can take all the precautions in the world, but sometimes the flu sneaks around your defences. So what do you do when someone in your house has the flu?
Having an annual flu jab every autumn to protect again seasonal flu is recommended by the NHS for people in at-risk groups, such as people with long-term medical conditions and pregnant women.
How to keep an unwelcome guest - flu - away from your party.
With the misery of the cold and flu season many people turn to natural cold and flu remedies, such as vitamin C, zinc, echinacea and others.
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