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Vaping Habit Might Make You More Prone to Flu

Vaping Habit Might Make You More Prone to Flu

By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter Latest Cold and Flu News MONDAY, May 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Steering clear of folks who are coughing and sneezing is one way to prevent catching the flu. Avoiding e-cigarettes may be another, new research suggests. In a small study including smokers, e-cigarette users and nonsmokers, researchers saw that both […]

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Drier Winter Air May Propel Flu’s Spread

Drier Winter Air May Propel Flu’s Spread

Latest Cold and Flu News WEDNESDAY, May 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Ever wonder why the flu rarely strikes in the summer? New research offers an explanation:That dry air your heating system sends throughout your home in the winter weakens your immune system, making you a prime target for viral infection. Cold temperatures and low […]

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Sore Throat Home Remedies

Sore Throat Home Remedies

What should you know about sore throat treatments? Various natural sore throat remedies can be used at home to help soothe sore throat pain and other symptoms. Some of these may be familiar, like drinking warm liquids with honey and lemon juice or gargling with salt water, and you may find some new ones too, […]

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How long does the flu last?

How long does the flu last?

Many sources discuss the common cold and flu as though they are interchangeable, but the flu is usually worse than the common cold. Although most people with the flu feel better after about a week, the illness can last longer if a person develops complications. The flu can leave a person unable to work, perform […]

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Is Laryngitis Contagious?

Is Laryngitis Contagious?

What is laryngitis? The definition of laryngitis is an inflammation of the larynx (the voice box that contains the vocal cords). In laryngitis the vocal cords that are responsible for sounds made by the voice become inflamed and possibly swollen, which results in a voice change that may sound hoarse, raspy, or low volume; so […]

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Is Sore Throat (Pharyngitis) Contagious?

Is Sore Throat (Pharyngitis) Contagious?

What is pharyngitis? Pharyngitis is medical term for a sore throat. Pharyngitis is an inflammation of the pharynx (throat) that results in throat discomfort, pain and/or throat scratchiness; in some individuals it may cause painful swallowing. Sore throat is usually caused by a viral infection and less commonly, a bacterial infection usually by group A […]

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‘Two Wave’ Flu Season Unusually Long: CDC

‘Two Wave’ Flu Season Unusually Long: CDC

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter Latest Cold and Flu News TUESDAY, April 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) — What looked like a mild flu season in December has turned into the longest flu season in five years, U.S. health officials report. The season is so prolonged because two waves of flu viruses hit one after the other, […]

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Do Hospitals Have Flu’s Spread Under Control?

Do Hospitals Have Flu’s Spread Under Control?

Latest Cold and Flu News FRIDAY, April 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Many hospital workers and patients spread the flu before they show any symptoms, a new study says. The bottom line: Current flu infection control measures in hospitals may be inadequate, the Swiss researchers say. “Our findings suggest that influenza infection in acute care […]

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Is Tonsillitis Contagious?

Is Tonsillitis Contagious?

What is tonsillitis? The large tonsils are two oval-shaped areas of lymphoid tissue that occur on the left and the right side of the throat. These tonsils are also referred to as the palatine tonsils. In addition, there are two lingual tonsils located at the base and the back of the left and right tongue. […]

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Tonsillitis and Adenoiditis

Tonsillitis and Adenoiditis

What causes tonsillitis and adenoid infections? The most common problems occurring with the tonsils and adenoids are acute, recurrent, or chronic infections and significant enlargement (hypertrophy). Acute tonsillitis Acute tonsillitis is an infection of the tonsils caused by one of several possible types of bacteria or viruses. Symptoms of acute tonsillitis can either come on […]