The Z pack is a 5-day antibiotic treatment that does not work on the common cold. Viral infections cause the common cold, but the Z pack only works on bacterial infections. People should only use the Z pack under a doctor’s supervision, as taking antibiotics unnecessarily could do more harm than good. Doctors may recommend […]
Empyema is a condition that affects the space between the outermost layer of the lungs and the layer touching the chest wall, known as the pleural space. This space exists to help the lungs expand and contract. The pleural space naturally contains a small amount of fluid. Empyema happens when extra fluid begins to collect […]
Emergen-C is a dietary supplement that claims to support the immune system. Some people take it to treat colds. We look at whether Emergen-C works or not.
Feeling warm or flushed can be a symptom of pregnancy. Changes in the body during pregnancy can cause similar symptoms to those that accompany a fever. During pregnancy, a woman may also be more susceptible to infections, such as colds and the flu. Pregnancy weakens the immune system to help ensure that the body does […]
Many people associate cold weather with the common cold. While the weather is not directly responsible for making people sick, the viruses that cause colds may spread more easily in lower temperatures, and exposure to cold and dry air may adversely impact the body’s immune system. In this article, we examine the relationship between cold […]
People have used elderberry for its health benefits for hundreds of years. Elderberry contains antioxidants, and many believe it can relieve colds, fight the flu, and boost the immune system. There is little scientific research into the effects of elderberries on people’s health. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) state that more […]
Bronchopneumonia is a type of pneumonia, a condition that causes inflammation of the lungs. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and may include coughing, breathing difficulties, and fever. Causes include bacterial, viral, or fungal chest infections. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pneumonia is responsible for around 51,811 deaths each […]
As the cold season approaches, we could all benefit from being more cautious about germs and viruses, especially in crowded areas. New research scans various airport surfaces and finds that plastic security trays hold the highest concentration of viruses. Airports are major traveling hubs, but some airport areas are riddled with germs. Most of the […]
Respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is a viral infection that can cause significant symptoms in infants under the age of 2 years old. However, most infants who get the virus experience cold-like symptoms and recover without issue. RSV can have serious consequences in certain groups, however, including: babies younger than 6 months babies born prematurely […]
Chronic, or recurring ear infections require medical attention. They are caused by a build-up of fluid behind the eardrum that persists or keeps coming back. Chronic ear infections are more common in children. In this article, we look at the types, causes, and treatments for chronic ear infections.