Cold & Flu

The common cold and flu are viral infections in the body. While there are no medications or “cures” for either infection, people can take certain steps to avoid getting a cold or the flu, such as flu shots, a balanced diet, proper dress for the weather and vitamins. Symptoms of the flu and a cold include fever, chills, congestion, coughing, sore throat and body aches. Both the flu and colds generally last 1-2 weeks.

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According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately eight to ten percent of the United States population will become sick with an influenza (flu) virus each year. Additionally, the average American will catch between two to three colds per year. There are more over-the-counter (OTC) options than ever before and it can be difficult to know which is best for you. Certain health conditions including diabetes or high blood pressure, and other factors such as pregnancy, may also impact your decision. Our board-certified Express and Immediate Care physicians share tips to help you select the best OTC medication(s) to manage your symptoms, and which to avoid, if necessary.
Topics and Subtopics: Cold & Flu

Cold and flu season is fast-approaching and that means that germs could be coming home with you soon. Once you’re feeling better, go beyond wiping down counters to keep germs from spreading with these tips for a deep clean.
Topics and Subtopics: Cold & Flu, General Health & Infectious Disease

By Feodor Ung, MD
For many of us, changing seasons often means an increase in stuffy noses, itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing, head and/or body aches. It can be difficult to pinpoint what is causing these symptoms whether it is a cold, seasonal allergies or a sinus infection. Board-certified otolaryngologist (ENT), Feodor Ung, MD, shares some of the key differences between colds, allergies and sinus infections as well as treatment options for each.
Topics and Subtopics: Allergies, Cold & Flu & Ear, Nose, & Throat

By DuPage Medical Group Primary Care
With the cold and flu season upon us, now is the perfect time to go through your medicine cabinet and make sure it is fully stocked when you need it most.
Topics and Subtopics: Allergies & Cold & Flu

By Charles Schwartz, MD
There are many misconceptions about the flu shot that make the rounds each year. Internal Medicine Physician, Dr. Charles Schwartz, sets the record straight.
Topics and Subtopics: Cold & Flu, General Health & Infectious Disease

By DuPage Medical Group Pulmonary Medicine
Pneumonia impacts your ability to breathe. It can range from a mild to life-threatening condition. Learn what you need to know about pneumonia here.
Topics and Subtopics: Cold & Flu & Respiratory Problems

By Dr. Scott Murphy
It is always a good idea to get familiar with whichever type of thermometer you have so that you feel confident that you can correctly use it and trust its results. We recommend you try using it and consider having whoever else is caring for your child do the same.
Topics and Subtopics: Children's Health & Cold & Flu

By DuPage Medical Group Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Is it a cold or allergies? Check out our Cold vs. Allergies infographic to clarify your condition and find helpful tips for relief.
Topics and Subtopics: Allergies & Cold & Flu

By DuPage Medical Group Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Receive expert advice from our Allergy and Asthma physicians with helpful answers to the most commonly asked allergy and asthma questions.

By DuPage Medical Group Pediatrics
Of all the calls we receive at our office, fever wins hands down as the one complaint that generates the most parental concern.
Topics and Subtopics: Children's Health & Cold & Flu

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