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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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by our physicians

All About Pneumonia

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

Taking Your Child's Temperature

By Dr. 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

DMG’s Cold vs. Allergies Symptoms Guide

By DuPage Medical Group Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

Read DMG’s Cold vs. Allergies infographic to clarify your condition and find helpful tips for relief.

Topics and Subtopics: Allergies & Cold & Flu

Your Commonly Asked Allergy & Asthma Questions Answered!

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.

Topics and Subtopics: Allergies , Asthma , Children's Health , Chronic Disease Management & Cold & Flu


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

Voice Box Tumors

By DuPage Medical Group Otolaryngology

Laryngeal papillomatosis is a disease consisting of tumors that grow inside the larynx (voice box), vocal cords, or the air passages leading from the nose into the lungs (respiratory tract). It is a rare disease caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV). Although scientists are uncertain how people are infected with HPV, they have identified more than 60 types of HPVs. Tumors caused by HPVs, called papillomas, are often associated with two specific types of the virus (HPV 6 and HPV 11). They may vary in size and grow very quickly. Eventually, these tumors may block the airway passage and cause difficulty breathing.

Topics and Subtopics: Cold & Flu & Ear, Nose, & Throat

Post Nasal Drip

By DuPage Medical Group Primary Care

Postnasal drip is the most common cause of chronic cough. Postnasal drip is a condition that develops when secretions from the nose chronically drip into the
back of the throat. These secretions can cause throat inflammation and trigger a cough.

Topics and Subtopics: Children's Health , Cold & Flu & Ear, Nose, & Throat

Can't Stop Coughing? It May Be Chronic Cough!

By DuPage Medical Group

The ability to cough is an important part of normal lung function. Coughing from time to time helps clear particles and secretions from the lungs and prevent infection. However, sometimes a cough can become
a chronic condition that requires a medical evaluation.

Topics and Subtopics: Cold & Flu , Ear, Nose, & Throat & Respiratory Problems

Difficulty Swallowing: All About Dysphagia

By DuPage Medical Group Otolaryngology

People with dysphagia have difficulty swallowing and may also experience pain while swallowing. Some people may be completely unable to swallow or may have trouble swallowing liquids, foods, or saliva. Eating then becomes a challenge. Often, dysphagia makes it difficult to take in enough calories and fluids to nourish the body.

Topics and Subtopics: Children's Health , Cold & Flu & Ear, Nose, & Throat

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