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Is Your Cold Really an Allergy?

Posted by Ivey on October 15th, 2012

Woman SneezingRecently, I woke up with a stuffy head, congestion, and runny nose. My first thought: I seriously do not have time for this. My second thought: Where did this come from because I felt fine yesterday? If you’ve found yourself in a similar situation, take inventory of your symptoms before immediately reaching for cold medicine because allergies could be the cause.

Allergies and common colds have many of the same symptoms, but the causes are different and need to be treated differently. Colds are caused by viruses, which can be airborne or passed by an infected person through handshakes, food sharing, uncovered sneezes and coughs, and similar social gestures. Cold viruses can also live on countertops, computer keyboards, desktops, dishes, and other surfaces. For most healthy people, cold symptoms only last a few days to a couple of weeks. Read more about differences between a common cold and allergy symptoms.

How Humidifiers Treat Cold Symptoms

Posted by John on October 30th, 2008

On ABC News, Dr. Melissa McNeil recently explained how humidifiers can help treat cold symptoms in children.

humidifiersA viewer asked, “Many parents use humidifiers in their young children’s rooms when they have a cold. Do they really do any good?” Read more about humidifiers and cold symptoms

Is It A Cold or Allergies?

Posted by John on September 14th, 2008

Woman SneezingIt’s now officially autumn, the season of the sniffles. Temperatures are beginning to drop, ragweed is still in the air, and kids are back in school and coming into contact with more germs.

If you or someone in your family seems to get a bad cold at the same time each year, it could be seasonal allergies. While allergies and colds can present similar symptoms, it is possible to tell them apart. Read more about colds and allergies

Top Five Reasons for Missing School

Posted by John on August 18th, 2008

Class is back in session! It’s time for homework, report cards, and (hopefully not too many) sick days.

The Mayo Clinic recently released the top five reasons why children miss school:

1. Common Cold – The airborne common cold virus spreads easily from child to child in classroom settings. Symptoms include runny nose, sore throat, cough, sneezing, and fever. Cough medicines are not recommended for young children, and there’s no cure for the cold, but here’s how you can help your child feel better:

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Offer plenty of fluids, such as water, juice and chicken soup.
Encourage your child to rest as much as possible.
Run a humidifier in your child’s bedroom, or have your child sit in a steamy bathroom.
Try over-the-counter saline nose drops.
For an older child, soothe a sore throat with hard candy, cough drops or gargled salt water. 

Read more about the most common reasons for missed school