Cold Health Topics

Featured Conditions and Diseases
Acute sinusitis refers to sinus inflammation that has been going on for fewer than four weeks. This eMedTV segment provides an overview of this type of sinus infection, with detailed information on symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment.
Chronic sinusitis is a type of sinus inflammation that lasts 12 weeks or longer, despite treatment. This eMedTV Web page takes an in-depth look at this condition, including what causes it, possible symptoms, treatment options, and more.
The common cold is an illness caused by a virus that often results in sneezing, runny nose, and coughing. This eMedTV article discusses the common cold in detail, with information about symptoms, transmission, treatment, and ways to prevent it.
Pneumonia is an infection in the lungs caused by certain types of bacteria, viruses, or fungi. This eMedTV article gives an overview of this potentially serious condition, with information on its causes, symptoms, treatment options, and more.
Sinusitis (swelling of the paranasal sinuses) often causes facial pain, nasal blockage, and thick mucus. This eMedTV article offers an overview of this condition, with detailed information on its causes, possible symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Featured Medications
Afrin is a non-prescription nasal spray used to treat nasal congestion caused by several conditions. This eMedTV page offers a more in-depth look at this medication, including information on how it works, potential side effects, and safety precautions.
Alavert-D is a non-prescription medication licensed to treat cold and allergy symptoms. This article from the eMedTV site provides a more in-depth look at this medication, including specific uses, potential side effects, and general dosing guidelines.
If anesthesia will be used in an upcoming surgery, tell your doctor if you've been having cold symptoms. This eMedTV article explains how a cold could affect the way your body handles anesthesia.
Astragalus is an herbal supplement that may be useful for people with cancer or hepatitis. This eMedTV Web page discusses the possible benefits of this product, explains how it works, explores its safety and effectiveness, and more.
If you have pneumonia or a sinus infection, your healthcare provider may prescribe Augmentin XR. This eMedTV segment offers more information on the antibiotic, including details on how it works, possible side effects, dosing guidelines, and more.
Available by prescription only, benzonatate is a drug used to stop a cough. This portion of the eMedTV library takes an in-depth look at this medication, explaining how it works, what to expect during treatment, dosing guidelines, and more.
Ceftin is commonly prescribed to treat infections such as strep throat, ear infections, or sinus infections. This eMedTV page describes how this antibiotic works, potential side effects, dosing guidelines, and general safety precautions.
Chlorpheniramine is an antihistamine drug approved to treat the common cold, allergies, and hives. This eMedTV resource explains how the medication works, offers general dosing information, and lists some of its potential side effects.
Delsym is a 12-hour, nonprescription cough suppressant. This eMedTV Web selection provides a complete overview of this product, with information on how it works, possible side effects, drug warnings, and general dosing guidelines.
Dextromethorphan is a drug found in various prescription and nonprescription cough, cold, and flu products. This eMedTV article provides an overview of this medication, including details on how it works, potential side effects, dosing tips, and more.
Diphenhydramine is an antihistamine used for treating various conditions, including allergy symptoms. This eMedTV page lists other uses, describes the various forms that this drug comes in, and explores its potential side effects.
Echinacea is an herbal supplement most often used to treat or prevent the common cold or the flu. This eMedTV resource explores other possible benefits of echinacea, explains how the supplement works, and lists potential side effects of the product.
Gemifloxacin is prescribed to treat pneumonia and bronchitis. This selection from the eMedTV Web library offers an in-depth look at this antibiotic, providing details on its dosing, possible side effects, safety warnings, and more.
Guaifenesin is used in many different products to help loosen phlegm and make coughs more productive. This eMedTV page takes an in-depth look at this drug, with information on the different strengths and forms, safety precautions, side effects, and more.
Neo-Synephrine is a non-prescription nasal spray used to relieve congestion caused by allergies or a cold. This eMedTV article offers a more in-depth look at this medication, including information on how it works, side effects, and safety precautions.
A pneumonia vaccine can help prevent pneumococcal pneumonia in both children and adults. This eMedTV selection gives an overview of the different types of this vaccine, explaining how they work, what to expect, dosing guidelines, and more.
Pseudoephedrine is a decongestant commonly used to relieve nasal and sinus congestion. This eMedTV resource covers the drug's uses in more detail, explains how it works, and describes the various forms that this product comes in.
Sinupret is an herbal supplement that is claimed to support healthy sinus, respiratory, and immune function. This eMedTV resource covers specific uses of the product, explores how this supplement may work, and offers important safety information.
Sudafed PE is an over-the-counter drug approved to treat nasal and sinus congestion. This article from the eMedTV Web site provides a more in-depth look at this drug, including information on its uses, possible side effects, and dosing guidelines.
Tavist is a non-prescription drug often used for the treatment of allergy and common cold symptoms. This eMedTV resource describes how the medication works, explains when and how to take it, and lists some of its potential side effects.
Tussionex is a 12-hour prescription medicine used to treat symptoms caused by allergies or the common cold. This eMedTV Web selection provides an overview of this product, with information on how it works, possible side effects, and dosing guidelines.
Many people take vitamin C to prevent or treat a cold. This eMedTV article provides an overview of vitamin C, describing the effects that it may have on the body and also discussing its safety and effectiveness.
Some people believe that there is a link between zinc and the common cold -- namely, that taking zinc lozenges can prevent colds. This eMedTV Web page discusses the data on zinc and the common cold, and looks at side effects of long-term zinc use.
Zyvox is an antibiotic used to treat pneumonia and other serious infections. This part of the eMedTV site takes an in-depth look at this drug, with information on how it works, what to expect when taking it, safety warnings, and more.
Featured Symptoms
Sore throats can make the throat scratchy and dry -- they are also a common health complaint. This page from the eMedTV Web site further discusses these throat infections, including possible symptoms, prevention tips, and treatment options.
Featured Other
Nasal irrigation involves rinsing the nasal passages to treat allergies and other conditions. This eMedTV article tells you how to get started with this process, including information on selecting the right device and making your own saline solution.
A neti pot is a device used to flush out the nasal cavity with a saline solution. As this eMedTV Web page explains, the device is frequently used to treat various nasal or sinus conditions, such as allergies, sinus infections, or the common cold.
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