Featured Cold Articles
Descriptions of Featured Cold Articles
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.
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.
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.
Pneumonia Symptoms and Signs
Breathing problems, chills, and a cough that produces yellow or green phlegm are common signs of pneumonia. This eMedTV article offers a more detailed description of the pneumonia symptoms and signs, including possible complications of the condition.
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.
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.
Sinus Infection (Sinusitis) Symptoms
If you have sinusitis, symptoms can range from nasal blockage to tooth pain to facial pain. As this eMedTV Web page explains, the pain will partly depend on which sinuses are affected. Additional signs of sinus infections are also discussed.
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.
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.
Causes of Pneumonia
Community-acquired pneumonia can be caused by bacteria, viruses, and fungi, among other things. This eMedTV selection takes a closer look at the organisms responsible for causing both community- and hospital-acquired pneumonia.
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.
Is Pneumonia Contagious?
As this eMedTV segment explains, people with pneumonia are most contagious when their symptoms are the most severe -- typically around day two to day four. This article talks more about how pneumonia is spread, with some helpful information on prevention.
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.
Common cold symptoms include a sore throat, runny nose, and cough. This eMedTV Web page lists common symptoms of a cold and discusses complications that may develop from the common cold, such as ear infections and sinusitis.
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.
How Long Does Pneumonia Last?
If you have pneumonia, you probably want to know how long it will last. As this eMedTV page explains, this depends on the cause, your age, and other factors. This page offers specific information on how long pneumonia typically lasts.
Guaifenesin Side Effects
Although most people have no problems with guaifenesin, side effects can occur. This eMedTV page discusses various adverse reactions that are possible with this drug, such as drowsiness, as well as those that require medical care, such as kidney stones.
Available as an injection (shot), the pneumonia vaccine helps prevent pneumonia and other conditions. This eMedTV page takes a closer look at when and how to get vaccinated, explaining how there are actually three vaccines used for different age groups.
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.