Cold, Flu, and Cough

What Is Cold, Flu, and Cough

The common cold is a term used to describe viral infections of the upper respiratory tract (throat and sinuses). People with the common cold might experience stuffy/runny nose, sneezing, cough, congestion, and fever. Even though the common cold is a consistently viral infection, it is not always caused by the same virus, making vaccinations and eradication nearly impossible. The flu is a similar but more severe respiratory infection. It affects your lungs as well as your nose and throat, often causing more severe symptoms. It is important to note that “the flu” is different from “the stomach flu”, which is a viral infection that more directly targets the gastrointestinal tract and can result in severe vomiting and diarrhea.

Many times, a cold or flu is accompanied by an acute cough that typically goes away after two to three weeks. A cough, an “expelling” of air from your lungs, is a normal way to keep your throat and airways clear. Coughs can be either dry or productive (meaning they bring up mucus). If your cough lasts longer than three weeks or grows worse, you should see a doctor. It may be a sign of a more serious condition.

What Causes Cold, Flu, and Cough

Risk Factors For Cold, Flu, and Cough

Diagnosing Cold, Flu, and Cough

Symptoms of Cold, Flu, and Cough


Living With Cold, Flu, and Cough



Medication And Treatment

Complementary and Alternative Treatment

When To Contact A Doctor

Questions For A Doctor