Colds and Flu

Flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses, In general, flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms are more intense. 

Decongestants

Decongestants may help shrink swollen tissues in the nose, sinuses, throat, and the space behind the eardrum (middle ear). This may relieve pressure, pain, and stuffiness (congestion). Decongestants can be taken by mouth as a pill or liquid (oral) or used as nose drops, sprays, or gels. The oral kind provides longer…

Difference Between the Flu and a Cold

The flu and the common cold are both types of upper respiratory infections (URIs). Both are caused by viruses. But the flu is not the same as the common cold. Flu symptoms Flu symptoms are usually much worse than a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly and lasts longer. Symptoms may include: Fever. Cough. Shaking…

Ear Infection: Should I Give My Child Antibiotics?

Guides through decision to use antibiotics for a child’s ear infection. Covers symptoms of an ear infection. Offers home treatment tips. Includes interactive tool to help you make your decision. This topic is only appropriate for children 6 months and older.

Ear Infections

Is this topic for you? This topic covers infections of the middle ear, commonly called ear infections. For information on outer ear infections, see the topic Ear Canal Problems (Swimmer’s Ear). For information on inner ear infections, see the topic Labyrinthitis. What is a middle ear infection? The middle ear is the…

Fever or Chills, Age 11 and Younger

Discusses fevers in children age 11 and younger. Includes info on temperatures considered normal, mild fever, or high fever. Offers home treatment tips to reduce fever. Includes interactive tool to help you decide when to call a doctor.