In-depth

Lifestyle and home remedies

Chicken soup: Can it treat a cold?

Cold remedies

Have a cold? Common sense rules

Have a cold? Fight back with humidity

Have a cold? Fight it with fluids

Humidifiers

Stuffy nose? Try saline spray

Vitamin C: Can it prevent colds?

Prevention

Hand-washing tips

School health tips

Symptoms

Fatigue

Headache

Runny nose

Symptom Checker

Foot pain? Headache? Sore throat? Skin rash? Use the Symptom Checker to find out what's causing your symptom.

Watery eyes

Treatments and drugs

Avoid rebound nasal congestion

Breast-feeding and medications

Can chicken soup cure a cold?

Does zinc work for colds?

April 09, 2016
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