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When it is cold and flu season, you can rely on Cold-Fix in order to keep you and your children from getting sick. But during the rest of the year, it is important to be able to stay healthy too. Staying healthy and fit year round is something that you have to work on everyday. If you aren’t taking care of yourself, you can get sick. It is important to work on preventing illness before it happens. You can do this by practicing safe hygiene while at home and work, taking multivitamins, and exercising to boost your immune system, and being aware of your surroundings while travelling. That’s where the Advice Center comes in.

Our Advice Center is designed to help keep you and your family healthy throughout the year by teaching preventative measures. We want you to learn how you can avoid illness for you and your children. We provide a variety of blogs, articles, and resources so that you can develop a healthy lifestyle that you can maintain over the coming years. We don’t want you to make short term changes that will eventually fade away. Our goal is to help you and your family change your habits and become healthy for the long term.

We want our Cold-Fix community to feel comfortable and knowledgeable about their health. That’s why we encourage you to read our blogs and leave comments. Interact with our community and see the experiences that other Cold-Fix users have had. We also encourage you to contact us directly and let us know about your personal health experiences. Tell us how our blogs and resources have positively impacted your health! Our goal is to hear all of the experiences from our viewers so that we can continue to offer more perspectives on health and wellness over time.

Build your Knowledge for Cold and Flu Remedies

What Is Flu? What Are Its Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments?
  Often referred to as cold, flu is different from the common cold and is caused by a different virus. The symptoms for both are quite similar though—you could call them twin brothers with some differences in appearances. Is Flu Cold and Cold-Flu? Not Really! Flu is caused by influenza A, B or C virus wherein A and B are the most common ones affecting people. It is seasonal and pays visits to people most commonly between November and March. But it does not mean you can't catch it during other times of the year. This is what's going to ma...
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4 Foods Children Should Eat When They Have the Flu
‘Mommy, I don’t feel good.” Quite possibly, one of the most dreaded phrases in all of parenthood. And it usually comes either in the middle of the night or when you have somewhere important to go. When your little one is sick with the flu, you’ll do just about anything to get them back to healthy as quickly as possible. These immune-boosting foods will help your child feel better faster. I’m a Little Teapot At some point in your life, you have probably had some Ginger Ale to calm your stomach. In addition to fighting nausea and indigesti...
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3 Home Remedies to fight the cold and flu
Many people are gearing up for colder weather. Along with the weather, however, often comes illness. With cold and flu season upon us, it is a good idea to have a battle plan ready so that you are prepared when illness strikes. Don't Fight It As insidious as they may be, the symptoms of illness are proof that your body is already fighting it off. Sometimes your attempts to deal with symptoms undermine your body's attempts to fight viruses. For example, excess mucus is your body's way of trying to rid itself of the pathogens making it ill. Taking a...
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3 Good Health Habits that Can Stop the Spread of Cold and Flu
You know how contagious colds and flu viruses are. Just think of the last time someone in your house came home sniffling and sneezing and it went through the entire family. Down for the count. One by one. Like dominos. So, it can take an entire month to rid your house of one cold virus! However, there are ways to prevent the cold and flu from taking out your entire household. I’m Gonna Wash that Cold Right Off of My Hands Most of cold and flu viruses are transmitted by touch so one of the most effective ways to prevent colds and flu is to wash y...
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5 Clues You Are Coming Down With the Flu
You don’t have to be Nancy Drew to figure out that you are getting sick. But how can you tell if it is just a cold, or something more serious is brewing, like the flu? Some symptoms of the cold and the flu are similar, but there are a few distinct symptoms that will clue you in that it is more than just a cold. Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired Sudden, excessive fatigue is usually one of the first signs that you have the flu. As in, you cannot drag yourself out of bed even if the house is on fire. While you might feel tired and rundown with...
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How To Differentiate Between Flu And Allergies?
More often than not, when someone has the sniffles, others quickly assume that they are contagious. However, those sniffles are normally the result of something that is not contagious at all. For those experiencing a runny nose, congestion, and coughing, you may think you have the flu, but these are also signs of allergies. So when the sniffing symptoms hit, how do you tell if it’s allergies, flu, or a sinus problem? Start by asking the following few questions: 1. How long have you been experiencing the symptoms? A cold or flu typically lasts a...
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3 Cold Symptoms in Adults
The common cold can be the result of many different viruses affecting your body; however, for most colds, the symptoms are similar. It will normally take up to a week for your body to start recovering from the infection. Common colds work in phases. The first phase is coming in contact with the cold –which is what causes your body to be affected by the virus. The symptoms will start showing after three days and you will begin to recuperate by the end of the seventh day. The common cold affects the upper respiratory system, and healthy adults ar...
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3 Flu Season Tips
There are so many things to love about fall---the changing leaves, upcoming holidays, cooler temperatures. And there is one thing to hate----the start of flu season. While the flu (influenza) season varies slightly year-to-year, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) states that the flu season can start as early as October, usually peaks in December-February, and can last until May. That’s a whole lot of months for having the potential of catching the flu, but before you think about hibernating for the winter, understand that though you can be ex...
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What are the Different Types of Cough
Sshhhh….you know how irritating it is when someone is coughing uncontrollably while you are in the movie theater. Until it happens to you and you have to get up and leave because you know how obnoxious you sound, you may not understand. But, don't worry, it will happen to you if it hasn't already because we are all susceptible to catching that nasty cough. Coughing is one of the body’s protective mechanisms to keep the respiratory system clear as it helps to clear airways of mucus and foreign particles. A cough is the expulsion of air from th...
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3 Debunked Myths about the Cold
Do you have a runny nose? Does your throat feel sore and irritated? If yes, chances are that you have a common cold. As we enter into the winter season, there is no guarantee that we won’t be hit by the common cold, which is exactly why it is called the common cold. However, once you do come down with a cold and all of those uncomfortable symptoms, you can expect it to last from 3 days to a full week – so say goodbye to any plans that you made during that time. If you happen to catch a common cold and you are at your granny’s place, you wil...
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Natural Cough Remedies for Kids
It started with the sniffles and now your child has a full-blown nasty cough. Another sleepless night, listening to them cough for hours. But before you start brewing the coffee for that anticipated rough next day, there are a few natural remedies that can alleviate your child’s symptoms so both you and they, can get rest. Coughing helps your child breathe by clearing mucus from the airways so using a cough suppressant might not be the best choice. Also, they can make some children hyperactive and restless so finding safer alternatives to treat...
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3 Quick Cold Remedies
A stuffy nose can be extremely uncomfortable and frustrating. The quicker you can get rid of the cold the better it is. The constant sneezing and sniffing is rather annoying and leaves your nose red and sore from all the wiping. The common cold is often caused by infections, which are brought on by seasonal changes. This infection affects the upper respiratory system and is also known as acute viral rhinopharyngitis. Colds are recurring as the body cannot fully build immunity to them. However, a strong immune system can help prevent its many symp...
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How to Fix a Cold?
Colds are like sneaky little ninjas---they come on fast and are hard to beat. One minute you are fine, and the next, you are sneezing like you inhaled an entire container of black pepper. Once you catch a cold, getting over it as quickly as possible becomes the goal. A cold is the result of a compromised immune system, and these suggestions will increase your immunity to give you a fighting chance. Don’t Laugh, Moms! This one might be really funny if you are a parent of young children, but do try to get in some extra rest if possible. If you are...
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3 Early Signs Your Child is Coming Down With The Flu
Since children lack a fully developed immune system such as the one present in adults, they are more prone to illnesses like the cold and flu. Not only this, but the symptoms hit them worse than their adult counterparts. This makes it essential for parents to recognize signs of the flu affecting the body. Being able to identify early signs gives them an advantage of curing the flu while still in the early stages before it does more damage. 1. Fatigue and Muscle Aches If your child is one to cheerfully come home from school, then it shouldn’t be...
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Cough Remedies for Adults
The coughing we experience is our body trying to clear its respiratory passage; this becomes necessary when the nerve endings between the lungs and throat get irritated due to dust, viruses, and bacteria. Allergies and weather change can also cause severe coughing. A persistent and painful cough can be a symptom of serious respiratory issues, but seasonal illnesses often bring coughing with them. Uncontrollable coughing can be painful and extremely annoying. Not to mention, if you don’t do anything about your cough, it can lead to a lot of slee...
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Cold vs. Flu: What is the Difference?
You wake up one morning with a scratchy throat, runny nose, fever, and feeling kind of like you were run over by a car. You first thought is, So this is how it’s going to end. But in reality it could just be a common cold, or possibly the flu, which is more severe. Even though both can have you feeling miserable, here’s how to tell the difference. Different But the Same Even though the terms cold and flu are sometimes used interchangeably, they are two different ailments. A cold can leave you feeling terrible, for sure, but is a milder respira...
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4 Things You Can Do To Avoid the Flu
If everyone around you is ill and is catching the sniffles, it’s time you take proactive measures to avoid the flu. The task may seem daunting at first since you’ll probably find infectious germs practically everywhere you go: subway stations, classrooms, offices – you name it. However, the key here is to boost your immune system so that it is able to put up a tough fight even if all of your friends are busy sneezing away. Here are some awesome things you can do to avoid the flu:  Keep Your Surroundings Clean Now, we don’t want to ...
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7 Things You Can Do to Get Clear Skin
If you think acne is only for teenagers, think again.  Late nights, stress, long hours at work, pregnancy, and not eating right can all contribute to a face that looks like one you thought you’d left behind in high school. Before you resort to slathering yourself with Clearasil or canceling all of your weekend plans, there are better ways to get clear skin.  Your skin care regimen and lifestyle play large roles in the appearance of your skin.    Pizza Face Been bingeing on pizza and fast food while you worked late all week?  Chances ...
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6 Things You Can Do To Live a Long and Healthy Life
Wouldn’t it be great if pizza, french fries, and Cheetos counted as healthy food?  Or, if eating a salad once a week provided enough nutrients for the entire week?  Unfortunately, you have to give up the twinkies and commit to a healthy lifestyle on a consistent basis in order to live a long life. Taking a few steps now will ensure a better health in the future.    Let’s Get Physical Exercise has to be a part of your life in order to maintain a healthy weight and cut your risk for certain diseases.  But no one said you need t...
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5 Things You Can Do to Have a Healthy Digestive System
Life gets busy when you juggle the needs of your family or if you are working your way up the corporate ladder – or both! But no matter how busy life gets, it is important to do what you can to maintain your health and fitness levels so that you can meet life head on and tackle your to-do lists. Keeping your digestive system healthy and in balance will give you the energy to focus on your responsibilities and goals.   There are five simple ways you can help keep your digestive system healthy every day.  Fit in Some Fitness! Getting and kee...
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How Can You Keep Your Eyes Healthy?
Ever get sand or dirt in your eye and it gets so irritated and painful that you can’t even open it?  Now you are walking around with one eye scrunched shut because it is itchy, red, and tearing like crazy.  We all take our eyesight for granted until something like getting sand in your eye happens, and you realize just how important your eyesight is.  The following tips can help you protect your peepers for life. Apple of my eye To keep your eyes in the best condition, eat foods are good for your eye health.  Foods that contain omega-3 fatty ...
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3 Tips to Obtaining Beautiful Hair
Beautiful hair and healthy tresses add personality to your image, giving you the freedom to look effortlessly fab in every outfit you wear. But wait, before you drain your wallet for the most expensive treatment, it’s time we go back to the basics of good hair care. Lay off styling products for a week and follow these amazing tips to obtain beautiful hair:   Invest in Products According to Your Hair Type   As much as you’d be tempted to, don’t buy hair products because they work with your friends or because the packaging looks awesome....
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What is Flu Season?
Don’t touch this. Or that. Whether on the subway, store, sporting event, school or work, when you know the flu is going around, you are afraid to touch anything (or anyone, for that matter). And, using hand sanitizer every time you leave the house is causing your hands to be drier than the Sahara. But before you invest in a lifetime supply of Purell, there are a few ways to avoid flu season. While influenza viruses (flu) do occur all year-round in the United States, they are most common during the fall and winter. Increased activity starts happ...
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Why are Children More Prone to the Cold?
Children get cold and flu a lot. They can get up to 10 colds in just one year before they are even 2 (Source). But do you need some research paper to tell you how prone children are to the cold? Haven't you seen them with their runny noses? It can get worse—you pick up the child in your lap due to the sudden surge of love waves in your body, and before you know it, they end up sneezing and shooting two snot bullets on your clothes and maybe your face. But why do they get the colds so often? Here are some possible reasons. They Don’t Care about ...
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How Does DNA Affect Your Health?
You get that from your mother. Surely you’ve heard that one before. Or, maybe that you’ve inherited Aunt Helen’s love of baking. Or Grandpa’s propensity to ‘collect things’, aka his pack-rat tendencies. Chances are, your family likes to point out genetic similarities (both the good and the bad!) among its members. Our DNA is responsible for a lot of who we are, from physical appearance to genetic diseases. One Bad Egg Most of the time, the genes that we get from our parents do the work they should, the way they should. However, a gene ...
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What Is The Connection Between Food And Health?
Some scholars believe in the concept that when life began on earth, everything and everyone came with a companion. Some examples include men-women, light-dark, old-young or yin-yang. The reason why you can’t expect good health without good food is because they are one of those couples too. You Are What You Eat Food and health fall under the same concept. You are what you eat—not that you are nuts if you eat nuts but what it means is: healthy food, healthy you, unhealthy food, unhealthy you. The key to living a healthy and successful life is to...
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5 Things Working Professionals Can Do to Keep Healthy
Modern people have made it appear as if maintaining good health with a busy schedule is a myth, which, of course, is not the case. Having good health and managing a busy schedule simultaneously is perfectly manageable. You just have to avoid certain things and adopt some new ways, and you should be good to go. The first change is to stop saying the following. Oops, I forgot. Sorry I am too busy to do it. I’ll be late to the office, I’ll go jogging tomorrow. I need a fast energy boost so I have to eat . . . . . . (Insert all the ...
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The Real Truth About Zinc
You know that feeling of waking up in the middle of the night to the sound of your little one sniffling and coughing? You immediately recognize the signs of their misery, they have yet another cold. One-third of all common colds are caused by the highly infectious rhinovirus. The high incidence rates of colds in the fall and winter months is in part due to our very own immune systems. The cold weather causes our immune systems to become rather sluggish, slowing down its response time to fend off foreign invaders such as the cold virus. There are ...
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That Zinc You Just Took for Your Flu Isn’t Going to Do Much
People don't think much about the common cold and flu unless you tell them that complications arising from cold and flu are so serious that 49,000 people pass away every year in the US due to them. Yeah, that will get their attention. You might think that popping zinc supplements will help – well, no! You’d be surprised to know how bad zinc can be for your health and if you know an advocate that says zinc is the best thing to fight cold – do us all a favor and knock him out. 1. Zinc Shortens Duration of Your Cold but Does Not Prevent It S...
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10 Things You Can Do To Keep Your Body Naturally Healthy
You have a killer body. No, really---your body kills off about 432 billion cells every day and replaces them with new ones. That means every day is a new opportunity to be healthy. Here are 10 things you can do every day to make those 432 billion new cells good ones: I Need a Drink No, not that kind of drink, but we are partial to vodka on the rocks, if anyone is asking. We’re talking about good ‘ol H20. Water is needed by every cell in the body to function correctly. It regulates body temperature, keeps blood pressure low, and supports variou...
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5 Superfoods that Heal the Body
Remember the old cartoons where Popeye would drink a can of spinach and it would give him super strength? Superfoods have the same effect on your body, providing it with a shot of healing power. These five superfoods are the best choices you can make for your overall health. But I Use That for a Sunburn Aloe vera is probably best known for external use on the body---on a sunburn, burn from heat, cut or scrape. However, aloe vera can also be ingested as it has more than 70 trace minerals, which are foods that heal in their own right. It is also...
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10 Things You Can Do to Keep Your Kids Healthy Throughout the Year
10 Things You Can Do to Keep Your Kids Healthy Throughout the Year Yes, they are cute, beautiful, innocent and lovable. But most important of all, they are sensitive. Kids can get parents in a lot of trouble. Here they are frolicking all around the house, and you are looking at them with a proud smile on your face. Next thing you know they are warm to touch, their cheeks are turning red, and with a couple of sneezes, you’ve been sent a clear indication that a tormenting night is about to start for your kid. This same situation can repeat itself...
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What is an Immune System?
What is an Immune System? Think of your immune system as the good guy in a scene from your favorite action movie, where he is fighting off bad guy after bad guy and winning every time. Although…maybe a tad less violent, just like a superhero, your immune system protects your body against the bad guys---viruses and bacteria. And Then a Hero Comes Along Your immune system is an important defense mechanism in keeping your body healthy. It defends your body against the millions of pathogens---for example, bacteria, toxins, and parasites---tha...
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Doctor-Approved Home Remedies for Cold and Flu
Chills.  Sore throat.  Congestion.  Colds certainly have a way of making you feel miserable.  And, if you are like most people, you will do just about anything to get over them as quickly as possible.  There are several home remedies that are just what the doctor ordered to get you feeling better, faster. Salt on the Wound A cold causes inflammation in the nose as the body produces molecules to fight the infection.  Rinsing the molecules away with salt can help the swelling go down faster.  A homemade saline spray or wash will keep respirat...
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Why Are Children More Prone to the Cold?
Children get cold and flu a lot. They can get up to 10 colds in just one year before they are even 2 (Source). But do you need some research paper to tell you how prone children are to the cold? Haven't you seen them with their runny noses? It can get worse—you pick up the child in your lap due to the sudden surge of love waves in your body, and before you know it, they end up sneezing and shooting two snot bullets on your clothes and maybe your face. But why do they get the colds so often? Here are some possible reasons. They Don’t Care about ...
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Bronchitis Explained – Brace Yourselves Smokers!
How easy is it for you to ignore the common cold and flu? Some people are so used to them that they would continue to do their daily routine work while having a cold as if nothing is wrong with them. But sometimes the symptoms are here to stay, and that common cold or flu you would usually snub without a care isn’t just some common condition: it could be bronchitis. Here Is Some Science for You Bronchitis is a condition where your bronchial tubes become inflamed, swollen, or even infected. The bronchial tubes are responsible for transporting air...
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Buying Cold-Fix is Cheaper than Buying Stock in Tissues
Back. Front. Left Side. Right Side. Repeat. We’ve all had that stuffy nose where you can’t get any sleep no matter which way you turn. You wake up and the entire box of tissues has been used, yet nothing actually comes out when you blow your nose. Rather than buying stock in Kleenex, Cold-Fix is a much less expensive and more effective remedy for treating sinus congestion related to cold or flu infection. Sorry, Can’t Make it, I have Sinusitis Sinusitis sounds so much more serious than a stuffy nose, right? But that’s what it is-a very com...
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The Truth about Vitamin C
Got Vitamin C? If you were born in or around the 1970s, you were probably raised with the belief that vitamin C is the best treatment for your cold or flu, because after all, it’s what your mother and doctor always recommended. Although you may be under the impression that vitamin C works to treat the common cold, plenty of research has shown that while vitamin C is a good regular supplement for your body, it’s ineffective when it comes to treating the common cold. The History of Vitamin C and the Common Cold Vitamin C gained its popularity w...
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Don’t Waste Another Sick Day on Actually Being Sick Again
Feeling like you’ve been hit by a Mack truck?  Nose running like a faucet?  Chills got you three layers deep in blankets on the couch for days?  We get it.  We’ve all had the kind of cold or flu that makes you think you might not ever recover.  Read on to find out how you can avoid feeling like this again, without breaking the bank or having to get a shot. The Blame Game You might be wondering who you can blame your illness on.  Most colds are caused by the rhinovirus, which is highly contagious.  When someone who is sick sneezes or cou...
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Is Vitamin C an Effective Cold Remedy?
Why Vitamin C When You Have a Cold What is the first thing you think you should take when you start feeling that you might be getting a cold? Well if you were raised any time after 1970, vitamin C is your go-to solution and maybe you never questioned it, because after all, it’s what your mother and the doctor always recommended. Although you’ve heard many people claim that vitamin C works for treating a cold, research has shown that while vitamin C is a good supplement for your body, it’s ineffective when it comes to treating the common cold....
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14 Quick Remedies to Alleviate Cough Symptoms in Children
Have  you ever experienced a time when your child has been coughing constantly and its hindering his ability to sleep and keeping you awake with worry? When this happens, your child is also in great discomfort because his chest is congested, nose is runny, and he’s probably tired from all the coughing. So what can you do to help? Try one of the quick remedies below that act as effective cough and cold treatments for children. Elevate Your Child's Head An effective cough treatment for children is to arrange a few pillows under your ch...
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Coughs & Colds: Types, Causes & Cures
Have you ever dealt with cough and cold symptoms that are different from each other, making it difficult for you to diagnose which type of cough you have? The remedies for each cough differ as well, which is why it is important to know the different types of coughs, what causes them, and how you can treat the symptoms. Below are a few examples of the different types of coughs in both adults and children, and suggested treatments for these coughs that may be useful the next time you suffer from a coughing fit. The Barking Cough Symptoms: You’...
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10 Useful Tips to Get Through the Cold and Flu Season
Flu season. A time of staying in, taking vitamins to boost your immune system, and warding off flu germs to the best of your ability. It’s the season where you feel that you’re doing everything you can to stave off the flu, but sometimes regardless of what you do, you or your children catch a cold or the flu. So what’s the best way to stay well? Sometimes fending off sickness depends on what you know beforehand, which is why we’ve provided 10 useful health and fitness tips to get through the cold and flu season. These tips can help you preve...
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Benefits of Cold-Fix
Benefits of Cold Fix Cold-Fix is the most trusted name for parents when cold and flu season comes around. You can rely on Cold-Fix to keep you and your children from suffering from symptoms of the cold & flu. Whether you are trying to prevent the symptoms of a cold or you are suffering from the flu and want to shorten the duration of the virus’ symptoms, Cold-Fix can get the job done. This is the homeopathic remedy that you can feel confident in whenever you are running a fever, congested, or coughing. Cold-Fix is well-known for fighting t...
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Common Causes of Coughs in Children and How to Treat Them
Children are playful and carefree. They’re usually in crowded environments and are around other children often. They also like to play outside. During cold and flu season, however, these activities make them more susceptible to catching coughs and colds. If you find that your child is constantly coughing, they might be trying to expel an irritant from their system. In order to understand the reasons for coughing, you have to be aware of the different types of irritations that affect your child and cause coughing. Below you will find a list of reas...
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