Coughs and Colds Overview

Coughs and colds are extremely common and are typically caused by viruses. Viruses do not respond to antibiotics but get better on their own. Colds typically last 7-10 days. Common […] Continue

Cold vs Allergies

When someone has a runny nose and a cough it may be difficult to distinguish between a cold and an allergy. Allergies typically have sneezing and an itchy nose as […] Continue

Prescription Medications

Prescription medications are not usually necessary to treat a cough or cold. Over-the-counter medications are usually all that is necessary. In some instances prescriptions may be of benefit. If the […] Continue

Over the Counter Medications

Over-the counter medications are the mainstay of treatment for coughs and colds. Colds are caused by viruses that do not respond to antibiotics. They are self limiting meaning they will […] Continue


Pneumonia is an infection of the lung tissue itself. It usually starts with a cough and cold symptoms but then worsens. People with pneumonia  usually have a fever over 101 […] Continue

Sore Throat

A sore throat is another symptom that can go along with a cough and cold. Most sore throats are caused by viruses and do not need antibiotics. Strep throat is […] Continue


Bronchitis is an upper respiratory infection where the infection has settled in the upper respiratory tubes called the bronchials. This usually has a significant cough with the production of phlegm. […] Continue

Acute Sinusitis

Acute sinusitis (a sinus infection) is often starts as a cold and cough and eventually settles in the sinuses. Although headache is common with a cold, sinus headaches are more […] Continue