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The common cold and natural solutions

The common cold and natural solutions

They're on their way... Sam Sample takes a look at those viruses we catch all too frequently: those that cause the common cold and natural ways to treat them.

The common cold is an acute viral infection of the upper respiratory tract with inflammation in the nose, sinuses, throat, larynx, trachea and/or bronchi.

Flu 2013: what you need to know

Flu 2013: what you need to know

Dr Alan Hampson, chairman of the Influenza Specialist Group, talks to reporter Jayamala Gupte about the importance of preventative care and rest when people contract an upper respiratory tract infection.

PS: How can pharmacy assistants differentiate flu from viral infections known as such as common colds? 

Consumers misled on cough and cold

Consumers misled on cough and cold

NPS MedicineWise is urging pharmacists to review the recent TGA advice about the use of cough and cold medicines in children under the age of 11, following reports from the NPS Medicines Line which suggest pharmacists are giving consumers conflicting advice.

Battling sinusitis

Sinusitis is an inflammation of the nasal passages. Sinuses are air-filled pockets in the skull that are connected to the nose and throat by passages designed to drain away mucus.

If the sinuses are too small or poorly positioned to deal with the volume of mucus produced they can become clogged and pain can develop. If inflammation and/or infection occurs, sinusitis may result. 

Unblocking Baby's nose

The NoseFrida, a top-selling baby product in Europe for many years and the number-one selling nasal aspirator worldwide, is now available in Australia. Also nicknamed the ‘snotsucker’ around the world, it’s a clever device that essentially allows Mum or Dad to suck the mucus from a baby’s blocked nose.

Hygiene, sleep prevent 'Games flu'

Hygiene, sleep prevent 'Games flu'

Research has shown our love of sport can actually be dangerous! A new poll has shown that a huge 44% of Australians have stayed up late or gotten up early to watch Wimbledon, the Tour de France or the Olympic Games over the last month.

But sacrificing sleep for our commitment to watching sport is making us more vulnerable to colds and flu, say experts.

Winter bugs be gone: surviving colds and flu

Winter bugs be gone: surviving colds and flu

It’s that time of year we dread where a tickly throat can quickly turn sore and inflamed, a sneeze becomes a bothersome runny nose, and a sore neck advances into full body aches and pains. Say hello to the cold and flu season!

CMs grow in cold category

CMs grow in cold category

Complementary medicines are becoming increasingly important in the colds and flu category – and not just for treating symptoms when they make their unwelcome arrival.

And as consumers learn that antibiotics don’t work on cold and flu viruses, as well as understanding that many OTC products only mask the symptoms, the role of complementary medicines (CMs) could grow further.

Viral attack!

I have had the worst viral attack for the past three weeks and it’s come back again with vengeance. I thought it had gone, but like a bad movie when the hero finally slays the villain and breathes a sigh of relief, the ‘baddie’ rears up again and has another go! This has been my experience with this viral thing!

PSiTV: The best cold remedy

What's natural wellness blogger Sam Sample's favourite way to build immune resistance at the start of a cold or bout of flu? Here she takes us through her tried-and-true remedy for the unpleasant symptoms...

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