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Influenza A vs. B: What to know

There are four types of influenza virus. Influenza A is the most common, followed by influenza B. Both are highly contagious, and their symptoms are similar. Influenza, also known as the flu, is a viral respiratory illness that is most prevalent during fall and winter months. These viruses can spread when a person with the […]

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What are the stages of the common cold?

The common cold usually has several recognizable stages. Knowing these stages can help a person determine whether or not they have a cold. Being able to recognize the stage of the cold can also help people know how best to treat the symptoms during each stage, and how long to expect a cold to last […]

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Can the keto diet help beat the flu?

Results of a new study in mice suggest that the body may be able to defeat the influenza virus if a person has the right sort of diet — a ketogenic, or keto, diet. Share on PinterestNew research suggests that the ketogenic diet may help combat the flu virus. Infection with the influenza virus, better […]

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Types of coughs: What do they mean?

Most people experience a cough at some point in their life. Some coughs can be irritating, making it difficult to talk on the phone or go to work, whereas others can be painful and frightening. The way a cough sounds and feels can help with identifying the cause, as well as the potential treatments. There […]

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What is influenza B and what does it do?

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What to know about influenza A

Influenza, or flu, is a viral infection that affects the respiratory system. Influenza A is one of four types of the virus, which can cause a cough, body aches, and a sore throat. The influenza A virus is highly contagious. It can spread through tiny droplets of bodily fluid from coughing, sneezing, or talking. Someone […]