Category: Cold & Flu

Each time I go to a pharmacy, I know that if I go over to the cold and flu aisle, I will find someone scanning the shelves anxiously. Sneezing and coughing, the person picks up one box, reads the label, puts it back, then picks up another. This chapter provides the information you need to never be that person again.
It explains how each item works and why it is prescribed or recommended. In addition, to help you spend less time in the cold and flu aisle, in the upcoming chapters I include a detailed treatment plan for each respiratory infection. The charts ex-plain what components you need and the best way to take them.
Influenza (flu) is a viral infection. People often use the term “flu” to describe any kind of mild illness, such as a cold or a stomach virus, which has symptoms like the flu. Real flu symptoms are typically worse than a cold, last longer and don’t usually cause vomiting or diarrhea.