Coughs are caused by flus and colds, which are triggered by viruses; allergies and asthma as the lungs react to allergens; irritants such as perfumes, cigar smoke and cold air; acid reflux when stomach acids irritate the... More » Health Conditions & Diseases Cold & Flu

Organizations such as the Immunization Action Coalition and Vaccine Information provide online photographs of people with mumps. Mumps is a viral infection that can lead to discomfort and swelling in the salivary glands,... More » Health Conditions & Diseases

As influenza is spread from person to person, the surest way to prevent infection is to avoid exposure to infected people. According to, frequent hand washing and avoidance of contagious people are effective in r... More » Health Conditions & Diseases Cold & Flu

Viral illnesses, asthma, allergies, bronchospasm and exposure to respiratory irritants are among the main causes of dry cough, according to WebMD. Dry cough is defined as a cough that does not bring up any mucus. Someone... More »

For those suffering from bronchitis, a humidifier keeps the air moist and warm to help break up mucus in the lungs and provide relief for a cough, according to Mayo Clinic. Inhaling steam over a sink of hot water or usin... More » Health Conditions & Diseases Cold & Flu

People who wish to cure a persistent cough and runny nose caused by allergies can take antihistamines, according to WebMD. Other ways to treat postnasal drip include taking mucus thinning medications, undertaking nasal i... More » Health Conditions & Diseases Cold & Flu

The Mayo Clinic defines pneumonia as the inflammation of the air sacs in one or both lungs as a result of infection. Physiopedia categorizes the progression of pneumonia infections into four distinct stages: consolidatio... More »