Overview of Colds and Flus

If you're blowin' your nose and coughing and feelin' so crappy that you honestly don't think you can make it to school today, you're probably sufferin' from a cold or flu. Read on to find out how you catch it and what you can do to treat it.

Colds and Flus - What Is It?

Colds are the most common infection in North America - kids get about three to eight colds a year! A cold affects the upper respiratory system (nose, throat and ears) and lasts about a week, whereas the flu is much more serious and affects your whole body.

Colds and Flus - What Causes It?

Colds and flus are caused by viruses. There are over 200 viruses that cause colds, but rhinovirus is the most common cold virus. The flu is caused by the influenza virus. If you're hangin' with a sick person and he/she sneezes or coughes, the virus gets launched into the air - and chances are you'll breathe in the airborne virus and get sick. You can also catch a cold or flu by touching your eyes, nose or mouth after you've touched a contaminated surface (like door handles or video games).

Colds and Flus - What Are the Symptoms?

Cold Symptoms:

  • Congestion (your nose is stuffed up and it's hard to breathe)
  • Runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Sore, itchy throat
  • Watery eyes
  • Phlegm and mucus - lots of it!

Flu Symptoms:

  • All the cold symptoms
  • High fever
  • Chills
  • Body aches and pains
  • Headaches
  • Lack of energy

Colds and Flus - How Is It Treated?

The flu shot is your best protection from the flu, but unfortunately there's no such thing as a cold vaccine! Your immune system will do everything it can to fight off a cold, but to help it out, you can use over-the-counter medication like decongestants, antihistamines, cough syrup and cough drops. It's also important to drink lots of fluids, get plenty of rest and wash your hands regularly to prevent further infection.

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Favorite Cold or Flu Remedy?

  • Orange juice.
  • Chicken soup.
  • Honey-lemon tea.
  • Nyquil.

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My friend problem: Get ready 'cause this'll be long. Problem = ... Okay, so I know this girl, Amelia. Last year when I was new at school she invited me to sit with her and her friends on the second day. Since then, we've been 'best friends'. Throughout the whole of last year she was really great. Now, it's been a few weeks since the first day of school - 5th grade. On the first day she was really happy to see me and we did all that normal BFF stuff. We even traced one of each of our hands and wrote 'BFFs' at the top. It all started with this.                                                   HOW IT HAPPENED One day we were sitting in the cafeteria. Her: Hey, what should we do during recess today? Another Friend Who Doesn't Like Amelia: Hey, do you want to do ______________? Me: Ummmmmmmmmmmm ......... errrrrrrrr .............. Me: (Thinking of Plan) Me: Eureka! Me: Hey, Amelia, I have this idea. Since you don't like Belen .... (this is other friend's name)  and you don't like her, I was thinking: Maybe on Monday I could hang out with you and Tuesday with her ... etc. Her: Cool. Well ... okay. Note: Well, I was feeling pretty bad, because she'd been a really great friend, but then I thought: Hey, it's only one day! It's not like I told her "Hey, I'm going to ditch you!" So then I went off with Belen. Well, the next day, or maybe a few days later - I don't remember - she told me during recess again: Her: Hey, do you want to go hang out with them over there? Points Me: Sure ... why not? Then we went on over there. During the whole of that recess, she didn't pay much attention to me. That was when I got suspicious. Now, it's been, like, 4 weeks since the first day of school. I decided to hang out with Belen during recess on Friday. Tomorrow is Monday, btw. Belen: Are you going to hang out with me during recess today? Me: Yeah. I would've wanted to go off with Amelia, but she was blowing me off lately. Last year a lot of people weren't her friends and she wasn't that social. Now, I see her flirting with _ _ _ _ _ _ easily and everyone (even people who left her out of their groups last year) is crowding around her while she talks about her big party. Last time, she even asked me if I wanted to go away with Belen, because she wasn't there either. Maybe I'm overreacting and she's just getting to be friends with a lot more people. I dunno. Should I be happy for her? Like I said, Belen and Amelia kinda hate each other, which is pretty inconvenient because they're both my best friends. So, you know that 'big party' Amelia is hosting? Belen's not invited and I don't know about myself, either. During yet ANOTHER recess Belen was talking about planning her birthday party. Now it's October 4th and her birthday is actually on January 21. Weird. I think she means this as a revenge party, because she is NOT inviting Amelia. Am I overreacting and taking this too seriously? Maybe I'm not and Amelia really isn't a good friend. But if I go to Belen's party and have an awesome time, Amelia (if I was overreacting) would be really upset. Then she would ditch me - FOR REAL. If I AM invited to Amelia's party, then what if she started blowing me off there? I don't want to look like a pesky little 'friend', clinging onto her. I NEED HELP. P.S. I have another problem caused by the first problem. I am crushing really hard on My Crush. I'm sure boys like fun, bouncy, happy, perky girls. He usually sees me during recess, where Amelia is usually blowing me off. Then, I start acting really sluggish and moody. Basically downright not-in-the-fun-mood. What would he think? Thank you for your help. P.P.S. PLEASE DO help me. This is an emergency. Thank you very much for your help (if you do help, that is.)
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Perfect Friend: Someone who will support you when you fail. Someone who encourages you. Someone who sticks with you. Someone who comforts you when things go wrong. Someone who is funny and makes you laugh. Someone who tells you the answers in class ... Someone who would wait for you after detention. Someone who would buy you great presents for your birthday. Someone who you know you can always count on. Someone nice (obvious). Someone who never fights with you. Someone who would always be a good friend, even if you weren't. Someone who is loyal. Someone who'd never go off with some other person. Someone who would read all this stuff without telling me they were bored.
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