To kick of this blog, we are going to talk about something that hits home for a lot of people.  In this small series, we will be addressing the “Common Cold,” and how to survive the cold and flu season.

Before, moving any further, let’s discuss what a “normal cold” looks like.  The common cold mainly affects the upper areas of the body connected to breathing, also known as the respiratory tract. The afflicted areas of the body usually include the nasal passages and sinuses, throat, and lungs, though sometimes the respiratory infection can creep into neighboring inner ear and infect the ear passages. Like the cold, influenza (aka “the flu”) typically affects the head, sinuses, and throat. Characterized by coughing, sneezing, wheezing, nose-dripping, and feverish, aching muscles, the cold and the flu are generally—but mistakenly!—viewed as a perfectly normal, uncomfortable part of human life.