• By Laurel Kelly

Housecall: Understanding — and avoiding — the common cold

November 20, 2017

a young man and woman sick with colds or the flu, with red noses and tissues in hand, sneezingTHIS WEEK'S TOP STORIES
What do you know about the common cold?
It's that time of year when everyone seems to be coming down with a cold. The common cold is a viral infection of your nose and throat. While it's usually harmless, it may not feel that way. Find out how you might avoid getting a cold, which remedies really work, the complications that may come with a cold and when you need to see your health care provider.

Alzheimer's genes: Are you at risk?
Researchers have identified a number of genes associated with Alzheimer's disease. However, genetic risk factors are just one of the factors involved in getting Alzheimer's disease. Find out more about your risk and whether genetic testing might be right for you.

Can you get genital herpes from a toilet seat?
Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection spread by skin-to-skin contact. It's nearly impossible to get the infection through contact with toilets, towels or other objects used by an infected person. Learn more from Dr. James Steckelberg, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases expert.

Do food additives cause hyperactivity?
While there's no solid evidence that food additives, such as artificial colors, artificial sweeteners and preservatives, cause attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, the topic of their possible effects is controversial. Learn more from Dr. David Agerter, a Mayo Clinic family medicine specialist.

Hammertoe and mallet toe

Broccoli with garlic and lemon
Artichoke dip
Zesty tomato soup
Halibut with tomato basil salsa

Time your lotions right
Apply moisturizers immediately after bathing for the most benefit. After washing or bathing, gently pat or blot your skin dry with a towel so that some moisture remains on the skin. Immediately moisturize your skin with an oil or a cream to trap water in the surface cells.

Need practical advice on diet and exercise? Want creative solutions for stress and other lifestyle issues? Discover more healthy lifestyle topics at mayoclinic.org.

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