Why Do I Get These Symptoms When I'm Sick?

We all get sick from time to time. Whether it's a cold, the flu, a stomach bug or some other minor illness, most all of us deal with these things occasionally.

But have you ever stopped to think about why these illnesses cause the symptoms they do? Why do we get congested when we get colds? Why do we have diarrhea when we get stomach bugs? Find out what happens to your body when you get sick and what you can do to recover from those symptoms.

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Why Do We Get Congested?

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Congestion is an annoying symptom that occurs with many illnesses. Find out why it happens and what may help bring you some relief.

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Why Do We Get Fevers?

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A lot of people worry about fevers. There are many misconceptions about them and why they occur. In fact, chances are good that some of the things you believe about them are actually myths.

Learn more about this common symptom, why our body temperatures rise when we get sick and what you can - or should - do about it.

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Why Do We Cough?

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Coughing is annoying and uncomfortable. When we get sick and start coughing we want to make it stop as soon as possible. But could there be times when coughing is actually good for you? Find out why we cough when we get sick and what you can do about it.

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Why Do We Get Sore Throats?

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Sore throats are common when we get respiratory infections like the cold and flu. They can also be caused by bacterial infections like strep throat and even by allergens or irritants in our environment. If you have ever wondered why your throat gets sore, we'll explain what happens in your body and what you can do to get some relief.

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Why Do We Get Diarrhea?

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Diarrhea is a very common symptom that most of us deal with at least once a year. No one wants to talk about it but there are reasons that it happens. Find out what is happening in your body when you get diarrhea and what you can do to feel better.

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Why Do We Vomit?

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Vomiting is one of the most terrible symptoms we have to deal with. It makes you feel horrible and takes all of your energy out of you. Whether it is caused by a viral or bacterial infection, it can bring even the strongest person to his knees. Learn why we vomit when we get sick and what you can do if it happens to you.

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