Colds and Flu Coping with Colds and Flu The Common Cold and Herbal Cold Remedies that can help The common cold is an infection that affects the upper respiratory tract – the nose, throat, sinuses, trachea, larynx and bronchial tubes. Read all about the common cold. Kicking Coughs and Colds into Touch You are likely to catch between two and four colds every year, but there are a few simple things you can do to help you and your family fend off the germs. Find out more about kicking coughs and colds into touch! Home Remedies for Colds Herbal relief for colds has become increasingly popular over the years, and cold-fighting foods can normally be found in most households. Read more about home remedies for colds. Is it a cold or flu? Although colds and flu are both respiratory illnesses, the cold virus is milder than the flu (or influenza) virus, so it’s good to know how to spot the symptoms. Find out how to tell if it’s a cold or flu.