Coughs & Colds
Many people suffer from a cough or cold during the winter and it’s nothing to worry about. Usually you’ll feel better within a few days, although coughs do tend to linger once the worst of the cold has gone. Most coughs or colds will go within a week or so.
A blocked or runny nose
A sore throat
A raised temperature
Pressure in your ears and face
Loss of taste
Loss of smell
Most coughs and colds will be gone within a week or two. However, there are certain things you can do to help speed up this process.
Get plenty of rest
Drink plenty of clear fluids to avoid dehydration
Drink hot lemon and honey (not for babies under 1 year)
Your pharmacist can also help you find medicine which can help you feel better.
Decongestant sprays or tablets
Painkillers like paracetamol or ibuprofen
Hot drinks, capsules and liquids such as Lemsip
Do be aware that some medicines are not suitable for babies, children and pregnant women. You should be careful not to use cough and cold medicine if you’re already taking painkillers such as ibuprofen and paracetamol. Antibiotics aren’t usually prescribed for coughs or colds as they are ineffective. By visiting your pharmacist they can advise on these areas and the most suitable products for your need.
Your symptoms don’t improve after three weeks or suddenly get worse
You develop a high temperature
You struggle to breathe
You’re concerned about a child’s symptoms
You feel very unwell
You have chest pain
You’re losing weight for no reason
You have swollen glands in your neck
You’re coughing up blood
You’re suffering from a long-term medical condition such as diabetes
You have a weakened immune system