Common Cold

What is a Common Cold?

You can often treat a cold without needing to see a GP, and you should begin to feel better in about 1 to 2 weeks.

Common cold symptoms

Common cold symptoms come on gradually and can include:

·      A blocked or runny nose

·      A sore throat

·      Headaches

·      Coughing

·      Sneezing

·      Muscle aches

·      A high temperature

·      Pressure in your ears and face

·      Loss of taste and smell

Shot of a frustrated businesswoman using a tissue to sneeze in while being seated in the office

The symptoms are the same in adults and children. Sometimes symptoms last longer in children.

How you can treat a cold yourself

To help you get better more quickly:

·      Get plenty of rest and sleep

·      Stay warm

·      Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water to avoid dehydration

·      Gargle salt water to soothe a sore throat (not suitable for children)

A pharmacist can help with cold medicines

Cough and cold medicines are available from pharmacies or supermarkets and a pharmacist can advise you on the best medicine for your symptoms. For example, you can ease aches and pains or lower a temperature with painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol, or relieve a blocked nose with decongestant sprays or tablets.

Some are not suitable for children, babies and pregnant women, so please be sure to ask a pharmacist before taking any medicine.

To avoid spreading infection you could call a pharmacy or contact them online and you could get medicines delivered or ask someone to collect them.

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