The common cold and the ‘flu’ are viral infections of the nose, throat, sinuses and airways. Antibiotics are not effective against viruses, however, your local Caremore pharmacist can help select a medicine for you to help relieve the symptoms of cold and flu.
Colds and flu are spread by droplet infection from one person to another e.g. coughing, sneezing, touch. A cold or flu is most infectious in the first two days after symptoms develop. Symptoms can include runny nose, blocked nose, sore throat, sneezing, coughing, headache, fever, fatigue and red, watery eyes. Flu symptoms are usually more severe than those of a cold and may also include high fevers, sweating, shivering, muscle aches and pains, weakness, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting.
Colds and flu normally get better on their own and symptoms usually subside within 10 days although a post-viral cough may linger.
A flu vaccination is the best way to protect yourself from getting the flu. Vaccination before the flu season starts each year is recommended for people over 65 years of age and those at a higher risk of getting influenza.
A range of over the counter medicines can help relieve the symptoms of cold and flu. You should always check before taking any new medicines with your pharmacist, as some cold and flu medicines are not suitable for certain age groups or with some medical conditions. Some cold and flu medicines can also interact with prescription medicines.
If you have any queries, please seek the advice of your local Caremore pharmacist.