Coughs and Colds

Many of us suffer from coughs and colds, in particular through the Winter months. Whilst they are often not serious, it is important to manage them affectively to avoid them developing in to more serious conditions that can affect the respiratory system.

Viruses that cause these symptoms can spread quickly and can be most profound in more vulnerable people like children or the elderly. The most common cough and cold can be treated at home without a need to see a GP. Pharmacists can offer advice on how to manage these conditions directly and recommend suitable medication to alleviate the most problematic symptoms. 

Symptoms of a Common Cold can include:

  • blocked or runny nose
  • sore throat
  • headaches
  • muscle aches
  • coughs
  • sneezing
  • a high temperature (more than 38C in adults, 37.5C in children)
  • pressure in your ears and face
  • loss of taste and smell

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

It is important that you do see a GP if:

  • your symptoms don't improve after three weeks
  • your symptoms get suddenly worse
  • your temperature is very high or you feel hot and shivery
  • you're concerned about your child's symptoms
  • you're finding it hard to breathe or develop chest pain
  • you have a weakened immune system – for example, because you're having chemotherapy

(Source: NHS.UK)

For further information about common coughs and colds, see the following NHS.UK links: