The common cold: At this time of year, the common cold becomes a nuisance as is spreads rapidly among young children at creche or school, and makes its way around workplaces.
The common cold is caused by viruses - and these cannot be treated by antibiotics. Unless the illness is severe, a doctor or pharmacist will generally recommend at-home treatment.
The HSE explains that the first symptom of a cold is usually a sore throat. This is generally followed by sneezing or a blocked, sore or runny nose. Usually, 1 in 3 people with a cold will get a cough and feel unwell.
- Please note: Symptoms of COVID-19 can be similar to symptoms of a cold.
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- If in doubt, please contact your GP by phone.
If it’s just a cold, here are some ways to alleviate your symptoms at home.
- Drink lots of fluids, it’s important to stay hydrated
- For a sore throat, have warm drinks or make your own honey and lemon drink to soothe the throat.
- Rest! Your body is fighting a virus, so stay warm and don’t partake in any strenuous activity when you’re feeling unwell.
- Talk to your pharmacist about products and medications that will help. Paracetamol or ibuprofen will relieve pain or a fever. Nasal saline sprays will help to clear a blocked nose. Over-the-counter throat sprays, lozenges and cough remedies may also help.
*WARNING: Never take more than one product containing paracetamol – ask your pharmacist for advice if you are unsure.
How to prevent catching a cold
Source: HSE website – click here for full article
- washing your hands with warm water and soap, especially before eating
- not sharing towels or household items, like cups, with someone who has a cold
- not touching your eyes or nose. You can infect your body if you've come into contact with the virus.
- staying fit and healthy