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.

If it’s just a cold, here are some ways to alleviate your symptoms at home.

*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