Coughs, colds and flu appear all year round, however most of us will suffer from a cold or flu in the autumn or winter periods. Colds & Flu are caused by viruses, with hundreds of strains they are easy to catch and hard to avoid. Most commonly they are spread through droplets from a cough or sneeze from an infected person, the virus can also spread through touch. There are many different symptoms to cold or flu, the most common are coughing, sneezing, sore throat, blocked nose, headache and fever.
Flu or Influenza is similar to the common cold, however this viral infection can be more serious, and symptoms can be more severe. The symptoms of Flu can include fever and aches that lasts for several days, or even weeks in extreme cases. The main symptoms of Flu are headache, high temperature, chest pains, fatigue & weakness, dry cough, chills and lack of appetite. It is important to increase fluid intake and have plenty of rest. Dry cough syrup will help calm a cough and paracetamol or aspirin will help reduce fever and muscle aches and pains. If symptoms are still active after a week, then consult your doctor.
There are many products available to help treat symptoms of colds and flu, however it is important to keep hydrated, eat well and have plenty of rest. If you are suffering from a fever, ibuprofen or paracetamol will help to reduce temperature and treat any aches or pains you may be having, such as headache, toothache or sprains. If you are feeling congested from a blocked nose, then decongestant products, such as Lemsip or Vicks will help to reduce the swelling in the nose to help ease breathing. Coughs are also common during the winter period.
If you are suffering from a productive cough, known as a chesty cough or an unproductive cough, normally known as a dry cough, products from brands such as Benylin or Strepsils will help reduce symptoms. Manor Pharmacy have a range of cough, cold and flu products to buy online, from well known brands at discount prices, and all with free delivery. For more informatio, tips, help & advice on how to combat symptoms, visit our cough, cold & flu advice page.
Manor Pharmacy also provide a flu vaccination service at a number of branches to help you get through the winter months with a reduced risk of picking up the virus. For more information on the flu jab and information on branches that offer the service, visit our Flu Vaccination page.