Tips for treating a cold or flu
It’s that time of year again and it can seem like everyone is battling with a cold or flu.
Remedies for the common cold
- Stay home if you’re sick so you don’t overdo it or spread germs to others.
- Eat well. The old faithful hot chicken soup is warming and comforting when you’re unwell, but it’s also wise to eat plenty of fresh fruit and veggies.
- Drink lots of fluids. That means water and lemon tea with honey, and avoiding alcohol which is an immune suppressant.
- Rest up. A decent night’s sleep will do you the world of good.
- Stay positive – the mind can be a powerful tool to help you recover.
- Medicated cough drops may help relieve a sore throat.
- Strong menthol lozenges or even some honey can help with a dry, tickly cough.
- If your cough or congestion lasts longer than 5-7 days, or is worsening after a few days, you should see a GP.
Coping with the flu
- It’s important to get plenty of bedrest.
- Over the counter cold and flu medication may help relieve your symptoms.
- Antibiotics won’t help when you have a flu as it’s a viral infection, however they may be prescribed by a GP if you develop a secondary infection.
- If you’re having trouble breathing, experience chest pain or if your fever, cough, vomiting or headaches don’t go away it’s important to see your GP.