Cold & Flu
With around 200 different cold and flu viruses, the average British adult catches two to four colds a year. Unfortunately, despite years of research, there's still no cure.
What is a cold?
A cold can be caught by inhaling a virus contained within airborne droplets (dispersed when someone with a cold sneezes or coughs). However, colds are more commonly passed from one person to another by touch. About two days after infection you may start feeling the symptoms of a cold; this is when you are at your most infectious. A cold normally lasts about 5-10 days.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms of a cold can vary from person to person. You may have a congested or blocked nose, headache, sore throat, thick nasal mucus, feel tired or achy.
Treating a cold?
Although there is no known cure for the common cold there are plenty of remedies available to help ease the symptoms. Ask your local pharmacy team about the products available to help with cold prevention and ease of symptoms.
So have I got a cold, or is it flu?
'Flu is the common name for influenza and is a more serious type of infection than a cold; it affects the lungs as well. The 'flu virus is passed on in air droplets that are breathed, coughed or sneezed by people with the 'flu virus and often occurs in epidemics, affecting lots of people at once.
Common cold symptoms (200 viruses) include:
- Symptoms come on gradually
- Slight temperature
- Sore throat and runny nose
- Able to get out of bed
- Should last about a week
'Flu symptoms (only 3 viruses) include:
- Quick onset of symptoms
- High temperature
- Sweating and aching limbs, weak muscles
- Not well enough to get up and about
- Lasts from 7-10 days (first 3-4 days are the worst)
Finding it hard to sleep?
It can be hard to get a decent night's sleep when you have got a cold, a nasty cough and are all bunged up, but there are some things you can do to help yourself drift off.
Try sprinkling menthol or eucalyptus drops onto a tissue and placing it near your pillow to help clear a blocked nose. There are several different products availadesigned to aid restful sleep.
Visit your local Pharmacy and speak to your Pharmacist for more information on the right product for you.