COVID statement

Advice On Cold & Flu Remedies

Colds are tricky. The viruses that cause them keep changing and evolving, so getting one doesn’t make you immune from the next. That’s why there is no ‘cure’ for the common cold. And, as antibiotics don’t work against viruses, it’s best to tackle the symptoms and wait to feel better.


  • Keep warm, get some rest, and allow your body to fight the virus
  • Drink plenty of fluids – water and juices can help cool a fever
  • Sleep with your head on a high pillow if your nose is blocked at night
  • Try steam inhalation as a simple, effective way to help ease congestion. Adding menthol to the hot water may help
  • Use a tissue to catch sneezes and help avoid spreading the virus


  • Try to do too much – your body will be fighting the virus so you may feel tired more easily than usual
  • Smoke – this can further irritate the linings of the nose and throat
  • Close your windows – fresh air is good for your immune system
  • Drink alcohol – this will dehydrate you and may interact with any medicines you are taking

When to see your GP

Sometimes you need an extra hand to diagnose or treat your cold or flu.
Make sure you visit your GP if any of the following apply:

  • The symptoms are not relieved by over the counter medicines
  • Symptoms persist for more than three weeks
  • Symptoms suddenly get worse
  • Symptoms recur frequently or seem continuous
  • There is a high fever (above 38.5C)
  • You have persistently painful, swollen glands or difficulty swallowing
  • You have difficulty breathing
  • Symptoms are unusual
  • A rash is present
  • You have a stiff neck
  • You have earache