Feeling under the weather? Experiencing flu-like symptoms? Not quite sure what to do? Let us help.

Here’s some information about the Common Cold and what our qualified GPs can offer to help you!

 

Check if you have a Common Cold

Cold and flu-like symptoms come on gradually and can include:

  • blocked or runny nose
  • sore throat
  • headaches
  • muscle aches
  • coughs
  • sneezing
  • a raised temperature
  • pressure in your ears and face
  • loss of taste and smell

 

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Remaining hydrated is very important. You should try to drink as much water as possible to avoid dehydration. Gargling salt water can also help to soothe a sore throat.

Causes and Preventative Measures 

The causes of common colds are many and often unexplained. Colds are caused by viruses and easily spread to other people. You’re infectious until all your symptoms have gone. This usually takes a week or two.

To reduce the risk of spreading a cold:

  • wash your hands often with warm water and soap
  • use tissues to trap germs when you cough or sneeze
  • bin used tissues as quickly as possible

The flu vaccine helps prevent the flu but not colds.

Treatment

The help you get better as soon as possible, you should try to rest and sleep, keep warm and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Gargling salt-water can help soothe a sore throat. 

If these do not help, a pharmacist can advise you on the best medicines such as cough and cold medicines.

If symptoms deteriorate or you don’t feel any better, then you should see a GP who will be able to further help you. Our Gogodoc GPs can help you receive the necessary treatment. For example, antibiotics may be prescribed if a bacterial infection is suspected.

 

 

When should you book a Gogodoc GP?

  • your symptoms don’t improve after three weeks
  • your symptoms get suddenly worse
  • you have a very high temperature or you feel hot and shivery
  • you’re concerned about your child’s symptoms
  • you’re finding it hard to breathe or develop chest pain

You should also always consider seeing a GP is you have long-term condition – such as diabetes, or a heart, lung, kidney or neurological disease. Also if you are currently on chemotherapy then you should see a GP.

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