Information & Advice
There are a number of cold and flu symptoms - here are some of the most common ones you should look out for:
Tip: When you are exposed to a cold virus, your symptoms will gradually develop and may last for around a week.
Tip: If you develop flu, your symptoms may come on suddenly and peak after a few days however full recovery may take up to two weeks.
To be able to treat your cold or flu symptoms effectively, you need to give your body time to recover properly.
|Make sure you get plenty of rest||Try sleeping on a raised pillow if you have a blocked nose|
|Make sure you drink plenty of fluids||Try avoiding smoking and being around others who smoke|
There are also plenty of cold and flu products available to help ease your symptoms. You can ask your local Boots pharmacist for advice on suitable medicines. Find your nearest Boots pharmacy.
There are some simple things you can do to help protect yourself and others from catching a cold or flu.
|Wash your hands regularly, especially after touching your nose or mouth||Sneeze and cough into a tissue and dispose of it properly|
|Use a paper towel or tissue when you are drying your hands instead of a shared towel||Wipe and clean surfaces regularly|
Tip: Getting a yearly flu jab can help protect you against winter flu. Find out more information on the Boots Winter Flu Jab service.
There are plenty of things you can do to help protect and look after yourself health this winter without a trip to the doctor, however, if you find that your cold and flu symptoms persist or become worse, then seek medical advice.
For further information on treating your cold or flu symptoms without going to your doctor, visit the Treat Yourself Better site or the BootsWebMD Cold and Flu Health Centre.
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