When you catch a cold or come down with the flu, it can be tricky to think about anything else. Whilst you may want to dive under your duvet for days, you may be better off learning how to manage your symptoms and which over the counter products, available at Savers, can help you feel healthy and happy again!
Not sure where to start? Read on for our handy guide on how to treat colds and flu.
Cold or Flu? How to tell the difference
The cold and flu are both respiratory illnesses caused by viruses. They share similar symptoms, but they do have some distinctive differences.
The common cold is milder than the flu and will develop gradually over a few days. You may experience a sore throat, headache, runny nose and a cough. Symptoms of the common cold may hang around for 5-7 days.
With the flu, you’re going to feel the symptoms much quicker and more severely. If you are suffering from the flu, you may experience body aches, fever or chills, difficulty sleeping and congestion. In addition, the flu can develop into more severe illnesses such as sinus and ear infections, pneumonia, or acute bronchitis.
How to treat colds and flu
According to the NHS, when you have a cold or are struck down with the flu, you can help yourself get better more quickly by:
- Drinking plenty of water
- Keeping yourself warm
- Getting rest and sleep
You can also buy over the counter cold and flu medicines, many of which are available in-store and online at Savers.
Cold & Flu Sachets*
Cold and flu sachets from the likes of Lemsip and Beechams, offer fast, effective relief for multiple symptoms, including aches, pains and congestion. Available in flavours like lemon and blackcurrant, they can help you treat colds and flu while keeping you warm and cosy!
*Always read the label before taking this medication, and do not take in conjunction with any other flu, cold or decongestant products that contain paracetamol.
Coughs can be frustrating; there’s no doubt about it! So, tackle dry and tickly coughs with a cough syrup specially designed to soothe inflammation and suppress irritating sensations at the back of your throat.
When you feel bunged up and are full of sniffles, a decongestant can help unblock your nose and alleviate sinus tension. The formulas are usually made up of essential oils like eucalyptus and menthol that, when breathed in, cool down your nasal passageways helping you to breathe more easily.
Soothe Sore Heads
Headaches are just one of the many downsides of catching a cold or flu. While you can alleviate the pain by taking paracetamol or ibuprofen, you may always want to try alternative methods such as the Kool ‘N’ Soothe rollerball to provide a cooling and massage effect.
How to prevent getting sick
There’s a reason why a cold is called the ‘common cold’ – it’s quickly passed on from person to person. To reduce the chance of getting sick, there are a few things you can do:
- Keep your hands clean
Good hygiene will prevent the spread of germs and bacteria, so make sure you are regularly washing your hands or using anti-bacterial gel whilst out and about.
- Cover your mouth and nose
The flu and cold viruses are spread via water droplets from the mouth and nose. So, always sneeze or cough into tissue and throw it away immediately to prevent the virus from spreading.
- If you are sick, stay home!
By reducing the number of people you come into contact with, the smaller the chance of spreading or catching a cold. If you are feeling unwell, and you can stay home, do so! Your friends, family and colleagues will thank you for it!
Keep yourself well and healthy this winter
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