Managing your symptoms at home
Most common infections like coughs, colds, sore throats and flu get better on their own without antibiotics.
In many cases, our immune system will do a better job of clearing the infection without the need for extra treatment. There are a few things we can do at home to help manage some symptoms:
- Simple paracetamol-based products are a great way to lower temperatures, reduce headaches and also help with general aches and pains.
- For nasal congestion it may be appropriate to use an oral decongestant tablet or a product such as drops or sprays that goes directly up the nose.
- For babies and young children it may be best to use simple saline nasal drops which can help relieve all that congestion and snot. It’s a gentle way to loosen things up and makes it a little bit easier for them to breathe and feed.
If symptoms last longer than they normally would, or you are worried about a young child or elderly relative, speak to your local pharmacist for advice.
If you are ever worried that your symptoms might be something more severe then you can visit 111.nhs.uk or call NHS 111.