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Common cold

Common Cold

This week we are focussing on the common cold in our weekly newsletter.


A cold is a mild viral infection of the nose, throat, sinuses and upper airways. It can cause a blocked nose followed by a runny nose, sneezing, a sore throat and a cough.

In adults and older children, the cold will usually last for about a week as the body fights off the infection. Colds in younger children can last up to two weeks.


The virus can be spread through:

direct contact – if you sneeze or cough, tiny droplets of fluid containing the cold virus are launched into the air and can be breathed in by others

indirect contact – if you sneeze onto a door handle and someone else touches the handle a few minutes later, they may catch the cold virus if they then touch their mouth or nose

In general, a person first becomes contagious two to three days before their symptoms begin, and they remain contagious until all their symptoms have gone. Most people will be contagious for around two weeks.


There is no cure for a cold. If you’re generally fit and healthy, you can usually manage the symptoms of a cold or flu yourself without seeing a doctor. Look after yourself by resting, drinking non-alcoholic fluids to avoid dehydration and avoiding strenuous activity. Painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol can relieve aches and pains.

At Prime Health Pharmacy, we have a variety of common cold remedies and our pharmacists are there to advise you on the best medicine appropriate for you.

You can:

relieve a blocked nose with decongestant sprays or tablets

ease aches or lower a temperature with painkillers like paracetamol or ibuprofen

Be careful not to use cough and cold medicines if you’re taking paracetamol and ibuprofen tablets, as it’s easy to take more than the recommended dose.

Some are not suitable for children, babies and pregnant women. If in doubt, please contact us on 01133453194 and our trained pharmacists will be more than happy to help you. Why not visit our website for a wide range of cold and cough remedies such as Lemsips, Beechams Cold and Flu,Olbas,Benylin,Sudafed etc.

Also, to protect yourself from Covid-19, we have gloves, hand sanitizers, face masks etc.