Health bosses are reminding people of the difference between colds and flu and that if you are fit and healthy that you can usually manage the symptoms of these illnesses with over the counter medication at home. It may be getting warmer, but cold and flu bugs are still very much around.
Symptoms of a cold include:
runny nose – beginning with clear mucus that develops into thicker, green mucus as the cold progresses
People with a cold may also suffer with a mild fever, earache, tiredness and headache. Symptoms develop over one or two days and gradually get better after a few days. Some colds can last for up to two weeks.
A cold is most contagious during the early stages, when the person has a runny nose and sore throat.
Flu, on the other hand, usually comes on much more quickly than a cold, and symptoms include:
sudden fever of 38-40C (100-104F)
muscle aches and pains
feeling exhausted and needing to lie down
a dry, chesty cough
Colds and flu are still around, so
Dr Kevin Hill, GP and Chair of South Lincolnshire CCG said
“A medicine cabinet stocked with cold and flu remedies is still important, this along with lots of rest and plenty of fluids will see you back to good health in a few days. See your pharmacist for advice about how to treat your cold or flu in the first instance.’’
For more advice on staying well this winter visit www.nhs.uk/staywell.