Cold and Flu

Most of us get at least one cold a year and just occasionally we fall ill with flu. Both are viruses and cannot be treated with antibiotics. But we can ease the symptoms of colds and flu and any of the Sam McCauley Healthcare team can advise on the best products for your needs.

If you have a cold – and especially if you have flu – it’s important to do your best to avoid sneezing near other people. Use fresh tissues each time you blow your nose and regularly wash your hands, so you don’t spread the virus.

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A lot of people refer to their cold as flu – more often than not they simply have a bad cold. Even symptoms such as a sore throat, runny or blocked nose and headaches are unlikely by themselves to mean that you have flu – you may just have a nasty cold and should rest if possible. However, if you are running a temperature, or are suffering from more headaches or are experiencing bodily aches and pains, you may well have flu and should rest, at least until the fever has passed.

Your local Sam McCauley pharmacy has an extensive range of products to help relieve the symptoms of a cold or flu. In addition to taking a suitable cold or flu preparation you should ensure that you drink plenty of water, eat a wide variety of fruit and vegetables and if you can, try munching a clove of garlic every four to six hours. Garlic is famous for its ability to fight infection but if you cannot stomach the thought of that then why not try one of the many odourless garlic supplements available. If you are a poor eater then make sure that you are supplementing your diet with a Vitamin C preparation as this will also help recovery and get you back to normal.

Finally many of our pharmacies offer the Flu vaccination, so next year why not avail of this before the flu season starts. Speak to our pharmacists for further details.