Sore throats, coughs, colds and nasal congestion

Sore throats

Sore throats are very common and usually nothing to worry about. They normally get better by themselves within a week.

Visit www.nhs.uk/sore throats for more information on:

  • Causes and symptoms of sore throats
  • How to treat a sore throat yourself
  • How a pharmacist can help with a sore throat
  • When to see a GP/seek further help

Cough

A cough will usually go away within 3 weeks on its own.

Visit www.nhs.uk/cough for more information on:

  • What causes coughs
  • How you can treat a cough yourself
  • How a pharmacist can help with a cough
  • When to see a GP/seek further help

Common cold

You can often treat a cold without seeing your GP. You should begin to feel better in about a week or two.

Visit www.nhs.uk/common-cold for more information on:

  • Cold symptoms
  • How you can treat a cold yourself
  • How to prevent catching a cold
  • How to avoid spreading a cold
  • When to see a GP/seek further help
  • Antibiotics and colds
  • Nasal congestion - information on Decongestants

Patient information resources


Online resources

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