Coughs, Colds and Flu
HOW DO YOU GET A COLD OR THE FLU?
- A cold or the flu is caused by a virus
- You can spread the virus by coughing and sneezing
- As another person can breathe in the virus from drops or even from touching things
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A COLD AND THE FLU
- The viruses that cause a cold or the flu are not the same viruses
- Your symptoms will be different
- You will feel sicker with the flu than a cold, with a fever 2,11
SIGNS OF A COLD OR THE FLU
When you have a cold or the flu, you will feel some or all of these symptoms.2
TREATMENT FOR A COLD OR THE FLU
he medicine that you will get from the clinic sister, doctor or pharmacist will help you feel better. This medicine can also be bought directly from a pharmacy.
There are different medicines that can help to:
- Take away the pain and fever.
There are syrups for children or old people that may struggle to swallow tablets as well as tablets for adults.
- Open your blocked nose or help to make it stop running so you can breathe better.
Some of these medicines are tablets that you can drink with water, and some are sprays that you spray into your nose. There are also syrups for children.
Important: Antibiotics will not help to cure a viral infection like a cold or the flu.
WHAT IS A COUGH?
When you are healthy, you cough sometimes as this keeps your throat and lungs clean. 3
When you are sick, you cough a lot more, because there is a lot of mucus in your throat, and your body is trying to make you better.15
CAUSES OF A COUGH
Besides a virus causing mucus dripping down the back of your throat, you can also cough when:
- You inhale things from the air like smoke or cold air
- You are allergic to something
- You have asthma
- You experience acid from your stomach pushing into your throat
- Some medicines you take regularly can cause a cough
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF A COUGH
There are different types of coughs that need different medicines. Therefore you will need to explain what you are experiencing.
HEALTHY TIPS WHEN YOU COUGH
You can’t really stop yourself from coughing. You can avoid some of the things that make you cough, or you can cough less by:
TREATMENT FOR A COUGH
You don’t always need to go to your doctor or clinic for the medicines that you need to use when you have a cough.
Most cough medicines you can buy from the pharmacy.16,18
- There are cough syrups that loosen the mucus or phlegm that is irritating your throat or dripping down your throat.
- When you have an irritating cough and cannot sleep at night, you can take a cough syrup or lozenge to stop the cough.
- When you have phlegm and cough a lot, you can get cough syrup or suck on a lozenge to loosen the phlegm and reduce the coughing at the same time.
TREATMENT OF COUGH AS SYMPTOM OF COLD AND FLU
Don’t let a cough get in the way, start to treat your cough from day 1.
Benefits of a Benylin Wet Cough range:
- Benylin Wet Cough Mucus Relief thins and loosens mucus making it easier for you to get rid of thick stubborn phlegm.
- Benylin Wet Cough starts to work Quickly to Combat your Cough
- Benylin Wet Cough range is available in Adult, Adult Menthol and Children’s variants
- Alongside our cough products for both adults and children, we’ve also developed an effective range of products to help relieve the symptoms of colds and flu. Ask your pharmacists for the Benylin®Solution best suitable for you and your family.
- DOKTOR MOM®Herbal Cough Lozenges work to relieve your cough and soothe your throat when you are on the go. Alcohol free and Tartrazine free. Can be taken day and night.
For full prescribing information, please refer to the Professional Information approved by the medicines regulatory authority.
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