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Coughs, Colds & Flu

Olbas Inhaler Nasal Stick

Olbas Inhaler Nasal Stick

  • A fast effective aromatherapy inhaler
  • Effective in relieving a blocked nose
  • Provides a fresh, clean feeling in the nose, sinus & lungs
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Benylin Mucus Cough Max Honey & Lemon

Benylin Mucus Cough Max Honey & Lemon

  • Treats chesty coughs and clears mucus
  • Contains Guaifenesin which relieves blockages
  • Works by loosening and thinning mucus
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Benylin Dry and Tickly Cough Syrup

Benylin Dry and Tickly Cough Syrup

  • Relieves dry coughs and throat irritation
  • Soothes and relieves sore throat
  • Comes in syrup form
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Vicks VapoRub

Vicks VapoRub

  • A topical cough treatment with medicated vapors
  • Works by relieving congestion and cold symptoms
  • Also used to sooth muscular and joint pains
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Sterimar Cold Defence Nasal Spray

Sterimar Cold Defence Nasal Spray

  • Relieves nasal congestion and loosens the mucus
  • An isotonic resolution created from organic and purified seawater
  • Enriched with Copper and free from preservatives
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Simple Linctus Paediatric Cough Syrup

Simple Linctus Paediatric Cough Syrup

  • A demulcent cough syrup
  • Treats dry and tickly coughs
  • Works by coating the throat and reduces the urge to cough
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Olbas Oil Inhalant Decongestant

Olbas Oil Inhalant Decongestant

  • Mixture of decongestant oils
  • Relieves nasal congestion symptoms quickly
  • Natural aromatic ingredients
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Difflam Spray

Difflam Spray

  • Deals with a sore throat efficiently
  • Contains the active ingredient Benzydamine hydrochloride
  • Fast effective releif for treating sore throats
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Robitussin Chesty Cough

Robitussin Chesty Cough

  • Used to treat chesty coughs
  • Long lasting affects
  • Helps loosen phlegm from chest congestion
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Otrivine Nasal Spray

Otrivine Nasal Spray

  • Cure a blocked nose effectively
  • Contains hypertonic seawater
  • Natural spray to unblock nose
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Zovirax Cold Sore Cream

Zovirax Cold Sore Cream

  • Treats cold sore symptoms
  • Reduces pain and healing time
  • Comes in the form of cream
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What is cough, cold and flu?

A cough is a response your body gives when something is irritating your throat. That irritation prompts the nerves to send a message to your brain. The brain then forwards the message to your chest muscles and abdomen, and as a result, the air is pushed out of your lungs to force the irritant stuck in your airways. Coughs are normal when they are occasional however constant coughing that may last weeks and if mucus is discoloured or bloody you are advised to consult your GP to identify the cause and treatment. Prolonged and constant coughing can be damaging to your lungs and respiratory tract, which may stimulate more coughing and loss of voice. Coughing can be exhausting and cause extreme restlessness and pain in the chest and throat.

The common cold is a viral infectious disease of the upper respiratory tract that initially affects your nose, throat, larynx and sinuses. It's usual for the symptoms to appear a couple of days after the virus has entered your body. The cause was first identified in 1952. It is the most common disease and affects people all over the world. Adults typically have 2 to 3 infections annually, whereas children may get affected 6 to 10 times in one year.

Flu is short for influenza virus, which is a viral infection that attacks your respiratory system- your nose, throat and lungs. Flu naturally resolves on its own, but sometimes the symptoms might be severe and deadly.

What causes cough, cold and flu?

A cough that lasts three weeks at most is considered acute, while a cough that's longer than eight weeks is deemed to be chronic.

Causes for acute cough:

Inhaling an irritant

• Common cold

• Whooping cough

• Pneumonia

• Influenza

Causes for chronic cough

• Asthma

• Allergies

• Lung cancer

• Bronchitis

• Emphysema

• Coronavirus

• Tuberculosis

• Heart failure

• Chronic sinusitis

The common cold is most commonly caused by the rhinovirus, which is spread through the air during close or direct contact with an infected person or persons. It can also be transmitted through contaminated objects. The weather also plays a critical role in causing the common cold. Cold temperature-induced changes in the respiratory system, decreased immune response, and low humidity are considered to cause the common cold. The common cold is typically mild and self-limiting, with most symptoms generally improving in a week. In children, half of the cases go away within 10 days and 90 per cent within 15 days. Severe complications only occur in immunocompromised or older adults with underlying conditions.

Much like the common cold, the influenza virus travels through close contact to the air droplets of someone with the infection. They can either cough, sneeze or talk. You can either inhale the droplet and or get the disease from a contaminated object. Symptoms can appear even a couple of days after the contact. New strains of this virus occur regularly. New antibodies are formed to fight the new strains every time you are infected.

Risk factors for all these include psychological stress, not sleeping well, age, living or working conditions, chronic illnesses, weak immune system, obesity and pregnancy.

What are the common symptoms of cough, cold and flu?

Chronic cough has a number of symptoms, such as:

• A runny nose

• Post nasal drip

• Wheezing

• Hoarseness

• Sore throat

• Shortness of breath

• Frequent throat clearing

Symptoms of a cold include:

• Cough

• Runny nose

• Sneezing

• Nasal congestion

• Sore throat

• Muscle ache

• Loss of appetite

• Fatigue

• Headache

• Mild fever (in children)

• Discoloured mucus

Symptoms of flu include:

• Shortness of breath

• Chest pain

• Dizziness

• Seizures

• Weakness and muscle pain

• Pre-existing medical conditions worsening

• Dehydration

• Blue lips

People at a higher risk of catching the flu include; Children under the age of 6 and especially 6 months old babies, adults 65 and above, pregnant women, including those whom have just given birth, native Americans, people who are obese and have a considerable body mass, those generally with a weaker immune systems, residents of nursing homes and care facilities, people who have chronic underlying diseases such as asthma, diabetes and heart diseases.

If you or someone you know suffers from these symptoms, it is advised to consult your doctor and get a complete body check-up as it can be harmful to your body.

How to treat cough, cold and flu?

Cough:

Cough medicines are usually used to treat an acute cough that lasts about two weeks. It is not used to treat potential worrisome underlying conditions. It is essential to follow the dosage while using cough medications. These may have side effects and can prove fatal to children. You can follow the given measures to treat your cough besides the over-the-counter medications:

  1. Drink fluids
  2. Avoid smoking or secondhand smoke
  3. Consume honey 
  4. Cough drops or hard candy
  5. Moisture the air

Cold:

You can avoid catching a cold by regularly washing your hands and maintaining a safe distance from an infected person. Taking preventive measures can help reduce your chances of catching the cold. Drinking fluids, gargling with warm salt water and some herbal remedies can help treat the cold. Pain and fever medications like ibuprofen as well as paracetamol may help with the symptoms. Antihistamines may improve the symptoms for a day or two but not for long term conditions. Pseudoephedrine appears to be effective while treating adults. Chest vapour rub is exceptionally effective as well. Antibiotics and antiviral drugs are of negligible help as they are commonly prescribed just to fulfil people's expectations to include them.

Flu:

A flu vaccine can be taken to prevent the subsequent three to four new influenza virus strains that are expected every year. It is recommended to everyone over the age of six months. It can reduce your chances of getting the flu and lower the risk of an even severe condition. Taking the vaccine this year is especially important as the coronavirus is at its peak. Nasal sprays aren't recommended for pregnant women or children with asthma or wheezing. You can take the following preventive measures to reduce your chances of getting the flu:

  1. Wash your hands
  2. Avoid touching your face
  3. Cover your coughs and sneezes
  4. Clean surfaces
  5. Avoid crowds

Medications like amantadine, oseltamivir and tamiflu can be used to treat the influenza virus. Rapivab, relenza and xofluza are also effective medicines, as well as paracetamol and ibuprofen to help treat pain and fever.

Can I buy cough, cold and flu treatment online?

Yes! You can quickly and discreetly buy cough, cold and flu treatment online through our website.

How long does it take to treat cough, cold and flu?

Cough typically takes about 7 to 9 days to clear up if it is acute; however, chronic cough may take a couple of weeks to be cleared up. Common cold in adults takes about a week or so to get treated, whereas it takes a little longer, 2 weeks, to recover in children. Flu symptoms are also resolved in one, at most, two weeks, but if the symptoms do not get better after two weeks, it is better to go visit a doctor.

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