What to look out for
While the first symptom of a cold is usually a sore throat, it is followed by symptoms that include a blocked nose, sneezing and a runny nose. The runny nose is normally clear at the start, becoming thicker and darker before the infection clears.
With a cold and runny nose you will usually feel worse during the first two to three days before gradually starting to improve. The symptoms in adults and older children usually last for about a week.
What can you do
Most colds can be treated at home. Drink plenty of fluids to replace those lost from sweating and runny noses. Get lots of rest and eat healthily.
Ask your Pharmacist about over the counter remedies and medications that may help, like paracetamol, ibuprofen, or medicines that will help clear your sinuses.
Resume normal activities when you feel well enough. Eat well, a low fat, high fibre diet is recommended, including plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.
When to seek help
Do not take antibiotics for a cold as they will not help and may do damage. Colds are caused by viruses and antibiotics cannot treat viruses.
Usually you do not need to see the doctor. Most colds can be treated at home.
For more information on colds visit the HSE website by clicking here.
As you can probably guess, this website can never replace the advice you might get from a health professional. While we aim to give you the best advice we can, if you are at all worried about yourself or your child, please call or visit your GP or your Pharmacist.
We hope you feel better soon!