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You don’t need to see your GP for a common cold

The common cold, although frustrating, is a mild viral infection that usually clears up on its own within a week or two. In most cases there is no need to see your GP, however, your local Pharmacist may be able to advise on over-the-counter medications to help with your symptoms.

The main symptoms of a common cold include:

  • A blocked or runny nose
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Cough

There is no cure for the common cold, but there are things you can do to self-care at home;

  • Get some rest
  • Drink plenty of fluids and eat fruit and vegetables
  • Take over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, to reduce any fever
  • Use decongestant sprays, steam or tablets to relieve a blocked nose
  • Try remedies such as gargling salt water and sucking on menthol sweets

In general, a person is contagious a few days prior to any symptoms occurring until all their symptoms have gone.  There are a number of ways you can help stop the cold virus spreading:

  • Wash your hands regularly
  • Always sneeze and cough into tissues
  • Clean surfaces regularly
  • Use your own cup, plates and cutlery
  • Don’t share towels or toys

You can find more information about coughs and colds and information on your nearest pharmacy at NHS Choices.

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Embracing Self Care for Life across South Cheshire

You can be fighting off many minor illnesses this winter yourself, at home, by embracing Self Care for Life.

Next week (13th-19th November 2017) is Self Care Week, when teams from NHS South Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will be out across the area, sharing the best tips for keeping yourself healthy.

Tips include knowing how long common illnesses take to go away and which over-the-counter medicines to have at home so you’re prepared to tackle minor conditions as soon as they start to develop, filling your medicine cabinet for less than £10.

Alongside information sessions at health centres, cafés and supermarkets, other companies are also embracing Self Care Week.  Brio Leisure Lifestyle Centres in Winsford and Northwich are offering free sessions for a number of fitness classes, Rangers will be leading people on Wellie Walks around local beauty spots and Manchester Metropolitan University will take people on a Social Cycle around Crewe.

The week’s activities have been put together by Noreen Caldwell, Public Engagement and Involvement Manager at the CCG, who has also been named as a Self Care Champion by the Self Care Forum in recognition for her work with the local community, training members of the public to spread awareness of self care.

Noreen said: “Empowering local people with the confidence and information to look after themselves and giving them the options and skills to be able to select and chose the most appropriate and best care for them is the essence of our local approach to self care.

Dr Annabel London, GP and Primary Care Lead for the CCG, said: “The CCG are proud of Noreen for becoming a nationally recognised Self Care Champion in recognition for her hard work to help patients across South Cheshire and Vale Royal.

“Knowing about self care means then when you start to get those early symptoms of minor conditions like coughs, colds and sore throats, you can start tackling it straight away.

“You don’t need to wait to book an appointment to then be sent to your pharmacist, you can start getting sooner, quicker, using the over-the-counter medicines you’ve got in your cabinet.”

To find out more about self care and what activities are taking place near you for Self Care Week, visit the Self Care page