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Colds & Sore Throats

Everyone suffers from the common cold at some time, most of us several times a year. Some colds can be worse than others. Most last between one and two weeks.

- Doctors still have not found a cure for the common cold

- Antibiotics will not hep

- Simple home made remedies will relieve the discomfort until you are better.

- Take regular paracetamol or aspirin to relieve the aches and pains and to bring your temperature down. (Please note, this is not recommended for under 16's, see your doctor or chemist if you are worried).

- Soluble paracetamol or aspirin can be gargled before swallowing to help your sore throat.

- Ease the congestion of a blocked nose by inhaling the steam from a bowl of hot water from the kettle. Menthol or eucalyptus drops in the water make a good vapour inhalation. Always make sure there is no danger of the hot water spilling and causing a scald.

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Please bear in mind that the information contained within this section of the website is NOT in any way implied as advice from any of the GPs here at the practice. The information given is NO substitute to consulting with your GP.

If at any time, you feel that you require the opinion of a Health Professional, please ring the health centre to make an appointment, or alternatively, ring NHS Direct as detailed below.


NHS Direct offers free expert health information and advice 24 hours a day on 0845 4647 or on their website which also offers an enquiry service.

For deaf people and those hard of hearing, a telephone service is available on 0845 606 4647


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