Having a nasty bout of the common cold or flu is never any fun, but there are plenty of remedies available right here so you can get right back to feeling your best self again. …read moreSee less
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Can I use paracetamol for a cold or fever?
You can use paracetamol to manage symptoms of a cold or the flu.
Paracetamol isn’t just a painkiller, so not only will it bring down those pesky congestion headaches, but it can help to reduce fever too.
If you’re dealing with a fever or high temperature because of a cold, paracetamol can help to bring your temperature down and help you to feel more comfortable while easing your pain.
Do I have hay fever or a cold?
It’s the middle of summer and you’re sniffing and sneezing and, frankly, feeling a bit gross.
But what’s going on here? Have you picked up an uncomfortable Summer cold, or are you suffering from hay fever?
There are a couple of ways to figure out what’s giving you the sneezes and the coughs, so let’s take a look at each condition and how you can tell them apart.
What is the best remedy for a cold?
When you’ve got a cold, all you’ll want is to get better as soon as possible so you can get back to normal.
If you want to get better quickly, you’ll need to get plenty of rest and sleep, keep yourself warm and drink plenty of water.
Thankfully, there are also lots of effective treatments available that can ease your symptoms in the meantime.
These include paracetamol, ibuprofen, nasal decongestants, vapour rubs and cough medicines if necessary.
Always check the label of your cough or cold remedy to make sure you don’t take too much, especially if you’ve been taking any other medicines.
What is the difference between cold and flu?
The symptoms for cold and flu are similar, so it can be hard to tell the difference.
But the best way to tell the difference is how well you’re able to go about your day.
If you have a cold, you won’t feel great, but you can probably go into work and go to the shops - if you have the flu, you will most likely be bedridden until the worst of it passes.
Cold symptoms appear gradually, whereas the flu is sudden.
Do I have a dry cough or a chesty cough?
There are two common types of cough, a dry, tickly cough and a chesty, mucus cough, and they’re pretty easy to tell apart.
If you have a dry cough you won’t produce any mucus or phlegm when you cough.
On the other hand, if you have a chesty cough you’ll bring up phlegm when you have a good coughing session.
Different types of cough need different types of cough medicine, which is why there are so many available.