Our opening hours may vary from branch to branch. Visit our branches page to see the opening hours of your nearest branch.
Meningitis A,C,W, and Y
Australia & Pacific
What we have to say about your health and well being
What we have to say about your health and well being
FOCUS ON HEALTH- COUGHS AND COLDS
In this edition of the blog we are going to look at coughs and colds, what they are, how to deal with them and why you should see your Pharmacist.
Coughs and Colds
As winter draws near the incidence of coughs and colds will unfortunately rise.
Coughing is the body's natural reaction to get rid of mucus, smoke, dust or anything that irritates the upper respiratory system.
Coughs can be dry, chesty, acute and chronic. Dry coughs are irritating and non productive. Dry coughs are relieved by cough mixtures containing antitussive and cough suppressant ingredients.
On the other hand, chesty coughs are wet, productive or phlegmy. These are relieved by expectorants. The active ingredients in cough mixtures tend to increase bronchial secrestions and reduce the tenacity of mucus to make coughing up of phlegm easier.
Acute coughs: usually last less than 3 weeks and can be caused by infection, bronchitis, pneumonia, common cold, flu, asthma or allergies.
Chronic coughs: last longer, typically over 8 weeks and can be caused by lung disease such as COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
Coughs and Colds in Children: in children are normally self limiting and clear on their own. Antibiotics have no use as the cause is usually viral.
Management of coughs and colds
There are a wide range of products available for couughs and colds. These can be purchased from supermarkets, garages, shops and pharmacies depending on legal classification. The Medicines Act classifies medicines as General Sales (GSL), Pharmacy Only (P) and Prescription Only (POM) medicines. P medicines can only be purchased from a pharmacy with a pharmacist present, POMs require a Doctor's prescription and GSL medicines in most cases have no particular restrictions.
Why should you purchase your cough and cold remedies from the Riverside Pharmacy?
Several GSL medicines contain active ingredients which can also be found in P and POM medicines. Potentially, a problem of overdosing may arise if products containing the same ingredients are taken at the same time. Some cough and cold remedies may also have ingredients that are contraindicated with medicines that you are already taking. This may be particularly the case if you have high blood pressure, heart disease or taking beta-blockers. Your cough and cold symptoms may also require you to be referred to your GP. This is the reason for the questions that you may often be asked before we sell you medicines.
All our staff are either suitably qualified or working towards a nationally recognised qualification and can advise on apprpriateness of medicines you may choose to purchase and how best to use use your medicines. At the Riverside Pharmacy you will have direct access to our pharmacist seven days a week.
Our pharmacy team is here to meet your needs. If you have questions about coughs and colds or indeed any other questions, do not hesitate to contact the team.
N.B. Our seasonal flu vaccination programme is now available.
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
New continuous cough and/or
loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness If you have coronavirus symptoms:
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home
Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home
Plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household
Ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999
If you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (See ending isolation section below for more information)
If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill
It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
For anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period. (See ending isolation section below for more information
If you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
If you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible