Everything You Need to Fight Off Colds and Flus

Everything You Need to Fight Off Colds and Flus

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As the nights draw in and the temperature drops, colds and flus will be easier to catch, so make sure you're stocked up on those all-important cold and flu medicines.

Feeling sick feels like it goes on forever but there are ways to speed up your recovery. In this article we’ll explain why some medicines are better than others. And share some nifty home remedies if you’re at your wits end.

Cold Medicines You'll Need

It's usually quite difficult to distinguish if you've got a cold or flu because the symptoms can cross over. Both a cold and flu have symptoms like coughing, a stuffy nose, and sometimes a sore throat. Flus are usually accompanied with slight aches and pains and an increased temperature, however, this does depend on the person as not everyone will get the same symptoms.

Thankfully, we stock medicines that are made to fight against colds & flus, so you don't need to worry if you're unsure what you've got.

Capsules for Colds & Flus

Lemsip Max Capsules are designed to help with symptomatic relief of colds and flus, they contain paracetamol, caffeine, and phenylephrine hydrochloride - but what do they all do?

The paracetamol will help fight against headaches, sore throats, fevers and any body aches and pains. Caffeine will be useful to give you some energy so your body can fight any tiredness and fatigue. And whilst the last ingredient, phenylephrine hydrochloride, might sound scary, it's a really helpful decongestant which will help to unblock your nose. You'll find all directions on the packet, but you can take two capsules every 4-6 hours in a 24-hour period - do not take more than 8 capsules in a 24-hour period.

Just to note, this product is not suitable for children under 16 years old, but not to worry because we've got some cold relief medicine that's made for children too, more on this later.

Liquid Solution for Colds and Flus

If you have trouble swallowing capsules or would prefer a liquid cold and flu medicine, we’d suggest the Lemsip Max Strength Blackcurrant sachets. They contain more paracetamol and phenylephrine hydrochloride than the capsules but contain no caffeine, so they'll be good to take if you need plenty of sleep. The directions are simple, all you need to do to prepare a mug of Lemsip is to mix one sachet with a mug of hot water, then stir until the powder has dissolved. The ingredients will help settle your symptoms and if you have a sore throat, the heat of Lemsip drink will help to soothe any pain as you swallow. These Lemsip sachets are suitable for anyone over the age of 12 and make for a great alternative for people who struggle to swallow capsules and tablets.

Lozenges for Sore Throats

Fight off a nasty sore throat with the help of Strepsils Honey & Lemon Lozenges, they get to work in just 5 minutes to help soothe your throat. Strepsil lozenges contain medicine which will work for up to 2 hours, and antiseptics which will kill any bacteria that's causing the discomfort in your throat. As these lozenges will help to lubricate your throat, they can also act a cough suppressant to put those annoying coughs to bed.

The honey & lemon flavour means these lozenges won't have any nasty medicinal tastes. There are 16 lozenges per pack, and you can have one lozenge every 2-3 hours in a 24-hour period which means you'll have plenty of relief. Strepsils lozenges are not suitable for anyone under the age of 6.

Cold Medicines for Children

Children are more prone to catching colds because at their young age, their immune system hasn’t fully developed, so they can get as many as 8 to 10 colds before they turn 2.

Remember that weirdly nice taste of Calpol from when you were little? Well, the good news is that Calpol still exists, and we've got a fantastic range of their products to help your little one.

Children Under 6

For children between the age of 2 months to 6 years, Calpol Infant Oral Suspension 100ml is great to help relieve cold symptoms, sore throats, fevers and more. It contains a smaller dose of paracetamol to help your child recover faster and they'll have no problem swallowing it thanks to its pleasant Strawberry flavour that we all liked. The doses differ by age and here's a handy breakdown below:

Age

How much

How often

2-3 months

2.5ml

If needed, after 4-6 hours, a second dose of 2.5ml

3-6 months

2.5ml

Up to 4 times a day in 24 hours

6-24 months

5ml

Up to 4 times a day in 24 hours

2-4 years

7.5ml

Up to 4 times a day in 24 hours

4-6 years

10ml

Up to 4 times a day in 24 hours

Children Over 6

For children over the age of 6, there's Calpol SixPlus which is also strawberry flavoured and designed for children who struggle to swallow tablets. There's 250mg paracetamol per 5ml which will help to subside any cold symptoms in children. Be sure to leave 4 hours between doses when giving Calpol to your child, and follow this guide for measurements:

Age

How much

How often

6-8 years

5ml

Up to 4 times a day in 24 hours

8-10 years

7.5ml

Up to 4 times a day in 24 hours

10-12 years

10ml

Up to 4 times a day in 24 hours

12-16 years

10-15ml

Up to 4 times a day in 24 hours

16 years+ and adults

10-20ml

Up to 4 times a day in 24 hours

Cough Syrup for Children

Dry, tickly coughs are a nuisance to deal with and if you child is getting frustrated, we understand how they feel. Calcough Cough Relief Syrup is the solution they need; it's made with glycerol which acts as a lubricant to settle dry coughs and give your child some relief. It's suitable for children that are aged between 3 months to 5 years and can be taken 3 to 4 times in a 24-hour period. Here's the breakdown on measurements by age:

Age

How much

How often

3 months-1 year

5ml

3-4 times a day in 24 hours

1-5 years

10ml

3-4 times a day in 24 hours

Home Remedies for Colds and Flus

Home remedies are handy to use when medicine alone isn’t working, and you need a helping hand. Here are 3 home remedies that you can try out:

Herbal Teas

Camomile tea is known for its calming and soothing properties for the mind and body and is great to turn to for when you’re not feeling your best, but did you know it has benefits for colds and flus too? Camomile tea could help reduce cold symptoms by boosting the immune system and reducing inflammation in the body. This means your body will be able to fight off a cold or flu much easier by sipping on some camomile tea through the day.

Peppermint tea is also a great option to try because peppermint has antimicrobial activities that can reduce inflammation and help clear congestion which will help you to relieve a stuffy nose. Peppermint tea also tastes great too with its warming, refreshing taste.

Honey

Whether you like honey or not, you might want to give it a go when you’re feeling under the weather. Honey has antimicrobial properties that can help to fight against bacteria and viruses. Simply mix a spoon of honey into hot water and add spoon of fresh lemon juice which will add some extra vitamin C which is essential for your immune system. This concoction is especially good to sip on when you have a scratchy throat before bed so you can get a peaceful night’s sleep. Try Rowse Organic Honey which is 100% organic and pure so you can reap the benefits.

Salt Water

Checked the cupboards and have no honey? Salt can do the trick too, so try gargling with salt water. It won’t provide an instant cure, but it will definitely help to ease the discomfort in your throat. All you need to do is add ¼ or ½ teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water and gargle away. You’ll hopefully experience some relief, so you aren’t constantly trying to cough and clear your throat.

Things You Can Do Yourself

As we said, there's plenty you can do yourself to fight off a cold or flu, but the most important thing to start with is rest. Your body is going to need plenty of sleep when you're ill because it's trying to fight off an infection, and adequate amounts of sleep keeps your immune system strong too.

You need to drink plenty of fluids when you’re feeling under the weather, this will help break up mucus in your body so you can relieve any nasal congestion, and it can also help with a runny nose. Keeping hydrated will help you deal with any fatigue and headaches that you may be suffering from - these are common symptoms you get especially with a flu.

Unfortunately, the symptoms of colds and flus are plentiful and sore throats are one of them. They're annoying, they're scratchy and sore throats can make swallowing food feel like swallowing glass. Eugh. Whilst it might be easier to avoid eating, it's not the wisest thing to do because your body is going to need energy. Thankfully, soups are a life saver when you're suffering with a sore throat, they won't cause any discomfort when swallowing and a hot soup will do wonders to help soothe an irritated throat. Check out our range of Heinz soups with flavours like Vegetable, Mushroom, Chicken and classic Tomato.

Colds And Flus, Be Gone

So, whether it's a common cold or a horrible flu, you'll be back on your feet in no time. Just make sure you're getting good amounts of rest, drinking plenty of liquids and keep having hot soups throughout the day for energy, along with the medicines discussed in this article. Don’t forget to try out some of these home remedies to help with any discomfort you’re feeling with your cold or flu.

Keep your cupboard stocked up with medicines because you never know when a cold or flu might come on, and the earlier you start treating it, the faster it will subside.