Residents are being urged to take care of themselves if they are experiencing flu symptoms.

At this time of year, many people are experiencing flu like symptoms, with self-care often the best way of making a quick recovery.

A pharmacist can provide treatment advice and recommend flu remedies, with many containing paracetamol or ibuprofen.

It is therefore important to be careful not to use them in addition to paracetamol and ibuprofen tablets, to avoid taking more than the recommended dose.

It is also important to speak to a pharmacist before giving medicines to children.

Local GP Dr Simon Watkins said: “It’s been widely reported over the last few days that the NHS is experiencing huge pressures and this is equally true of local GP practices who are seeing people turn up with colds and flu-like symptoms seeking advice and treatment.

Unfortunately, antibiotics don’t work for common coughs and colds, or even flu, and therefore don’t speed up your recovery, and whilst we would never discourage people from their GP, in the case of coughs, cold and flu we would ask people not to attend surgeries where possible as they can risk spreading the infection further in places where there are likely to be people who are more vulnerable to illness.

“The best way to get better is self-care.

“Symptoms usually last around a week and clear up by themselves, but if you are seeking them for longer please seek advice.”

Typical symptoms include:

  • A Sudden fever- temperature of 38c or above
  • Aching body
  • Feeling tired or exhausted
  • Dry, chesty cough
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhoea or tummy pain
  • Nausea and being sick

To help you get better more quickly you can: 

  • Get some rest and sleep
  • Keep warm
  • Take paracetamol or ibuprofen to lower your temperature and treat aches and pains
  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration

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