NHS says you should Avoid this medicine if you’ve got a cold

  • The cold has caused people all over the country to cough and sniff.And in view of Christmas, desperate to be good for the holiday season and the holidays, we will try to remove these annoying germs, buying everything we can get our hands in the pharmacy.But there is a drug that warns the NHS of cough medicine if you have a cold.
  • Suggestions on the NHS website for chest infections read as follows: “Avoid cough medicine because there is little evidence that it works and coughing will help you get rid of the infection faster by removing the mucus from the lungs.”
  • Next time you have a cough, do not go to the shops to take that soothing syrup. You could recover faster without it.

Symptoms of Chest infection

  • Persistent cough
  • Spit yellow or green mucus (thick mucus) or spilled blood
  • Shortness of breath or quick and shallow breathing
  • Wheezing
  • High temperature (fever)
  • An accelerated heart rate
  • Chest pain or a sense of oppression
  • Feeling confused and disoriented

How to take care of yourself if you have a Chest infection

  • Rest a lot
  • Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration and dissolve the mucus in the lungs, making spitting easier
  • Treat headaches, fever and pain with painkillers – such as paracetamol or ibuprofen
  • Drink a warm honey and lemon drink – to relieve a sore throat with a persistent cough
  • Raise your head with extra pillows while you sleep – to facilitate breathing
  • Use a humidifier or inhale steam in a bowl of warm water to relieve cough (hot water should not be used
  • to treat infant cough as there is a risk of scalding)
  • Stop smoking

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