Colds, Flu and Sore Throats

Flu, Bronchitis, Common Colds and Other Respiratory Ailments

There’s nothing worse than feeling under the weather, whether you’re suffering from a common cold or bed bound by flu. It’s these types of illness that often require advice and treatment from a doctor or health professional. There are a variety of different symptoms, and treatments when it comes to respiratory ailments, and usually the last thing you want to do is sit in a doctors waiting room, coughing and feeling generally pretty unwell.

Bronchitis, Influenza and Upper Respiratory Infections

When it comes to bronchitis, upper respiratory infections and influenza, also commonly known as the flu, it’s always a good idea to seek medical advice. In most cases where there is no history of respiratory problems, such as asthma, COPD or lung disease, or other chronic medical diseases like heart disease or diabetes, the treatment prescribed can be as simple as prescribing plenty of rest, fluids, regular paracetamol and/or ibuprofen will help to reduce fevers, body temperature and alleviate aches and pains.

However, if the symptoms are more severe and persistent or there is a history of respiratory diseases or other chronic health illness, it may be that a further remote medical assessment is required. From there the doctor can assess whether a course antibiotics is required to fight the infection, or further prescriptions for existing medication, which with MeeDoc can be prescribed and sent to your local pharmacy for collection.

Common Colds, Sore Throat and Fever

For other illnesses such as the common cold, sore throats and fevers, you can also seek medical advice from a nurse or doctor quickly with MeeDoc. The best treatment for these illnesses is fluids, rest and regular paracetamol. Although, if you have great difficulty swallowing or speaking due to a sore throat, then you should seek medical advice immediately to ascertain if there is any additional infections. As with the above treatment for flu, bronchitis and upper respiratory infections, if you have any existing medical conditions, you should always notify the consulting doctor to ensure you receive the appropriate treatment.

The Symptoms

The symptoms for a common cold usually start with a runny nose, sore throat and you can also develop a cough too. These symptoms can also advance into more serious illnesses such as flu, bronchitis and other respiratory infections that can appear with overall aches and pains, fevers, severe coughing and even problems breathing.