First Aid Boxes

Colds, Sore Throats, Stomach Acheslogo

Colds

Even in this day and age there is still no magic cure for the common cold. Go to bed, take plenty of drinks.

It is probably best to stay at home to avoid spreading your cold to others. Take it easy and rest if possible. Keep warm, and keep the atmosphere moist. Drink plenty of fluids, as you will lose a lot through mucus production and possibly perspiration.

Avoid smoking if possible, as it will further irritate the throat and the lining of the nose.

Take aspirin or paracetamol as per the dosage.


Sore Throats

However painful, sore throats are usually caused by viruses and often associated with other cold symptoms.  Treatment with paracetamol (or possibly aspirin if an adult) is all that is all that is necessary and most will resolve naturally in three to four days.  Therefore a doctor’s appointment is not necessary.

Occasionally, the cause is tonsillitis when the patient is feverish and generally unwell.  Antibiotics may be necessary as well paracetamol.  Consult your doctor.


Stomach Aches

Most attacks are not serious and are usually caused by indigestion or wind.

A hot water bottle will often relieve the symptoms and, in the case of indigestion, a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in half a glass of water will help.

If the pain lasts longer than eight hours or increases in intensity you should consult your doctor.


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