Most common winter ailments, such as sore throats, colds, coughs, sinusitis or painful middle ear infection (earache or otitis media) cannot be treated with antibiotics.
What works instead?
Rest, drink plenty of fluids, take pain relievers, such as paracetamol or ibuprofen, and talk to your pharmacist for advice for getting the relief you need.
How long can I expect to suffer?
- Middle ear infection – 4 days
- Sore throat – 1 week
- Cold – 2 weeks
- Sinusitis – up to 3 weeks
- Cough – around 3 weeks
What should I do now?
Ask your pharmacist what medicines should be in your cabinet to help you and your family through the winter season.