Winter is coming, and there is no doubt that some of us will come down with a nasty bug. The good news is that most of colds and flu are self-limiting and hence you can manage them yourself in the comfort of your own home.
Viruses cause 100% of colds and flu. That means taking antibiotics won’t stop your cold or flu from getting worse. Antibiotics are only helpful if you have bacterial infections. Taking antibiotics unnecessarily can actually be harmful to you as antibiotics can make bacteria more resistant should you really need them in the future.
Here are some of the best strategies to manage cold and flu at the comfort of your own home.
5 best way to manage a cold or flu
- Rest – Your body needs to rest in a comfortable environment to help boost our immune system to fight the viruses that are causing the disease.
- Water– Drink plenty of water. Water will stop your mucous membranes from drying up.
- Pain relief – Take regular paracetamol or non-steroidal (Ibuprofen, Voltaren), to reduce your fever and relieve any pains.
- Decongestants – Over the counter decongestant tablet or spray may help with runny or blocked nose.
- Lozenges & Gargles – Lozenges can soothe a sore throat. Gargling with warm salt water can also help.
Minimising the spread of colds and flu
There are simple things you can do to stop the spread of colds and flu.
- Get your annual flu vaccine.
- Wash your hands frequently.
- Cough and sneeze in to your arms, tissues or handkerchief.
- Stay home if you are sick.
When do I need to see a doctor?
You should see a doctor if you have:
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest pain
- Skin rash
- Severe neck stiffness and light sensitivity
If you need to see a doctor or if you are not too sure, please ask the WeCare Health Same-Day Team via the MangeMyHealth. If you send a message before 3pm, our Same-Day Team will contact you within 1 hour of your message. We will then be able to organise an urgent appointment or just a helpful phone advice, depending on your condition.
I want to stay at home but I need a medical certificate.
Remember a time off work /school is important, especially if you have a cold or flu. It is also a good idea to stay at home to stop the spread of colds and flu. If you require a medical certificate alone and/or simple advice, just message the WeCare Health Same-Day Team via ManageMyHealth. Our clinician will then do a simple virtual consult and generate a certificate for you.