• What to look out for

    Coughing occurs in one in three people suffering with a cold and generally you will feel unwell.

    The first symptom of a cold is usually a sore throat. This is followed by symptoms that include a blocked and sore nose, sneezing, a runny nose which is normally clear and runny at the start before becoming thicker and darker over the course of the infection.

    When you have a cough with your cold it may last for up to three weeks even though the cold itself may only last a week or less.  With a cold you will usually feel worse during the first two to three days before gradually starting to improve. The symptoms in adults and older children usually last for about a week.

  • What can you do

    Most colds can be treated at home.  Drink plenty of fluids, get lots of rest and eat healthily. Resume normal activities when you feel well enough.  Eat well, a low fat, high fibre diet is recommended, including plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.

    Talk to your pharmacist about over the counter remedies that might help, like paracetamol or ibuprofen for pain and fever, and other medicines to help with blocked noses or a cough.

    If your cough is chesty, or tickly, please visit our main section on Coughs here.



  • When to seek help

    Do not take antibiotics for a cold as they will not help and may do damage. Colds are caused by viruses and antibiotics cannot treat viruses.

    Usually you do not need to see the doctor and for more information on colds visit the HSE website by clicking here.

    As you can probably guess, this website can’t ever replace the advice you might get from a health professional. While we aim to give you the best advice we can, if you are at all worried about yourself or your child, please call or visit your GP or your Pharmacist. 

    We hope you feel better soon!