Learning how to manage everyday illnesses with confidence and common sense is a great life skill. Whether you are dealing with a cold, flu, tummy bug or other minor complaint, you can trust the advice on this website. It comes from doctors and pharmacists in Ireland. Undertheweather.ie was developed by the HSE (Ireland’s Health Service Executive).

Check out our topics:

COLD – Colds are caused by a virus. Find out what will help you to get better and how long it will take.

COUGH – A cough often follows a cold and can last for up to three weeks. Anything longer and you should see your doctor.

EARS – Earaches and ear infections can be painful, but most don’t need an antibiotic – just pain relief and time.

FLU – Often confused with a cold. Learn the difference between a cold and the flu and how to take care of someone with flu.

RASH – Usually caused by an allergy or infection. Here’s when to see the Doctor.

TEMPERATURE – Always a worry, particularly in a baby or young child.Here’s what to do.

THROAT – A sore throat will normally clear up by itself within about a week.

TUMMY – How to get through a bout of vomiting, diarrhoea, or both.



We’ll tell you:

  • how long these illnesses should last
  • what you can do to ease your symptoms
  • how your body can fight off illness with rest, good food and plenty of drinks
  • what advice and products your pharmacist can provide, and
  • when you should see your doctor

Watch this video from Dr. Fidelma Fitzpatrick about how bugs affect us and what works to get us better.

Remember – antibiotics are useless against common illnesses such as colds, flu, earaches, tummy bugs and rashes. This is because these infections are caused by viruses and antibiotics don’t work on viruses.

Using antibiotics when they’re not needed causes harm, wastes money and creates stronger, bugs that don’t respond to antibiotics. If we become infected with these stronger bugs in the future, we may become very ill and antibiotics may not work.

Talk with your doctor or pharmacist if you are worried about yourself or your child, or visit www.hse.ie/antibiotics.

Information at GP Surgeries and Pharmacies

We’ve sent information leaflets, posters and door stickers about this website to GP surgeries and pharmacies nationwide. Here are the pdf versions for you to read or download, and if you would like to order more, you can do that online here.

PDF – HSE UnderTheWeather.ie Information Leaflet

PDF – HSE UnderTheWeather.ie Poster

As you can probably guess, this website can’t ever replace the advice you might get from a health professional. If you are worried about yourself or your child, please call or visit your GP or Pharmacist.

We hope you feel better soon!




Undertheweather.ie was developed by the Health Service Executive (HSE) as part of the Action on Antibiotics programme. The website is supported by the Irish College of General Practitioners and the Irish Pharmacy Union.

You can contact our editorial team to make a comment about this website by sending an email to digital@hse.ie, by calling HSE Communications on Tel 01 635 2620, or by post to Health Service Executive, Under the Weather.ie, Dr. Steevens’ Hospital, Dublin 8.