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Is it Cold or Flu?

Many of the symptoms of flu are similar to those of a common cold. Viruses cause them both, but flu affects the lungs much more than a cold does. Generally the symptoms of a cold tend to develop over a couple of days whereas the symptoms of flu have a more abrupt onset, often developing over a matter of hours. Flu doesn't usually give you the same congested heavy-headed feeling that a cold does. Beechams is here however to relieve your symptoms, whether you are suffering from a cold or the flu. 

Use this table below to help spot the differences:

Cold Symptoms:

  • Mild fever, slow onset.
  • High temperature 37–38.3¢ªC /98.6–101¢ªF
  • Sore throat / pain when swallowing.
  • Mild earache.
  • Tiredness.
  • Coughing.
  • Sneezing.
  • Runny or blocked nose.
  • Headache.

Flu Symptoms:

  • Fever, abrupt onset.
  • High temperature 38-40¢ªC / 100-104¢ªF
  • Sweating and feeling feverish.
  • General muscle aches and pains.
  • A feeling of general tiredness.
  • Dry, chesty cough.
  • Sneezing.
  • Runny or blocked nose.
  • Difficulty sleeping.

What can help treat your symptoms?

  • Drink plenty of fluids. Water is best but orange juice and others high in vitamin C are also a good choice.
  • Steam inhalation can ease your congestion. Sit with a towel over your head over a bowl of water. Close your eyes and breathe in deeply.
  • Paracetamol and Ibuprofen-based products can help relieve pain and lower fever.
  • Decongestants such as phenylephrine work by reducing the swelling in the passageways of your nose and help to ease breathing.
  • Cough medicines to relieve dry or chesty coughs.
  • Try to rest and avoid strenuous activity.
  • Night time treatments can also help to relieve your cold and flu symptoms to help you get a good night's sleep.
  • Talk to your pharmacist about the range of over the counter products available to relieve the symptoms of cold and flu.
  • Ask you pharmacist about cold and flu relief this winter.