For many winter ailments such as coughs, colds and flu-like symptoms, people don’t need to go to A&E or their local GP practice and are better off taking some paracetamol, drinking plenty of fluids and resting.
Cold and flu can be extremely unpleasant, but you should start to feel much better within a week or so, but you may feel tired for much longer.
Many winter ailments can take up to two weeks or more to shake off. You shouldn’t need to see your GP unless they become particularly severe, last far longer than usual or if you have a long-term health condition. However, you could speak to a pharmacist about advice on treatments or if you’re unsure about any of the symptoms