Antibiotic resistance has been identified as one of the biggest threats to global health by the World Health Organization. It is a major problem for everyone around the world and in Australia. The misuse and inappropriate demand for antibiotics to treat viral infections like coughs and colds are major contributors to this growing threat.
During this winter months, we at Andrew Place pharmacy would like to encourage you, our customers to come into the pharmacy and ask for advice and guidance on becoming a resistance fighter. Come in and chat with our friendly pharmacist and pick up a brochure for practical advice to help you relieve the symptoms of colds, coughs and flu without antibiotics. We will also provide you with a customised management plan so that you can self-manage your colds and flu symptoms.
Simple steps to relieve the colds and flu symptoms
- Rest may help your immune system to fight the virus
- Drink something soothing
- Avoid exposure to cigarette smoke
How to relieve blocked sinuses, clear mucus or dry a runny nose
- Use salt water (saline) sprays or drops can help clear mucus
- Inhale steam from a running shower or using a steam vaporiser in the house
- Decongestant tablets, mixtures, sprays or drops help some adults relieve blocked sinuses (ask our pharmacist if these medicines is appropriate for your condition)
- Use an ointment to soothe dry or chapped skin around your nose
How to relieve a sore throat or cough
- Gargle warm salty water
- Suck on ice or a throat lozenge
- Common pain relief medicines like paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin can ease the pain of a sore throat. Aspirin is not suitable for children and some adults.