20 Dec 2018

Top 10 Cold & Flu Products

A cold or flu are common at this time of year and are caused by viruses. They can be easily picked up as the virus is passed from one person to the next - usually by someone coughing or sneezing near you. Germs can also be spread via hand contact when someone has coughed or sneezed on their hands, and has contact with someone else.

While you have to wait out a cold or flu, there are things that you can take to ease your symptoms and help make you feel better.

Here is our list of Top 10 products to help you are experience a cold or flu.

1. Benylin 4Flu Tablets

The all-rounder. Benylin 4Flu tablets contain a combination of ingredients to provide effective relief from the four main symptoms of flu: fever, nasal congestion, coughing and body aches and pains.

Benylin 4Flu contains three active ingredients. Paracetamol helps bring down fever and provide relief from headaches or body aches and pains. Pseudoephedrine is used to reduce congestion but also prevents the production of excess mucus. Diphenhydramine helps to relieve a cough and a runny nose.

2. Vicks First Defense

Vicks First Defense Nasal Spray is designed to stop a cold in its tracks. It is clinically proven to stop a cold when the first signs are felt. It is a micro-gel that helps fight cold germs before they take hold. Unlike many medicines that only relieve symptoms, Vicks First Defense targets the back of the nose where the virus starts to develop, and it helps your body naturally remove the cold virus before it develops into a full common cold.

3. Exputex (for chesty coughs)

Exputex is a sugar-free cough medicine that helps break down thick mucus and alleviates your chesty cough. It also helps remove phlegm from your throat and chest.

4. Benylin Non-Drowsy Dry Cough Syrup (for dry coughs)

Benylin Non-Drowsy Dry Cough works by suppressing the coughing mechanism that causes a dry cough. It is a non-drowsy formula which means you can get on with your day.

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5. Difflam Spray

Difflam spray is used to treat sore throats. It contains Benzydamine and it works by stopping the production of various chemicals in the body that causes inflammation. Difflam reduces inflammation and pain in the area that it is applied to. It also acts as a mild local anesthetic, offering pain relief at the site of application.

6. Otrivine Nasal Spray

Otrivine Nasal Spray is an effective decongestant which clears a blocked nose within minutes and relieves excessive nasal secretions for up to 10 hours. It contains Xylometazoline which helps open up and clear nasal passages by reducing nasal mucus and returning swollen blood vessels to their normal size.

7. Sona Revital C

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and helps boost the immune system. Whilst helping to prevent the cold and flu. It may also help reduce the duration of cold and flu symptoms, we recommend Sona Revital C, it is an effervescent formula.

8. Echinaforce

Echinaforce is a licensed traditional herbal remedy for colds and flu. It helps the body fight the symptoms of these infections by supporting the immune system, helping to maintains the body’s resistance.

9. Udos Choice Super 8’s

Probiotics help boost the body’s immune system. Udo’s Choice Super 8’s contain two key probiotic strains to help fight cold and flu - Lactobacillus Rhamnosus and Lactobacillus Plantarum which have been shown in studies to reduce the risk of getting upper respiratory tract infections including colds and flus. Also, in those who do get sick, these probiotics can reduce the severity and duration of the illness.

10. Sona Zinc 25mg

Taking zinc at the first signs of cold and flu can help you get over the cold sooner. Zinc also may possibly destroy the virus itself and has been shown to block the replication of rhinovirus. It also has been suggested that zinc can reduce inflammation in the respiratory tract which may help reduce the symptoms of cold and flu such as a runny nose and sore throat. Zinc also supports the immune system and keeps it strong. Our Pharmacist recommends Sona Zinc, available in capsules or chewables.

Don’t hesitate to visit your local Hickey’s Pharmacist and seek advice for your symptoms from one our trained team members.

Always read the label before taking any medication.

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