Our Advice

The common cold is a mild, viral infection affecting adults and children (more frequently). Colds usually develop slowly and symptoms can last up to two weeks and may include blocked or runny nose, scratchy sore throat, headache and cough.

Whilst many of the symptoms of Influenza are the same as colds, they appear quickly, are usually more severe and sometimes life threatening. You may also experience fever, muscle soreness and gastrointestinal symptoms. A bout of flu can leave you feeling very weak for 7 -10 days and may be very dangerous for at risk patients

At Hickey’s you can avail of our Seasonal Flu Vaccination Service without an appointment.

We also have a range of products available that provide symptomatic relief from colds including:

Combination products:

These products combine different ingredients to tackle the common symptoms of Cold and Flu. The type of ingredients in these products may include painkillers like paracetamol or Ibuprofen which are used for pain/fever, decongestants to unblock your nose, and sometimes an antihistamine to stop runny noses. Examples of combination products include Benylin 4 Flu and Nurofen Cold & Flu. The Lemsip range remains popular for those who like to take medication in a hot drink form. Note that Lemsip products contain paracetamol and cannot be taken in combination with many other remedies. Based on your symptoms our staff will select the best product for you.

Products for Sore Throat:

Difflam Spray anti-inflammatory, painkiller and anaesthetic to provide targeted effective relief from a sore throat. Strepsils range - for those requiring a little more relief than normal lozenges the “Intensive” and “Plus” ranges are very effective for treating sore throats.

Coughs:

We carry a wide variety of cough bottles to treat all types of cough.

Prevention:

For those hoping to prevent colds and flu’s, or lesson the severity and duration we carry a wide range of products. Vicks First Defence Nasal Spray - if used at the first sign of symptom it can reduce the chance of a full-blown cold by up to 50 per cent, and can cut the severity of those symptoms by 40 per cent. Kelkin Zinc & Vitamin C containing immune system boosting ingredients. Echinaforce® - Echinacea drops help the body fight the symptoms of colds and flus by supporting the immune system, helping to maintain the body’s resistance.

The range of cold and flu medication is vast. Always read the label and speak to our trained staff to find the best treatments for you.

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