No magic cure for coughs and colds

ANTIBIOTICS are not the ‘magic cure’ for flu and most coughs, colds and sore throats, which are caused by viruses, according to health experts at NHS Derbyshire.

GPS are reporting a rise in the number of patients with colds and flu-like symptoms expecting to be prescribed antibiotics – but they are only effective against infections, caused by bacteria.

Dr Bruce Laurence, from NHS Derbyshire County, said: “We urge anyone who has a cold, sore throat or cough over the winter to act responsibly by treating their condition appropriately.

“Vulnerable patients in at-risk groups, should ensure they protect themselves against flu by having the jab.”

For those with normal coughs and colds the best medicine is rest, warmth and having plenty to eat and drink. They can also talk to their pharmacist about medications that can ease symptoms.

Regular handwashing can help stop the spread of germs.