The common cold, although frustrating, is a mild viral infection that usually clears up on its own within a week or two. In most cases there is no need to see your GP, however, your local Pharmacist may be able to advise on over-the-counter medications to help with your symptoms.
The main symptoms of a common cold include:
There is no cure for the common cold, but there are things you can do to self-care at home;
In general, a person is contagious a few days prior to any symptoms occurring until all their symptoms have gone. There are a number of ways you can help stop the cold virus spreading:
You can find more information about coughs and colds and information on your nearest pharmacy at NHS Choices.