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Viral Illness Advice

On arrival the (specially trained) triage nurse will assess your needs with regard to your medical condition and your emotional state.

There are several categories in which you may be allocated and this may vary for each individual person. Please try to be patient as this is a busy department that sees people with a wide range of illnesses and injuries.

Triage is to help to identify those in need of urgent medical help .However, if you have any questions or concerns regarding your treatment or wait please speak to the triage nurse or nurse in charge.

There is no cure for the common cold.

Antibiotics have no effect on viruses.

If you have had a cold recently, stay in a warm but not over heated room.

Drink plenty of clear liquids.

Gently blow your nose to clear mucus from one nostril at a time, over zealous blowing should be avoided.

Cold and flu remedies can be bought over the counter at the pharmacy, seek advice from the pharmacist.

Gargle with soluble aspirin several times per day for throat discomfort. Do not use soluble aspirin gargles for children.

Try warm tea with lemon and honey, icepops or apple juice. Take small frequent sips if it is painful to swallow.

Throat lozenges may also minimise discomfort.

Use blankets or duvets only to provide comfort, do not over bundle with blankets and avoid over heating.

Most fevers last 2-3 days.

Temperature may rise to 40C or 104F with infection. The normal temperature is 37C (98.6F).

Infant and toddlers often have a temperature of 38C in the evening, which may be normal.

Worsening; failure of fever to respond to home treatment after 72 hours, fever elevated above 40C (104F), convulsions, confusion or inability to maintain hydration; then contact your GP immediately.

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