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Cold & Flu

RELIEF FROM THE DISCOMFORT OF COLDS AND FLU

What causes colds and flu?

Colds and flu are caused by viruses that infect the upper respiratory tract, including the nose, throat, ears and sinuses. While the peak season for catching a cold is winter, colds and flu aren’t in fact caused by exposure to cold temperatures and wet air. In fact, they can even be caused by your home’s heating which dries out the moist mucosa in your nose. It’s this mucosa that acts as an important defense against invading viruses that cause colds and flu.

What’s the difference between colds and flu?

A cold normally develops gradually and causes a stuffy or runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, cough, mild fever and tiredness. It usually lasts up to about seven days, and you can continue to function.

The flu is caused by the influenza virus and thrives during June to September. There are three major types of flu virus: A, B and C. Flu usually affects the whole body, with symptoms including;

It can last a week or more and takes a lot longer to get over, and you generally can't continue to function.

Popular ways to treat colds and flu

There are no cures for the common cold. And even though you may not feel good, most colds aren't too nasty so you can relieve them at home with pain and fever relievers. Ibuprofen - the active ingredient in Nurofen – can help lower a temperature. Other ways you can relieve colds and flu symptoms include:

  • Using decongestant rubs, vaporisers or inhalers
  • Drinking plenty of fluids including hot drinks, like honey and lemon
  • Keeping warm
  • Resting

Do not use if you have a stomach ulcer.

Always read the label. Use only as directed. Incorrect use could be harmful.
If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

All information presented on these web pages is not meant to diagnose or
prescribe. In all health related matters please contact your doctor.

RELIEVE YOUR SINUSES

Want to know how to clear a blocked nose? Or find rapid relief from the pain and discomfort of sinusitis or sinus headache? Look no further than Nurofen.

FEELING THE HEAT WITH COLD AND FLU?

Nurofen is highly effective for both baby fever and fever in adults. So if you're suffering with body temperature fever, take some heat off with Nurofen.

TRY AND BEAT YOUR BODY ACHES

Don’t let an aching body associated with colds and flu leave you feeling miserable. Fight body aches and pains and lower back pain symptoms with Nurofen.

STOP A RUNNY NOSE IN ITS TRACKS

A runny nose and blocked sinus is both frustrating and embarrassing. For a running nose cure that stops symptoms in their tracks, try Nurofen.