Keeping Well in the Winter
Coughs and colds tend to become more prevalent in the upcoming winter months.
Some of these illnesses may be due to an underlying serious cause, which would prompt you to see a doctor. Please see the treatment centre webpage for more information on this.
However, most coughs and colds are due to self-limiting viral infections, for which antibiotics are not necessary, and self-care measures are usually sufficient.
This leaflet produced by Public Health England has information on how to care for yourself during your infection. It has helpful self-management advice and also guidance on when you may need to seek help from a health professional if your infection does not seem to be improving.
Hay fever is usually worse between late March and September, especially when it is warm, humid and windy. This is when the pollen count is at its highest.