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Viral infections

  • Cough

    A cough will usually go away within 3 weeks on its own. Most coughs are caused by the common cold. Find out about the symptoms and causes of a cough and how to treat them

  • Earache

    Find out the main symptoms and treatment of earache in babies and young children. Do not take antibiotics for an ear infection unless your GP prescribes them. Ear infections are generally caused by viruses and antibiotics cannot treat viruses.

  • Common cold

    Colds are caused by viruses. Antibiotics cannot treat viruses. Learn the differences between a cold and the flu. Find out the symptoms, causes and treatment for a cold. Find out what you can do to help prevent catching a cold.

  • High temperature

    Learn the signs and symptoms of a high temperature and fever in a child and an adult. A normal temperature is between 36 and 36.8 degrees Celsius. Find out what you can do if your child has a high temperature.

  • Sore throat

    Learn about the symptoms, causes and treatment of sore throats. Most sore throats are caused by a virus so antibiotics won't help. Find out what you can take to make you feel better.

  • Flu

    Most flu can be treated at home. Find out how you can treat flu without seeing your GP and things you can do to get better quicker. Antibiotics do not work on flu.