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Under the weather - common illnesses

A lot of everyday illnesses like colds, coughs, flu, earache and sore throats don’t need an antibiotic. Learn how to look after yourself and your family when you’re sick or have a high temperature. Find out what treatments are available besides antibiotics.

HSE services and information

Sore throat

Find out the symptoms and causes of a sore throat and how to relieve it.

Cold

Colds can’t be treated with antibiotics. Find out the differences between a cold and the Flu.

Cough

Most coughs don’t need an antibiotic. Find out the symptoms, causes and treatment of coughs.

Flu

Most flu can be treated at home. Antibiotics don’t work on flu. Find out where to get the flu vaccine.

Earache

Find out the symptoms of earache in children. Antibiotics are no good for ear infections caused by viruses.

Diarrhoea and vomiting

Find out how to treat diarrhoea and vomiting in children and adults.

Rash

Find out the symptoms, treatments and causes of rash in children and adults.

Temperature - Fever in children

In children, a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or above is high. Find out what it means and how to treat it.