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Winter cold and flu frequently asked questions

  • How to relieve the symptoms of a cold?

    Some of the most common cold symptoms are a blocked nose, runny nose and a sore throat as well as coughing and headaches.* Here at LloydsPharmacy, we have a range of Benylin® treatments that may help with relieving and soothing your cough and cold symptoms.**

    Sudafed® treatments can be used to help relieve the symptoms of a stuffy or blocked nose. Decongestant sprays and decongestant tablets can aid in relieving these symptoms. 

    If you're experiencing aches and pains, painkillers like paracetamol or ibuprofen may help. However, some of the decongestant Sudafed® capsules such as Sudafed® sinus max strength capsules contain painkiller properties which can help relieve your pain. You can buy cough and cold medicines here at LloydsPharmacy. One of our pharmacists can advise you on the best medicine to help relieve your symptoms.

    Your local pharmacist can help you choose the right treatment for you. Make sure to always read the label before taking any medicinal product. 

    For more information visit the Sudafed® advice page on how to deal with colds and congestion. 

  • How long does a cold last?

    The duration of a cold can vary, but you should begin to feel better in about a week or two.* Please remember to contact your GP if your symptoms don’t improve after three weeks.  

    There are a range of Benylin tablets from Benylin® chesty cough and cold tablets to Benylin® cold and flu max strength capsules. These tablets can help to ease your cold and flu symptoms. When you're experiencing these cold symptoms, we're here to help you. View our range of Benylin®’s treatments here

    Your local pharmacist can help you choose the right treatment for you. Make sure to always read the label before taking any medicinal product. 

    For more information and recommendations to help you feel better soon, visit Benylin®’s tips & advice for cough, cold & flu relief.   

  • What are the causes of a blocked nose?

    A blocked nose can be caused by inflamed blood vessels in the sinuses, which is usually triggered by a cold, flu, allergies or sinus infection.***

    Your local pharmacist can help you choose the right treatment for you. Make sure to always read the label before taking any medicinal product. 

    For more information, visit the Sudafed® blocked nose symptoms and relief page

  • What are the causes of a cough?

    Many coughs can be caused by a cold or flu. However, there are many more causes of a cough such as smoking, heartburn (acid reflux) or allergies. Having an infection such as bronchitis can also give you cough symptoms.

    The Benyin® cough range provides clinically proven relief for cough symptoms and may help you recover.** 

    Your local pharmacist can help you choose the right treatment for you. Make sure to always read the label before taking any medicinal product. 

    If you are experiencing a new continuous cough, this may be a symptom of coronavirus. If you think you have symptoms for covid-19 and for further help and advice on symptoms click here.

  • What is sinusitis?

    Sinusitis is a condition in which the cavities around the nasal passages become inflamed. A cold or having an allergy may trigger acute sinusitis. This may resolve on its own. If you develop chronic sinusitis, it can last for more than twelve weeks or continue to recur.****

    Symptoms of sinusitis can include facial pain, infected nasal discharge and congestion.To find out more about the symptoms of sinusitis and sinus pain, visit our help and advice page hereThe Sudafed® sinus range of treatments can help relieve the symptoms of sinusitis. 

    Your local pharmacist can help you choose the right treatment for you. Make sure to always read the label before taking any medicinal product. 

  • How do decongestants work?

    There are various different decongestant medicines available at LloydsPharmacy. Below are some common active ingredients in decongestants and how they work.

    Pseudoephedrine is one of the active ingredients in some decongestants. This works by narrowing the blood vessels to decrease swelling and congestion. Another ingredient is Phenylephrine. This works by decreasing swelling in the nose and ears, thereby lessening discomfort and making it easier to breathe. Xylometazoline is often used in decongestant nasal sprays and helps to clear a blocked nose and sinuses caused by colds or flu, by contracting swollen blood vessels easing the feeling of stuffiness and congestion.*****

    Your local pharmacist can help you choose the right treatment for you. Make sure to always read the label before taking any medicinal product. 

References 

*NHS common cold conditions 
**Benylin medicines - clinically proven
***NHS sinusitis and sinus infections
****Healthline chronic sinusitis
*****Sudafed advice - how do decongestants work

ALWAYS READ THE LABEL
SUDAFED® Blocked Nose Spray (Xylometazoline).
SUDAFED® Sinus Max Strength Capsules.
BENYLIN® Mucus Cough Max Honey & Lemon Flavour, contains Guaifenesin.
BENYLIN® Chesty Coughs Non-Drowsy.
BENYLIN® Dry & Tickly Cough Syrup.
BENYLIN® Dry Cough 7.5mg/5ml Syrup, contains Dextromethorphan.
BENYLIN® Cold & Flu Max Strength Capsules.
BENYLIN® Children's Chesty Coughs, contains Guaifenesin.
BENYLIN® Children’s Night Coughs.
BENYLIN® Infant’s Cough Syrup, contains Glycerol.
BENYLIN® Children’s Dry Cough & Sore Throat Syrup.