As we get into winter the risk of catching winter flu increases, especially for people commuting around London in tightly packed tube trains and buses. The flu virus is spread in the tiny droplets of infected moisture that people with flu expel through coughs and sneezes. Infection can also be spread by droplets of infected moisture which are left on surfaces such as door knobs and handles.
There is no cure for flu once you have contracted it
There is no out-and-out cure for flu once you have contracted it, but if you have a healthy immune system you should recover somewhere between one and three weeks.
There is of course the flu jab. The NHS offers this free to those who need it; namely the elderly or those with compromised immune systems. This jab is also available to anyone who wants to take it privately. If you live and/or work in London you can have the flu-jab at Broadgate Clinic London Wall.
Medicines and treatments that can help to relieve the symptoms of flu
There are medicines that can be either bought over-the-counter at high street pharmacies or supermarkets, or under certain circumstances you can get antiviral and antibiotic medication from your GP or from a private clinic like Broadgate Clinic London Walk.
Anyone in danger of developing complications such as a chest infection may be prescribed anti-viral medication. This interferes with the reproduction cycle of the flu virus, shortening the duration of the infection by a day or two.
If you’ve already developed a complication, you may be prescribed antibiotic medication.
The over-the-counter medications that can help to relieve flu symptoms include:
- Paracetamol and Ibuprofen. Used to help relieve joint and muscle ache, the pain of sore throat, headaches and sinus pain.
- Decongestants for blocked noses and sinuses
- Throat lozenges
- Preparations such as Beechams Powders, Day Nurse and Night Nurse
Complimentary or alternative preparations
There are also a number of complimentary therapies that can be used to relieve flu symptoms. These include:
- Drinking plenty of liquids including juices containing vitamin C
- Menthol vapours to ease a blocked nose
- Garlic to combat a sore throat
- Zinc lozenges
- Various homeopathic and Chinese herbal medicines
Before taking any complimentary or over-the-counter medications or therapies you should check with your GP to ensure they won’t interfere with any other medications you may be taking.
Take advantage of the walk-in services of Broadgate Clinic London Wall
If you need flu relief medication and you live and/or work in London, you can call in without appointment at the walk-in clinic and in-house pharmacy at Broadgate Clinic London Wall. Our opening hours are:
Monday to Thursday 08:00 to 18:30
Friday 08:00 to 17:30
Should you wish to phone ahead to make a same-day (or later) appointment the number to call is 020 7638 4330.