Antibiotics do not work against viral infections, which cause most acute colds, sore throats or coughs, and can therefore, cause more harm than good. Symptoms can be eased by drinking plenty of water and rest.

Colds can last about two weeks and may result in a cough/phlegm. There are various over the counter remedies to ease these symptoms. Speak to a pharmacist for a advice. If your symptoms last longer than three weeks, or you become breathless, have chest pains, speak to a nurse/doctor.

Antibiotics are used to treat infections caused by bacteria. The bacteria can sometimes become resistant so that the antibiotic no longer works. The more often you use an antibiotic, the more likely the antibiotic won’t work for you. Speak to a pharmacist or visit for more information.