COLD, FLU AND RTIs

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Cold, Flu and RTIs

Viruses such as colds and flu are among the most common respiratory tract infections (RTIs) in the UK. They affect virtually everyone at some point and are certainly not a pleasant experience.

 

While most RTIs will usually go away by themselves, if your symptoms persist, our GPs will be able to diagnose whether this could be a sign of a more serious problem and give you the help and treatment advice you need to get better.

 

Flu
One of the most common viruses in the UK. Like a cold, but worse.
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Chest Infection
Often occurs after a cold or the flu and can make it hard to breathe.
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Sinusitis
Swelling that can cause pain in your forehead, nose and cheeks.
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Tonsillitis
An uncomfortable sore throat caused by swollen tonsils.
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Viral Infection
Contagious illnesses usually passed around by coughs and sneezes.
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Respiratory Tract Infection (RTI)
Can cause problems in your nose, sinuses, throat and lungs.
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Cold
The common cold. Most of us will get it at least once a year.
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Sore Throat
A viral or bacterial infection is usually to blame.
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Chest Pain
Can be caused by anything from muscle problems to mental anxiety.
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Cough
Don't ignore persistent coughs, trouble breathing or coughing up blood.
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Bronchitis
A viral infection that causes the lining of your lungs to swell.
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Heart Palpitations
Any irregular heartbeat, whether it lasts a few seconds or several minutes.
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Glandular Fever
A common viral infection that can cause swelling around your neck.
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While many RTIs will disappear on their own within a few days and can be managed with painkillers and plenty of fluids, if you’re at all concerned by your symptoms, don’t hesitate to book an appointment with one of our GPs.

We’re available from 7am until 10pm every day, and our average waiting time is just six minutes. Alternatively, you can book a timeslot that fits around your schedule.

During your consultation, you’ll be asked to outline your symptoms in order for our GPs to provide an accurate diagnosis. If your RTI is more serious, they can prescribe the medication you need to get better. You’ll be able to collect this medicine from a pharmacy of your choice.

If your symptoms suggest you need to see a specialist for further advice, our GPs are able to write you a fast referral letter that will mean you won’t wait weeks for the care you need.