Coughs and common cold symptoms

If you have a cough or cold symptoms, speaking to a pharmacist is often the best place to start.

NHS pharmacies

A pharmacist can help if you have a cough or common cold symptoms by advising you on the best medicines.

All pharmacists train for 5 years in the use of medicines. They are also trained in managing minor illnesses and providing health and wellbeing advice.

Most pharmacies have a private consultation room where you can discuss issues with pharmacy staff without being overheard.

Further information about treating coughs and common colds is available on the NHS website.

Find more about the symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).

NHS pharmacies can help with:

  • a blocked or runny nose
  • a sore throat
  • headaches
  • muscle aches
  • coughs
  • sneezing
  • a raised temperature
  • pressure in your ears and face
  • loss of taste and smell

Date published: 18th December, 2023
Date last updated: 19th December, 2023