Ms Baker said: “Pharmacies provide many over the counter products that can help with all-round cough, cold and flu relief.

“For a fever, pharmacists may simply recommend paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin to reduce temperatures and alleviate aches and pains, which can all be symptoms of the common cold.

“As a ‘first line’ therapy for sore throats, paracetamol is shown to provide rapid and effective relief.

“Lozenges, pastilles or even sucking boiled sweets produces saliva which helps to lubricate and soothe the throat. If a person is struggling to swallow, sore throat lozenges and throat sprays are a great option.

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