Colds and coughs

The common cold and coughs are very common and every year adults get an average of two to four colds, and two to five coughs per year. They are infections that are caused by viruses and are rarely serious. 

The common cold and coughs can be often be treated without seeing your GP. You should begin to feel better in about a week or two.

Complications of colds can include chest infections, pneumonia or ear infections, but these are very rare. Coughs are usually harmless although they can affect your quality of life as they can be irritating and distressing to yourself and others.  

Visit the NHS Choices website for comprehensive advice and information on to how to treat the common cold and coughs.