BRITISH people are facing the worst cold ever this year – one that feels more intense than those from previous years and is much tougher to shift. Symptoms include a sandpaper throat, relentless fatigue, and a dripping nose.
Dr Philippa Kaye, a GP based in London, explained the prevalence of the super bug hitting the UK. “We are mixing in a way that we haven’t been mixing over the past 18 months,” she said. When the UK’s leisure activities were shut down by a nation-wide lockdown, millions of people were cocooned from viral infections. Now that winter is ahead of us, and indoor social mixing is similar to that of pre-pandemic levels, the viruses are able to run rampant.
People took to social media to detail their experiences of the super bug.
Rebecca London, 24, from Bournemouth said that a usual cold for her would mean “a runny nose, sneezing, a bit of sore throat and feeling a bit rundown”.
But, having caught a cold this autumn, Rebecca said she had experienced “nothing like this”, where she could barely sleep – and numerous lateral flow test confirmed it was not Covid.
One woman was “totally floored” by the illness, while another posted on Facebook: “I’ve had a terrible cold for nearly three weeks, can’t seem to get rid of it.”
For a throat that feels like sandpaper, one of the most effective treatments is to gargle with salt water.
The NHS confirmed that gargling with warm, salty water can “help soothe a sore throat and shorten how long it lasts”.
While this approach is unsuitable for children, other methods – that are suitable for adults and children – include:
You can also help to relieve the pain associated with a sore throat by taking paracetamol or ibuprofen.
Medicated lozenges, containing a local anaesthetic, antiseptic, or anti-inflammatory medicine could be helpful.
For a blocked nose, decongestant sprays or tablets can be useful, but they are not suitable for children under the age of six, and should not be used for longer than five days.
While people might be tempted to try supplements, such as vitamin C, echinacea, or garlic, there’s “little evidence” that these speed up the recovery process.
The Mayo Clinic added that adding a dollop of honey in a hot tea may help with coughs.
Moreover, using a humidifier can help to add. “Brinkwire Summary News”.