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The flu, or influenza, is a viral infection that causes symptoms similar to the common cold but usually more severe and longer lasting. It is more common in winter and is airborne, spread by particles in coughs and sneezes, as well as being spread by touch, with shared door handles a common means of transmission.
Symptoms of flu may include fever, headaches, bodily aches and pains, fatigue, congestion, chills, sneezing, coughing, sore throat, loss of appetite, nausea and upset stomach . Symptoms generally last for about a week and in fit, healthy people the illness does not usually progress.
Flu can usually be treated safely and effectively at home. Recommendations include drinking plenty of water to maintain hydration, keeping warm and taking medications such as Paracetamol to help ease aches and pains as well as lowering temperature.
Benylin produce several medications for combating the symptoms of cold and influenza whether you need to quell a dry cough or whether you need a chesty cough remedy. 4 Flu Tablets contain diphenhydramine to help coughing, pseudoephedrine for congestion, and Paracetamol. 4 Flu is also available as a liquid and details can be found online at http://www.benylin.co.uk.
Benylin also produce Cold & Flu Max Strength Capsules which contain Paracetamol, phenylephrine to aid breathing, and caffeine.
By paying attention to simple cough facts and taking medications for symptomatic relief, most cases of flu can be treated safely at home.