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Here are winter cold and flu essentials you need:

Make sure your winter medicine cabinets has the essentials to fight colds and flu.

Colds and flu are more common in winter as people are indoors more, allowing viruses to pass easily from one person to another.

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Cold air also plays a role in weakening the body’s resistance.

A cabinet ‘stock take’ can help you determine which essentials you need to buy.

Check your winter medicine cabinet for the following:

• Decongestants help combat nasal congestion, which can make breathing difficult and affect sleep and daily activities.

• Pain and fever relievers for headaches, muscle aches and fever associated with colds and flu.

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• Cough suppressants stop disruptive coughs from keeping you awake at night or affecting productivity.

Suppressants help to quiet persistent coughs, while expectorants help to loosen mucus. If a cough persists, you will need to see a doctor.

• Lozenges help with painful sore throats.

• Sterilising agents are good to have and use in the house to keep the germs away.



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