Woodsides Pharmacy have shared information about how to survive the common cold. Colds certainly are common at the moment and we know lots of people who have been struck down by the flu. The flu is much more than just a ‘bad cold’ and if you think that you are suffering from the flu then you are likely to be off your feet for a few days. Normally fit and healthy people will be able to cope with the flu on their own without visiting their GP. For more information please click here.

Here is some quick advice to help you stay happy and healthy this winter:

Preventing the spread of the flu virus

To help stop the spread of the flu virus you should always:

  • carry tissues
  • use tissues to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • dispose of the dirty tissues quickly
  • wash your hands regularly

Would you like to know a bit more about the dangers of the flu – click here for the full leaflet.

Did you know that the pharmacist can help with many common problems, rather than booking an appointment with your doctor?

Ni Direct have share the following advice for when a Pharmacist can help you – because sometimes honey and lemon and hot water just won’t be enough.

Flu v's Cold - Woodsides Pharmacy Ballymena

Your pharmacist may be able to help you with:

  • coughs, colds, eye conditions, stomach upsets, skin conditions, allergies, aches and pains
  • common drugs, vitamins and minor first-aid
  • healthy eating and living, including giving up smoking
  • blood pressure and diabetes monitoring and needle exchange, truss fittings, stoma products and incontinence supplies
  • women’s health, including treatment for thrush, emergency contraception and pregnancy testing
  • children’s health, including nappy rash, teething, coughs and colds, threadworms, head lice, warts, verruca
  • all prescribed and over-the-counter medicines

Your pharmacist may not routinely be able to help with:

  • stitching or wound and dressing care
  • severe lacerations, cuts, severe sprains, strains and fractures
  • infected wounds and foreign bodies
  • head injuries or loss of consciousness
  • suspected broken bones or heavy blood loss
  • persistent chest pain or difficulty breathing
  • drug overdose, swallowing foreign bodies or poisoning

Read more at NI Direct.

Woodsides Pharmacy is located in the centre of Ballymena on Church Street. This makes it a good choice as it is handy when you are in town running errands. It is one of the longest established businesses in Ballymena and we are sure that they can give you all the help and advice you may need in this winter season. Don’t suffer in silence, but don’t rush straight to your doctor – consider calling in with Woodsides Pharmacy in Ballymena first.