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RTI Pictorial Leaflet
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- Help yourself to feel better
- Check how long your symptoms last
- Consider if you have COVID-19
- Look out for serious symptoms
- Where to get help
1. Help yourself to feel better
Whatever your infection, you can do the following to help.
Take paracetamol to help pain; always follow the instructions
Ask your pharmacist for advice on reducing your symptoms
Get plenty of rest until you feel better
Drink enough fluids to avoid feeling thirsty
Use tissues when you sneeze to help stop infections spreading
Wash your hands regularly and after using tissues to sneeze
For more information, visit the NHS website.
Most common infections get better without antibiotics. Find out how you can make better use of antibiotics by visiting the Managing Your Common Infection self-care leaflet.
2. Check how long your symptoms last
Most get better by 8 days.
Most get better by 7-8 days.
Most get better by 14 days.
Most get better by 21 days (may differ for a COVID-19 cough).
If you are not starting to improve a little by the times given above, seek advice from your GP practice.
If you are feeling a lot worse, phone NHS 111, NHS Direct Wales or NHS 24 (see step 6).
3. Consider if you have COVID-19
4. Look out for serious symptoms
Very cold skin
Feeling a lot worse
If you have COVID-19 and start to feel worse, including showing the signs above, seek immediate medical help from NHS 111 (call 111 or visit NHS 111 online).
5. Where to get help
About this leaflet
TARGET is operated by the UK Health Security Agency. Developed in collaboration with professional medical bodies.
Published: October 2018
Review: November 2020