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COUGH COLD

Coughing and spluttering? Being kept awake at night with a chest cough?  Dry cough hurting your throat? Every year we see people in the pharmacy with the latest strains of coughs and colds.  We stock all the supplies you need to help soothe your cold and ease your sore throat, and get you back to normal again.  We will pop your purchase in a courier bag and have it delivered to your door, so you don't even need to leave the house.   What causes a cold?  |  Symptoms  |  When to see a doctor  |  Supporting the body during coughs and colds  |  Treatment  |  Prevention

Prices are Inclusive of GST (sales Tax).

Page updated 06/04/18 12:47:36 p.m.
Dimetapp 12hr Nasal Spray 20ml
Dimetapp 12hr Nasal Spray 20ml
SKU 2110555
$17.99 NZD
Dimetapp 12 Hour Nasal Spray provides fast acting relief for up to 12 hours. It is non-drowsy and relieves: nasal congestion due to colds, sinusitis, hay fever, other respiratory allergies.
MUCINEX DM MAXIMUM STRENGTH 1200MG 14s
MUCINEX DM MAXIMUM STRENGTH 1200MG 14s
SKU 2431505
$29.99 NZD
Help to fight your worst chest congestion and cough with Mucinex DM Maximum Strength 1200mg. Its maximum strength and extended release bi-layer formulation may help to provide 12 hours of relief and assist in controlling symptoms all day and night.
SILENCE ANTI SNORING SPRAY 50ML
SILENCE ANTI SNORING SPRAY 50ML
SKU 2302896
$35.99 NZD
Average rating:
An all natural spray that coats the throat and mouth with a thin film to help prevent the tissues from vibrating, thus reducing the noise of snoring. Easy to use, and lasts throughout the night.
NEILMED SINUS RINSE 30 PREMIXED SACHETS
NEILMED SINUS RINSE 30 PREMIXED SACHETS
SKU 2389991
$29.50 NZD
Neilmed Sinus Rinse 30 Premixed Sachets
Otrivin Plus Nasal Spray 10ml
Otrivin Plus Nasal Spray 10ml
SKU 2383535
$16.99 NZD
Combines a decongestant with an anticholinergic agent to provide fast and effective relief from blocked and runny nose associated with the common cold and hayfever allergy.
SUDAFED PE SINUS DAY AND NIGHT 48
SUDAFED PE SINUS DAY AND NIGHT 48
SKU 2223791
$29.50 NZD
Sudafed PE Phenylephrine Nasal Decongestant provides relief when you have a blocked nose and sinus congestion associated with cold, flu, sinusitis, allergies and hay fever.
Difflam Forte Throat Spray 15ml
Difflam Forte Throat Spray 15ml
SKU 2201984
$27.50 NZD
Average rating:
Difflam Forte Anti inflammatory Throat Spray for Fast relief of painful throat and mouth conditions including sore throat, tonsillitis, mouth ulcers, pain post mouth, throat surgery or periodontal procedures, redness, swelling and inflammatory conditions, radiation mucositis.
DIFFLAM PLUS ANAESTHETIC BERRY 16 LOZENGES
DIFFLAM PLUS ANAESTHETIC BERRY 16 LOZENGES
SKU 2477084
$15.99 NZD
  • Anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial
  • Provides fast and effective relief from pain associated with sore throat, tonsillitis, pharyngitis, and mouth ulcers
  • Sugar free
FESS NASAL SPRAY 30ML
FESS NASAL SPRAY 30ML
SKU 2250969
$15.50 NZD
Fess Nasal Spray is a non-medicated saline solution that helps keep nasal passages moist. It relieves mild to moderate nasal congestion associated with cold, flu, hay fever, sinusitis and rhinitis. It also cleans and washes away dust, pollen and other allergens that can cause hay fever.
CLINICIANS PROSPAN BRONCHIAL SYRUP 100ML
CLINICIANS PROSPAN BRONCHIAL SYRUP 100ML
SKU 501642
$20.99 NZD
Soothe your throat and help clear your airways by taking Clinicians Prospan Bronchial Syrup. It's powerful herbal formula is made from dried ivy leaf to help thin the mucus and moisten dry irritated membranes of the airways.
DIMETAPP PE SINUS DAY NIGHT 24
DIMETAPP PE SINUS DAY NIGHT 24
SKU 2397064
$17.99 NZD
To get full coverage relief both for daytime and night time, take Dimetapp PE sinus Day Night Tablet. Day tablet is a non-drowse formula to give instant relief from symptoms of sinus congestion, painful blocked nose; while the night tablet is formulated with added antihistamine to get relief from itchy watery eyes and sneezing for a good night's sleep.
DIFFLAM SPRAY 30ML
DIFFLAM SPRAY 30ML
SKU 542083
$23.99 NZD
Difflam Anti Inflammatory Throat Spray, painful throat and mouth conditions including sore throat, tonsillitis, mouth ulcers
KIWIHERB CHEST SYR CHILD 100ML
KIWIHERB CHEST SYR CHILD 100ML
SKU 2351714
$25.99 NZD
An infant and children's formula, delicious in taste and infused with Manuka Honey, known to support immune response.
KIWIHERB CHILDRENS THROAT SYRUP 100ML
KIWIHERB CHILDRENS THROAT SYRUP 100ML
SKU 2460114
$24.50 NZD
Contains certified organic echinacea and thyme, specially formulated for children 0-12 years old to help manage upper respiratory tract infection.
Your Price!KIWIHERB DE STUFF KIDS 100ML
KIWIHERB DE STUFF KIDS 100ML
SKU 2258196
$43.99 NZD$39.59 NZD
A unique formulation specially made with certified organic ingredients with known properties to support the health and upper respiratory tract of little children.
MUCINEX EXPECTORANT 12 HR TABLETS 10s
MUCINEX EXPECTORANT 12 HR TABLETS 10s
SKU 2379333
$20.50 NZD
When used as directed Mucinex is effective in helping to relieve chest congestion so you can Coughmore productively. As seen on TV
Your Price!KIWIHERB DE STUFF FOR KIDS 50ML
KIWIHERB DE STUFF FOR KIDS 50ML
SKU 2258188
$28.99 NZD$26.09 NZD
Average rating:
For natural relief from colds and allergies, you may try using Kiwiherb De Stuff for Kids. It is specially formulated using only certified organic herbs of Elderflower and Ribwort, which may help to soothe and clear your nose, ears and sinuses associated with colds and allergies.
Your Price!KIWI HERB DE STUFF 50ML
KIWI HERB DE STUFF 50ML
SKU 2258153
$30.50 NZD$27.45 NZD
Kiwi Herb De Stuff 50ml
Thompson's Immunofort Tablets 60
Thompson's Immunofort Tablets 60
SKU 2020300
$39.99 NZD
An all-in-one supplement that uniquely combines Chinese and Western herbs, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and special nutrients to help assist the immune system.
KIWIHERB CHILDRENS THROAT SYRUP 100ML
KIWIHERB CHILDRENS THROAT SYRUP 100ML
SKU 2460122
$39.50 NZD
Contains certified organic echinacea and thyme, specially formulated for children 0-12 years old to help manage upper respiratory tract infection.
KIWIHERB HERBAL INSECT REPELLENT 50ML
KIWIHERB HERBAL INSECT REPELLENT 50ML
SKU 2243040
$18.99 NZD
An all natural, non-toxic and non-greasy insect repellent that is suitable for use by the whole family, including babies and children.
KIWIHERB DE STUFF RUB 28G
KIWIHERB DE STUFF RUB 28G
SKU 2493284
$16.99 NZD
A soothing, aromatic rub that combines a certified organic blend of six essential oils with a moisturising base of cold pressed Coconut Oil, Olive Oil and NZ Beeswax.
KIWIHERB HERBAL CHEST SYRUP 100ML
KIWIHERB HERBAL CHEST SYRUP 100ML
SKU 2067501
$23.50 NZD
Great tasting herbal preparation traditionally used to support respiratory tract health and help relieve cough.
KIWIHERB KIDS CALM 50ML
KIWIHERB KIDS CALM 50ML
SKU 2134497
$24.50 NZD
Kiwiherb Kids Calm naturally promotes calmness and tranquility in children. Made of organic, natural ingredients it contains certified organic Chamomile, a herb used for centuries that is an effective treatment for upset stomach.
KIWIHERB GINGER AND KAWAKAWA WITH MANUKA HONEY TONIC 100ML
KIWIHERB GINGER AND KAWAKAWA WITH MANUKA HONEY TONIC 100ML
SKU 1407163
$29.50 NZD
Kiwiherb Ginger And Kawakawa With Manuka Honey Tonic 100ml
KIWIHERB CHILDRENS ECHINATURE 50ML
KIWIHERB CHILDRENS ECHINATURE 50ML
SKU 2113945
$26.99 NZD
Made from organic echinacea root in a base of organic apple juice to help boost children's immune system.
KIWIHERB DERMACARE CREAM 50GM
KIWIHERB DERMACARE CREAM 50GM
SKU 2465515
$31.99 NZD
Potent herbal formula specially made to help with eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.
Your Price!KIWIHERB DE STUFF SINUS 100ML
KIWIHERB DE STUFF SINUS 100ML
SKU 2258161
$46.50 NZD$41.85 NZD
KIWIHERB HERBAL THROAT SPRAY 30ML ORAL LIQUID
KIWIHERB HERBAL THROAT SPRAY 30ML ORAL LIQUID
SKU 2247933
$22.99 NZD
An all natural herbal throat spray made with carefully grown and selected NZ herbs formulated to aid in throat and mouth care.
KIWIHERB ECHINATURE HIGH POTENCY ECHINACEA ROOT EXTRACT WITH MANUKA HONEY
KIWIHERB ECHINATURE HIGH POTENCY ECHINACEA ROOT EXTRACT WITH MANUKA HONEY
SKU 2233762
$26.99 NZD
  • Supports the immune system .
  • Helps with respiratory infections .
  • Free from artificial flavours, sweeteners, preservatives and colours

What causes a cold?

There are three main causes of the common cold, and these are all in the form of viruses. When a person gets exposed to any of these three common cold viruses and the immune system is not at its best, the body can catch the bug.

Rhinovirus - mostly active during early autumn, spring and summer, it causes 10 to 40% of colds.  This nasty virus can make you feel miserable but it rarely makes you seriously ill.*

Coronavirus - it gets active during winter and early spring. It has more than 30 kinds but only 3 or 4 of these cause about 20% of colds in people. *

RSV and parainfluenza - It causes 20% of colds and are usually the more dangerous especially in young children.  This virus can sometimes lead to severe infections like pneumonia if not caught and treated in its early stages.*

*Source: WebMD

Symptoms of a common cold

When a person catches any type of cold virus, symptoms will not occur until after 1 to 4 days.  Symptoms usually start with a burning feeling in the nose or throat, then sneezing and a runny nose.  Tiredness and a general feeling of malaise are usually present.  During the first few days, nasal secretions can be prolific and quite watery, and they can then become thicker and darker.  A cold can also be accompanied by a mild cough.

While symptoms usually do not get any worse, they can last up to 2 weeks.  Darkening of the mucous does not necessary translate to a bacterial infection, however, if this is accompanied with coughing up of dark mucous and feeling a lot of distress in the lung areas, it may signal a bacterial infection.  Common colds are not accompanied with fever; in fact, if fever is present along with more severe symptoms, it can indicate flu.

When to see a doctor

It is recommended to see a doctor if:
  • You notice an inability to swallow.
  • You have a sore throat for more than 2 or 3 days, particularly if it seems to be worsening.
  • You have an earache.
  • You have a stiff neck or sensitivity to bright lights.
  • You're pregnant or nursing.
  • Your newborn or infant has cold symptoms.
  • Your throat hurts and your temperature is 38ÝC or higher.
  • Your cold symptoms worsen after the third day. You may have a bacterial infection.

Supporting the body during coughs and colds

Drink plenty of fluids - drinking plenty of water and other forms of fluids can help break up congestion, keep the throat moist and rehydrate the body.   Drink 8 - 10 glasses of mixed forms of fluids.  This may include water, sports drink, herbal teas, fruit drink and ginger ale.

Steam inhalation - this will help loosen up a stuffy nose.  Do this by boiling water in a pot and put your head over it, then breathe in the steam slowly. Be careful not to let the heat burn your nose.  It may also help to put a humidifier inside your room or take some moisture from a hot shower with the door closed.

Clear up your nose - by blowing out the mucous it will help clear up your sinus congestion. However, make sure to do it the right way. Do not blow hard as this will send germ-carrying phlegm back to your ear passages, which can then lead to earache. The best way to blow your nose is to press a finger over one nostril while blowing your nose gently.  

Saline spray or salt water rinse - using these is a great way to help break up the congestion in your nose. You can either buy the commercially prepared saline spray or you can make your own.  

Get plenty of rest and stay warm - rest and warmth can help your body direct its energy to fighting off the illness. This is especially true when you notice the first signs of a cold.

Gargle with a warm salt water solution - aside from drinking plenty of liquids, gargling with a solution made with half a teaspoon of salt dissolved in a cup of warm water will help soothe your sore or scratchy throat. Do this four times a day to keep your throat and mouth moist.  To help calm a ticklish throat, you can use herbal tea instead of water in the solution, or add honey.

Drink hot liquids - this will help relieve congestion and soothe the inflamed nose and throat linings.  

Using mentholated salve - helps open up breathing passages. Simply dab a small amount under your nose. Choose preparations that contain menthol, eucalyptus, and camphor since these all have mild numbing ingredients that will help relieve nose pain.

Put an extra pillow under your head - do this especially at night when you sleep. This will help drain congested nasal passages to help you sleep better.

What are the treatment options?

Decongestants, pain relievers and antihistamines are used to help relieve symptoms of coughs and colds.  These can come in the form of oral medicine, nasal and throat sprays, and rubs and salves.

How to prevent getting colds

Most cold causing viruses are airborne. When a person is exposed to someone who sneezes or coughs, they can get the virus and develop the cold. Rhinovirus can be spread by touching contaminated surfaces. A person gets the virus by touching contaminated surfaces and then touching their eyes or nose where mucous is present. The virus then travels inside the body where it multiplies and cause symptoms.

The best way to help slow the spread of the virus  is by frequent hand washing.  It is also best to boost your immune system so that even if you encounter people who have colds, your body has the best support to help prevent you picking up the virus.

Page updated 06/04/18 12:47:36 p.m.
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