Cornerstone SurgeryCornerstone Surgery Drs Consiglio & SuttonDrs Consiglio & Sutton
Fingerpost Park Health Centre, Atlas St, St. Helens, WA9 1LN
Tel: 01744 738835 / 01744 647040  |  Fax: 01744 454624
Fingerpost Park Health Centre,
Atlas St, St. Helens, WA9 1LN
Tel: 01744 738835 / 01744 647040
Fax: 01744 454624

Antibiotics

Antibiotics don’t work for most colds, coughs and up to 90% of sore throats. Rather than asking for an antibiotic, ask your local pharmacist about effective treatments to relieve your cold, cough or sore throat. The best way to treat most colds, coughs or sore throats is plenty of fluids and rest

Don’t worry if your symptoms last a week or more - that can be normal. Typical duration of common symptoms:

  • Ear infrection: 4 days
  • Sore throat / tonsillitis: 1 week
  • Common cold: 1½ weeks
  • Sinusitis: 2½ weeks
  • Cough or bronchitis: 3 weeks

The Antibiotic Guardian campaign

Public Health England (PHE) leads the co-ordination of antibiotic awareness activities for England and has created the Antibiotic Guardian campaign to help protect antibiotics and improve knowledge about antibiotic resistance.

For more information visit the Antibiotic Guardian website, or download the Become an antibiotic guardian leaflet (PDF)

Last update 09/11/15