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Winter Ailments

Cold and flu

 

Understanding cold and flu
  • Learning Objectives
  • Recognise the difference between the common cold and influenza (flu)
  • Identify the different symptoms of cold and flu and their causes
  • Understand how cold and flu affect quality of life
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Managing cold and flu
  • Learning Objectives
  • Understand the differences between over-the-counter (OTC) cold and flu treatments
  • Identify the most appropriate OTC medicines to recommend to customers with symptoms of cold and flu
  • Understand how different OTC medicines can alleviate symptoms of cold and flu
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Helping patients with cold and flu
  • Learning Objectives
  • To know how to support customers hoping to self-treat cold and flu symptoms with OTC products
  • To provide patients with advice on treating cold and flu symptoms
  • To recognise the signs and symptoms that require referral
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Sore Throat

 

Understanding sore throat
  • Learning Objectives
  • Understand patient symptoms and primary concerns
  • Identify common causes of sore throat
  • Understand antibiotics and why they are ineffective for viral infections
  • Recognise sore throat symptoms
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Managing sore throat
  • Learning Objectives
  • Knowledge of the UK guidelines for first-line throat pain relief
  • The role of active ingredients for OTC analgesics and pain relievers
  • The importance of formulation and patient preferences
  • Identification of red-flag symptoms requiring GP referral
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Helping patients with sore throat
  • Learning Objectives
  • Providing reassurance for the duration and course of sore throat, including addressing primary concerns
  • How to manage symptomatic relief optimally
  • What symptoms require further help
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