Should I ignore my cough?


Q. I have had a persistent cough for more than three weeks, but I know it is not Covid-19. I don’t want to bother my GP with this, what should I do?

A. If you are over 40 and have a new or different cough that lasts for three weeks or more, contact your GP now.

Likewise, if you are over 40 and have recently tested negative for Covid-19 but your symptoms – including a cough – persist for more than three weeks, you should contact your GP.

While there’s probably nothing to worry about, a faster diagnosis can mean less worry.

A cough can be caused by many different things, such as recent viral illness, medications, acid reflux, and – rarely – cancer.

If cancer is suspected and confirmed, other treatment options are available if caught early.

Cancer treatment has been and will continue to be a priority throughout the pandemic.

If in doubt, contact your GP for help and advice.

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Q. My son has motion sickness. Is there anything I can do to prevent this?

A. I would advise that your son does not eat large meals before traveling.

In the car, if possible, he should sit in the front seat in order to have a clear view of the road.

Don’t let him focus on something nearby, like a tablet or a movie, but have him stare at objects in the distance – playing games like “I Spy” can help.

Make sure the car is well ventilated and stop for short breaks and regular stretching throughout all trips.

If that doesn’t help, you can talk to your pharmacist about the options for purchasing over-the-counter medicine for motion sickness.

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