What do doctors do when they’ve got a cold coming on?

Susannah Hickling

Dr Peter Swinyard, GP in Swindon and chairman of the Family Doctor Association:

Professor Ron Eccles, director of the Common Cold Centre, Cardiff University:

Sultan Dajani, Andoverbased community pharmacist and Royal Pharmaceutical Society spokesperson:

Dr Mehmood Syed, medical director, Bupa Home Healthcare:

“I find over-the-counter products that combine both ibuprofen (which reduces inflammation) and pseudoephedrine, such as Nurofen Cold and Flu, really help my symptoms. Pseudoephedrine works to clear blocked sinuses by reducing blood flow to the nose lining, though people with severe coronary heart disease or very high blood pressure should consult their GP before using it."