What are cold and flu symptoms? What medications would we need to treat a mild cold? What are the basics of self-care? And what are red flag symptoms you should discuss with your doctor?
As Malta transitions out of the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, many individuals have health concerns which they have been postponing, and there is also a noticeable rise in symptoms related to stress and the lack of exercise that the past months forced upon many of us.
With this in mind, and in order to help reduce the frequency of complications from and control the spread of infectious illness, the Malta College of Family Doctors (MCFD) has published a Self-Care guide for the general public intended to guide them in treating mild illnesses at home, using rest, nutrition and sometimes over-the-counter medicines.
The document explains the symptoms of mild viral illnesses, and why they occur, it outlines the basics of treatment, as well as what commonly-used medicines are safe to use as needed. It also includes a list of ‘red flag’ symptoms to look out for, and who to speak to if they occur.
Available in both Maltese and English, the document is freely accessible online.
The Malta College of Family Doctors (MCFD) is a Voluntary Organisation (VO/0973) that strives to improve the academic and clinical performance of family doctors and the standards of primary health care in our country.