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ADVICE is being given by doctors on how to treat colds and the flu without needing to see your GP.

Portsmouth Clinical Commssioning Group, Fareham and Gosport CCG, and South Eastern Hampshire CCG, which buy in health services for the area, have given the information.

Dr Jim Hogan said: ‘There are things we can all do to reduce the risk of feeling ill, and to speed up our recovery should we catch something.

‘It’s always important to look for ways of making your lifestyle healthier, but especially so in winter when the risk of getting ill is higher.

‘Think about your diet and alcohol intake, and try to build more exercise into your routines.’

The CCGs also go on to say:

n Most cold and flu symptoms can be treated at home – antibiotics are not effective against viral illnesses, and may cause side effects.

n Paracetamol, ibuprofen or aspirin can help reduce the symptoms of a cold.

n Sore throats last for an average of eight days.