Managingyour symptoms at home

Most RTIs pass without the need for treatment and you won'tusually need to see your GP. You can treat your symptoms at home by taking over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen , drinking plenty of fluids and resting.

In most cases, antibiotics aren't recommended because they're only effective ifthe infection is caused by bacteria.

The symptoms of an upper RTI usually pass within one to two weeks.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018