Cold, Flu & Allergies

Dealing with a cold, flu, or seasonal allergies is already challenging. It becomes even more frustrating when additional symptoms decide to make themselves known. But there's no need to worry. We're here to provide you with all the information you need to effectively manage these bothersome symptoms.

man blowing nose near trees and shrubs


Allergies occur when your immune system reacts to a substance in the environment that is typically harmless. Allergies can develop in children and adults, impacting everyday activities. Some allergies may go away with age, and others can develop over time. While they can be a nuisance, most allergic reactions are mild and manageable.

Read more

Hay fever

Hay fever is a common allergic reaction to pollen from grasses, trees, weeds, and shrubs. Tiny pollen particles meet the lining of the mouth, nose, eyes, and throat causing irritation which activates the allergic reaction.

Read more


Coughing is our body's natural way of clearing out irritants from our airways. From dust and pollen to infections like the common cold, our bodies use coughing as a defence mechanism to keep us healthy. A cough typically clears up on its own within 3 to 4 weeks. While it can be annoying, rest assured that your body is working hard to heal itself.

Read more

Blocked or runny nose

There are lots of reasons why you may have a blocked or runny nose without it being allergies. Although a blocked or runny nose is a very common symptom of both hay fever and colds and flu. Lots of people suffer with a blocked or runny nose, and the cause can be anything from alcohol and spicy food to exercise or hormonal changes. 

Read more

Sore Throat

Sore throats are quite common but usually nothing to be concerned about. In most cases, they go away within a week or so. When you have a sore throat you may experience pain and discomfort. The throat can become red, and scratchy and it could be painful or difficult to swallow, also your voice may become croaky or quiet.

Read more


Sinusitis is swelling of the nasal cavity, it causes stuffy, painful pressure and is common after a cold or flu. Although it can clear up on its own within a few weeks there are medicines which can help relieve your symptoms.

Read more

More from Rowlands Pharmacy

location tag

Find your local pharmacy

We have over 300 pharmacies across the UK, find your nearest one using our pharmacy finder

Find a pharmacy
Phone with HP app

Hey Pharmacist

Keep track and order your NHS repeat prescription through the free Hey Pharmacist app

Find out more
heart with plus sign

In-pharmacy services

We have a wide range of services available, from medication management to vaccinations

Find out more