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Feeling Under the Weather


Health Service Executive (HSE), Irish college of General Practitioners, & the Irish Pharmacy Union

Subject Keywords: Common illness, Rash, Temperature, Cold, Cough, Flu
Topic: Chronic Conditions
Chronic Conditions
Catalogue: Organisations
Type: Contact/Organisation
Region: Republic of Ireland


Learning how to manage common illnesses with confidence and common sense is a great life skill.  It’s something that we learn from our parents, from visiting our doctors, and from our own experience. It’s also something that lots of people are now learning from the internet.

We all need good, sound advice to develop the confidence and skill to take care of ourselves and our families, and this website aims to give you that advice.

We want to help you to know how to deal with common illnesses like colds, flu, earaches, tummy bugs and more. And, we want to make sure that the advice you get online is from trusted sources of good quality and correct health information. was developed using health information and advice from the HSE and the experience of GPs and Pharmacists from around Ireland.

Check out our topics:

COLD - Colds are caused by a virus, find what will help you to get better and how long it will take

COUGH - A cough often follows a cold and can last for up to three weeks

EARS - Earaches and infections can be painful, but most don’t need an antibiotic, just pain relief and time

FLU - Often confused with a cold, learn how to recognise it and take care of someone with flu

RASH - A rash can be due to an allergic reaction or an infection, here’s how to decide what to do

TEMPERATURE  – Always a concern, particularly for parents of younger children and infants, here’s what to do

THROAT - A sore throat will normally clear up by itself within about a week

TUMMY - How to get through a bout of vomiting, or diarrhoea, or sadly, both.. was developed by the HSE as part of the Action on Antibiotics programme. It is supported by the Irish College of General Practitioners and the Irish Pharmacy Union.





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Suggested citation:

Health Service Executive (HSE), Irish college of General Practitioners, & the Irish Pharmacy Union. (2015) Feeling Under the Weather [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 22nd February 2019].


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