Watching brief: Managing flu symptoms


The regular consumption of a live bacteria supplement with multiple strains can help support the body’s natural immunity and prevent initial infection, says Probiotics International. Bio-Kult, the company says, “is a scientifcally developed, advanced multi-strain formulation containing 14 live bacterial cultures, proven to survive the high acidity of the stomach”.
(Tel: 01460 243230)


Unicough, a pharmacy-only cough medicine available in one variant, provides effective relief from dry, tickly and chesty coughs, says Infrst Healthcare. By dampening down the hypersensitivity of the body’s natural cough reflex using three active ingredients in a thick cocoa demulcent syrup, the symptoms of all common coughs can be reduced, says the company.
(Tel: 0207 153 660)


Jakemans has introduced a stick pack for its cherry menthol flavour alongside those for its throat & chest and honey & lemon flavours. A TV ad campaign will be supporting the range across the winter period from November until mid-January. The traditional 100g bags are available in throat & chest, honey & lemon, cherry, peppermint, menthol & eucalyptus, blackcurrant and blueberry flavours.
(Tel: 01452 507458)


Our natural respiratory products contain essential oils such as eucalyptus, cypress and niaouli, says Puressentiel. Hypertonic Nasal Spray has been formulated to clean and quickly decongest, the company explains, Respiratory Balm to calm coughs and soothe the respiratory tract, Respiratory Air Spray to boost the immune system and clear the airways, and Respiratory Blend to soothe airways and help with breathing.
(Tel: 020 3488 8111)


Olbas Nasal Spray, Olbas Oil and Olbas for Children can all help ease the symptoms of congestion and stuffiness often caused by colds and flu, says Lanes Health. While the nasal spray is clinically proven to unblock the nasal passages and prevent the spread of infections for adults and children aged six and over, Olbas Oil is a decongestant oil made with a combination of natural and essential plant oils to relieve congestion. Both Olbas Oil and Olbas for Children are suitable for children three months and over. (laneshealth.com)


Mac sore throat lozenges are available in two variants: Sore Throat and Dual Action. “Both products are antiseptic and use similarly effective ingredients as other leading sore throat brands,” says Ernest Jackson. “What’s more, competitive pricing makes Mac a convincing value-based alternative to the category leader and other branded sore throat remedies.”
(Tel: 01923 205704)

Ultra Chloraseptic

In a handy 15ml spray, Ultra Chloraseptic is available in blackcurrant, cherry, honey & lemon and original menthol flavours. It delivers a powerful anaesthetic (benzocaine) straight to the site of a painful throat in seconds without numbing the rest of the mouth, says Prestige Brands.
(Tel: 0844 243 6661)

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