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Under the Health and Care Act 2022 (effective from 1st July 2022), the planning, arranging and managing of most local health care has been transferred from clinical commissioning groups to integrated care boards. This website will remain live for several months while archiving takes place, but it will not be updated. You may also be directed back this website temporarily where content has not yet been added to the integrated care board’s website. You will only be redirected to this site where the content remains the most up-to-date and correct version.

Visit https://leicesterleicestershireandrutland.icb.nhs.uk/ for the integrated care board for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Thank you for your patience whist we develop our new site.

Helping the people of Leicester to have long and healthy lives.

Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group

Coughs

Most coughs clear up within three weeks and don’t need any treatment. Antibiotics won’t help.

Most coughs clear up within three weeks and don’t need any treatment. There’s usually no need to see your GP. You can look after yourself at home by resting, drinking plenty of fluids, and taking painkillers like paracetamol or ibuprofen.  These do not help you get better more quickly, but they will help the pain.

Seek medical advice if:

  • you’ve had a cough for more than three weeks
  • you’re coughing up increasing amounts of phlegm
  • you cough up blood or are short of breath, or have chest pain (not just when you cough)
  • you have other symptoms, like losing weight for no reason, a change in your voice that doesn’t go away, or lumps or swellings in your neck

Could it be coronavirus?

If you have any of the following symptoms, however mild, you need to do a PCR test as soon as possible to make sure it isn’t Covid-19;

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

Self-isolate until you get your test result and only leave your home to have a test.

Get advice about coronavirus symptoms and what to do

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