First symptoms of a cold
At the first symptoms of a cold, those affected ask for advice at the pharmacy and seek quick help for their complaints. PTA-Forum has compiled the most important vocabulary, questions and advice on the subject.
Many people are sensitive to drafts, air conditioning in planes, hotel rooms or conference rooms as well as to temperature changes from overheated rooms to cold stormy weather outside, the result being that they may soon experience the first cold symptoms. Also those who had expected warm weather on their travels and therefore only wore light clothing, may risk catching a cold. As a consequence, a sore throat sets in, the eyes are burning, the nose is running and itching. To avoid a congested nose, which may lead to sinusitis or bronchitis, most of the persons affected immediately seek advice from a pharmacist. Especially when travelling abroad they are rather hesitant to consult a doctor because of the rather annoying symptoms.
Before the pharmacist or pharmacy technician can recommend any medication, they need to ask a few questions and clarify if self-medication can be responsibly commended. If a child has a cold, it is advisable that the parents consult a paediatrician.
Important questions for the consultation
|Deutsch / German||Englisch / English|
|ätherische Öle||essential oils, ethereal oils|
|Arztbesuch||visit to the doctor|
|Einmaltaschentücher||disposable handkerchiefs (coll.: paper hankies)|
|Wärmewickel||heat compress, heat wraps|
| || |
Common cold or allergy
Decongestant nasal drops and sprays are in season all year round. When used permanently, they cause addiction, as the nasal mucous membrane swells chronically. There is therefore a need for advice.
| || |
Acute severe headaches
In the case of acute severe headaches, those affected ask for advice in the pharmacy and seek rapid help for their complaints. PTA Forum has compiled the most important vocabulary, questions and advice on the subject of "headaches".
| || |
Stomach pain & heartburn
When suffering from stomach pain, heartburn or nausea, those affected ask the pharmacist for advice and seek quick help to overcome their symptoms.