Melissa, 25, is studying clinical psychology at University College London (UCL). She has some important deadlines looming. Waking up with a cold was not part of her plan.
She wants to power-on and go to her classes, but her friend's are telling her to stay at home. Watch Melissa's video diary to see what she does:
We've all suffered from a cold. So, you know what it feels like; a stuffy nose, a sore throat and pounding headache.
Your coughs and sneezes are infectious when you have a cold. This means you can easily pass your sniffles onto the people around you.
There is no cure for a cold. Antibiotics will not help because it is caused by a viral infection. Instead, you should stay at home and rest.
Take paracetamol for any aches and pains. And if your symptoms get worse, or continue for longer than a couple of weeks, go to see your doctor.
Interested in knowing more about managing your own symptoms, preventing infections from spreading and battling antibiotic resistance? Take a look at our guideline for 'Antimicrobial stewardship: changing risk-related behaviours in the general population'.