Self-care is the best choice to treat minor illnesses and injuries. A large range of common illnesses and injuries can be treated at home simply with over-the-counter medicines and plenty of rest. This could include treatment for the following:
Minor aches and pains
Minor sprains, sports injuries, grazed knee and scars
Coughs, colds, blocked noses, fevers and sore throat
Be prepared for most common ailments by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home. Find out what should be included here.
Other self-care conditions and supplies include:
Constipation, diarrhoea and haemorrhoids (piles)
Hayfever and allergies
Headlice (wet combing is recommended)
Indigestion remedies (for occasional use)
Mild acne and eczema
Speak to your local pharmacist to get advice on the best treatment for your symptoms. Click here to find out what your pharmacist can help you with
Find out more about how you can self care at home from the self care forum here
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You can also access advice on self-care 24 hours a day on the NHS Choices website here.
Having a basic knowledge of first aid can save lives. And it can help you to understand when someone needs to go to the hospital or when they might just need a bandage, a cup of tea and a few minutes to recover.