Self care

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 
  • Hangover
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:
  • Athlete's foot
  • Constipation, diarrhoea and haemorrhoids (piles) 
  • Dry skin
  • Hayfever and allergies 
  • Headlice (wet combing is recommended)
  • Indigestion remedies (for occasional use)
  • Mild acne and eczema
  • Skin rashes
  • Travel medicines

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

Click on the links below to download resources

Self care poster Paracetamol poster Medicines for Self care leaflet Medication in schools

Please use the links below for further self care advice on the following topics:

Piles (haemorrhoids) and constipation Coughs and Colds Pain symptoms and fever in children Indigestion and heartburn Hayfever

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You can also access advice on self-care 24 hours a day on the NHS Choices website here.

Self care

First Aid

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.

Basic first aid courses are run regularly in most areas around the UK. St John AmbulanceBritish Red Cross and the NHS Ambulance Service all provide a selection of first aid courses.

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