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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

Follow the links to find out about managing these common illnesses and injuries at home.

If treatment is needed, a wide range of medications can be purchased from community pharmacies and supermarkets. These medications are usually cheaper than a prescription and you can get them without seeing your doctor.

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

Follow the links to find out more about the conditions above and tips for managing them at home.

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

First Aid

Having a basic knowledge of first aid can save lives. 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 Ambulance, British Red Cross and the NHS Ambulance Service all provide a selection of first aid courses.