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
Being prepared for most common ailments by keeping a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home is essential. Find out what should be included here.
Other self-care conditions and supplies include:
- Allergies and hayfever (including bites and stings)
- Gastrointestinal care: constipation, diarrhoea, haemorrhoids (piles), threadworm and vomiting
- Dry skin
- Ear care: ear wax or earache
- Eye care: Sticky, dry or itchy eyes, styes
- Skin care: Athlete’s foot, chickenpox, cold sores, mild acne, atopic eczema/contact dermatitis, fungal skin infections, nappy rash , itching, scabies, warts and verrucae
- 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.
You can also access advice on self-care 24 hours a day on the NHS 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.