Common conditions and minor ailments such as colds and flu, upset stomachs, and aches and pains are generally not a serious health problem for most patients. You can easily treat yourself at home, or with advice from a local pharmacist, helping you to feel better sooner and avoid unnecessary trips to your GP or A&E department.
The NHS.uk website has a wealth of useful information on self care support and links to information on specific health conditions, from commonly occurring symptoms to long term conditions.
Here are some simple self care steps everyone can follow:
Stock up on self care essentials
A well stocked medicine cabinet can be used treat most minor ailments and should include:
- Paracetamol and aspirin, and equivalent syrups (such as Calpol) for children
- Mild laxatives to relieve constipation
- Re-hydration mixtures for diarrhoea or vomiting
- Indigestion remedy
- Thermometer to check for fever
- Range of bandages, plasters, elastic bandages and dressings
- Antiseptic cream
- Tweezers and sharp scissors
All the above are available from your local pharmacy or supermarket at low cost – no prescription or GP appointment required. Further information on medicine cabinet essentials can be found on the NHS.uk website.
Download the NHS App
The NHS App is a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet. You can use the NHS App to:
It’s free and owned by the NHS so you know your personal data is always secure. You The NHS App is available to download on Google Play and Apple app stores.
Find out more about self-care for common conditions
The Self Care Forum has produced a series of factsheets to help you take care of the most common conditions. These provide useful facts about your condition, what you can expect to happen, how to help yourself, when you should see your GP and where to find out more information.
1. Back Pain
3. Heartburn and indigestion
4. Fever in children
6. Headache and migraine
9. Sprains and strains
10. Sore throat
11. Middle ear infection (otitis media)
12. Common cold in adults
14. Urine symptoms in men
15. Venous disease – Looking after your legs
16. COVID19 Series – Boosting your mood
17. COVID19 Series – Getting help from your pharmacist
18. Urinary Incontinence (Leakage) In Adults *New to 2021*
19. COVID19 Series – Long COVID/ Post COVID Syndrome