Self Care

What symptoms are you experiencing?

We all get into accidents at home or suffer from ailments such as coughs and colds. Most of the time we can patch ourselves up and care for ourselves with the help of a First Aid kit or some over-the-counter remedies.

Symptom checkers (e.g. NHS Choices, here) can help you understand what you can do for yourself or if you need to seek additional help.

There are times when your home First Aid kit simply won’t suffice – it’s important to remember that there are a variety of options available to you, depending on the extent of your pain. You can get advice on whether you need to call or visit another NHS service by asking your local pharmacist.

Be prepared

A well stocked medicine cabinet can help you deal with minor accidents and illnesses at home.

It’s important that your medicine cabinet is well-stocked to deal with minor accidents and injuries at home and that medicines are safely stored according to their labels and are within their use-by dates.

There are medicines to help you feel better if you catch a cold or the flu. Speak to your pharmacist about the best options for you and your family.

Make sure that any medicines you have at home are:

  • stored according to their labels
  • within their use-by dates
  • locked away and safe from children at all times.

Always read the label and be careful with the doses you are giving. If you are unsure, speak to your local pharmacist.