You can be fighting off many minor illnesses this winter yourself, at home, by embracing Self Care for Life. Next week (13-19 November 2017) is Self Care Week, when teams from NHS Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will be sharing the best tips for keeping yourself healthy.
Tips include knowing how long common illnesses take to go away and which over-the-counter medicines to have at home so you’re prepared to tackle minor conditions as soon as they start to develop, filling your medicine cabinet for less than £10.
Dr Jo Leahy, CCG Clinical Chair, said: “Knowing about self care means that when you start to get those early symptoms of minor conditions like coughs, colds and sore throats, you can start tackling it straight away.
“You don’t need to wait to book an appointment to then be sent to your pharmacist, you can start getting sooner, quicker, using the over-the-counter medicines you’ve got in your cabinet.”
Don’t feel well? Do you know how long it takes for minor conditions to clear?
- Ear infection, around four days
- Sore throat, around a week
- A cold, 10 days
- Sinusitis, around two and a half weeks
- Cough, three weeks
Stock your medicine cabinet for less than £10 to tackle minor conditions at home:
- Painkillers like ibuprofen and paracetamol – for as little as 25p each (Junior paracetamol £1.90)
- Aspirin (should not be taken by children under 12) - for as little as 30p
- Antihistamines for allergies - for as little as £2.50 for a month’s supply
- Diarrhoea relief - for as little as £1
- Constipation relief - for as little as £1.60
- Throat lozenges - for as little as 99p
- Antacid - for as little as 99p
You should also have a fully stocked first aid kit with plasters and bandages as well as sunscreen and antiseptic cream for bites and stings.
Your local pharmacy can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaints. Pharmacists are qualified to give advice on a range of conditions, are experts on medicines and can advise people on whether they need to call or visit another NHS service.
If you need medical advice, but you’re not sure where to turn, The NHS 111 telephone service is a FREE call number and gives confidential health guidance and advice, 24 hours a day 365 days a year.