Looking after Yourself
We all hope to avoid coughs and colds, slips and falls and by keeping a well stocked medicine cabinet you'll be able to treat minor illnesses and injuries yourself.
Your medicine cabinet could include:
- Medicines for pain relief and high temperature
- Cough and cold remedies
- Plasters and antiseptic for minor cuts and grazes
- Medicines for indigestion relief
Your local pharmacy can also offer expert advice and information on medication and general healthcare.
Coughs and colds are more common in winter months, and can be hard to avoid.
Symptoms often include coughing, sneezing, a blocked nose or sore throat, a headache or a slight temperature.
You can reduce your risk of spreading winter illnesses by using tissues for coughs and sneezes. Regularly washing your hands with soap and warm water also helps to beat the bugs.
Colds are caused by viruses and so cannot be treated with antibiotics. The best course of action is to rest, eat well and drink plenty of fluids.