Looking after yourself
Self-care is about keeping fit and healthy, understanding when you can look after yourself, and when to get help from a health professional.
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 people. You can easily treat yourself at home, with advice from a local pharmacist.
Stock up on self care essentials
A well stocked medicine cabinet can be used treat most minor ailments and should include:
- Painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen
- Anti-diarrhoeal medicine
- Antiseptic cream (for bites and stings)
- Oral rehydration salts
- Indigestion treatment
- First aid kit including plasters, bandages and a thermometer
All the above are available from your local pharmacy or supermarket at low cost – no prescription or GP appointment required.
Don’t keep or use medicines after their expiry date. Take them to your local community pharmacy where they can be disposed of safely.