Are you stocked up?
Your pharmacist can tell you what you should keep at home in case you begin to feel unwell - having the basics in, as well as any prescription medicines is all part of the keeping well plan.
Have you got these in your medicine cabinet?
Painkillers such as aspirin, paracetamol and ibuprofen are highly effective at relieving most minor aches and pains, such as headaches and menstrual pain. Aspirin must not be given to children under 16.
Antihistamines can come in the form of creams or tablets. Antihistamine creams soothe insect stings and bites, and rashes and itching from stinging nettles.
Diarrhoea and vomiting make us lose water and essential minerals, and can lead to dehydration. If you have these symptoms and can't continue your normal diet, oral rehydration salts can help restore your body's natural balance of minerals and fluids, and relieve discomfort and tiredness. It's agood idea to keep an anti-diarrhoea medicine at home, this can quickly control the unpleasant symptoms of diarrhoea.
If you have stomach ache, heartburn or trapped wind, a simple antacid will reduce stomach acidity and bring relief. Antacids come as chewable tablets, tablets that dissolve in water, or in liquid form.
Don't forget, you can speak to your pharmacist about many healthcare issues, including long-term conditions or go to the Walk-in Service at Oldham Integrated Care Centre, it's open 8am-8pm 365 days a year for minor illnesses and injuries.
A&E departments are there for life threatening emergencies only.