Self-care is an important aspect of maintaining good health. Many minor ailments that are typically seen by GPs can be treated at home, which can save you a trip to the doctor and free up time for those with more serious health issues.
The NHS website provides information about some of the most effective home treatments for various conditions, including back pain, dermatitis, heartburn, indigestion, nasal congestion, constipation, migraines, coughs, acne, sprains, and headaches.
It’s worth noting that antibiotics are not necessary for viral infections, which account for a large proportion of respiratory tract infections. These infections will typically clear up on their own with rest, plenty of fluids, and over-the-counter medication such as paracetamol. Taking unnecessary antibiotics for viral infections should be avoided, as they may not be effective the next time you have a bacterial infection.
Maintaining a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home can help you treat many minor ailments, such as colds, coughs, and indigestion. It’s important to keep medicines out of reach of small children, read the instructions carefully, and check expiry dates regularly.
In addition to GP services, there are many other local NHS services you can contact for health advice, information, or treatment. Your local pharmacist can provide advice about various health issues, and there’s no need for an appointment. For more information about who you should see for your healthcare needs, visit the “Who should I see” page on our website.