​​​​​Staying healthy with self-care​

 Looking after yourself at home, or keeping healthy with self-care, is the best way to treat a minor illness or injury. A range of common illnesses and injuries can be treated with home remedies, combining a well-stocked medicine cabinet and first aid supplies with plenty of rest.

Self-care also includes the things you do every day to stay fit and maintain good physical and mental health. There's lots of advice available on how to stay healthy and help to make healthy choices. Read more on our healthy lifestyles page.

Everyday illnesses​

If you have a cough or cold, hangover, graze or an upset stomach you can treat the symptoms at home – in fact, staying at home and getting plenty of rest is often the best place for you.

Make sure your medicine cabinet and first aid box are well stocked and include:

  • paracetamol
  • a thermometer
  • antihistamines (for a mild allergy)
  • aspirin (not for under 16yrs)
  • rehydration mixture (rehydration salts)
  • diarrhoea tablets (such as Imodium)
  • plasters
  • bandages
  • indigestion remedy

Your pharmacist can also give you advice and treatment for common conditions as well as dispensing prescriptions.
They can help when you with a range of common conditions including with painful coughing, skin conditions or diarrhoea. 

Not Always A&E

There are quicker and easier local alternatives to A&E where you can get expert advice and treatment including: self-care at home, pharmacies, your GP and ​urgent care centres.

Find out more about the Not Always A&E campaign and your nearest service for the treatment you need.

Updated April 2016