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Self-care refers to the actions we take to recognise, treat and manage our own health and wellbeing. Self-care is important and can sometimes be the best way to treat minor illnesses and injuries. A well-stocked medicine cabinet can help you treat yourself and your family for common ailments.

Ailments such as the common cold, chicken pox and indigestion for example, can often be eased or treated with over-the-counter medicines. Your Pharmacist can provide advice about treating minor health conditions and common ailments. If symptoms persist, or you are concerned,  you should contact your doctor’s surgery or visit NHS 111 online.

Image showing how long patients should wait before needing treatment

Further information

There is further useful information about self-care for Children and Young People on our BLMK Children and Young People Pathways page.

Download and watch a video explaining self-care for common ailments:

Long term conditions in winter

Self Care back pain

Self Care chicken pox

Self Care common cold

Self Care constipation

Self Care cough

Self Care ear infection

Self Care fever in children

Self Care headache

Self Care heartburn/indigestion 

Self Care sore throat 

Self Care sprains and strains

Self Care norovirus – visit the NHS website

For further information about self-care visit the NHS website.

You can also use the NHS App to check your symptoms.

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