Self Care during the winter
Over the winter period we can often be prone to common ailments.
Common Cold - You can often treat a cold without seeing a GP and you should begin to feel better within a week or two. To help you get better more quickly;- Rest and sleep, keep warm, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydaration. Fruit juice or squash mixed with water is also good. Gargle salt water to soothe a sore throat.
Your Pharmacist can help with medicines for colds. Block noses can be relieved with decogestants or tablets. To ease aches or lower a temperature you can use tablets such as paracetamols or ibuprofen. Always follow the advice on the packet and be careful not to use cough and cold medicines alongside as it is incredibly easy to take more than the recommended dose. So medicines are not suitable for babies, children or pregnant woman.
Sore throat - These are common in winter and are almost always caused my viral infections and cannot be helped by antibiotics. one quick and easy recipe for a sore throat is to gargle with salt water (dissolve one teaspoon of salt in a glass of part boiled water), this wont heal the infection but it as anti inflammatory properties and can have a soothing effect.
Norovirus - Also know as the winter vomiting bug - This is extremely infectious stomach bug although unpleasant it is usually over within a few days. It is important to drink plenty of fluid to prevent dehydration and you can also buy oral rehydration fluids from your Pharmacy.
Flu - Best way to prevent getting flu is to have the flu jab or flu nasal spray for children two - seventeen. The vaccine gives good protection and lasts for one year. If you are in a high risk group please contact Reception to book an appointment.
Please remember to order any medication in plenty of time to cover you over the holiday season, if you should run out of your routine medications REMEMBER that your local Pharmacy can provide you with an emergency supply with up to 7 days if you are a resident in Cornwall or 14 days if you are visiting the area.