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<h2>Get the Right Treatment</h2> <p><strong>Every year, millions of us visit our GP with minor health problems that can be easily resolved without a doctor's appointment.</strong></p> <p>It is estimated that every year, 50 million visits to the GP are made for minor ailments such as coughs and colds, mild eczema, and athlete's foot. By visiting your pharmacy instead, you could save yourself time and trouble.</p> <h2>Self-care</h2> <p><a href="http://www.selfcareforum.org/" target="_blank"> <img style="width: 175px; float: right;" alt="Self Care Aware" src="/images/selfcareaware.jpg" /> </a>Keeping a well stocked medicine cabinet at home can help you treat many minor ailments. Colds, coughs, indigestion and many other minor complaints can all be treated with medicines that are available over the counter.</p> <p>Your pharmacist can advise on what you might find useful to keep in your medicine cabinet. Always follow the instructions on the medicine label and consult your doctor if the illness continues or becomes more severe.</p> <h2>Your Local Pharmacist</h2> <p><img style="height: 117px; width: 125px; float: right; border-width: 0px;" alt="local pharmacy" src="/images/localpharmacy.jpg" />Pharmacists offer professional free health advice at any time - you don't need an appointment. From coughs and colds to aches and pains, they can give you expert help on everyday illnesses. They can answer questions about prescribed and over-the-counter medicines. Your local Pharmacist can also advise on healthy eating. </p> <p>Pharmacists can also advise on health eating, obesity and giving up smoking. Some pharmacists have private areas where you can talk in confidence. They may suggest you visit your GP for more serious symptoms. It is possible to purchase many medicines from the chemist without a prescription.</p> <h2>NHS Walk-In Centres</h2> <p>NHS Walk-In Centres offer convenient access to a range of NHS services for patients based in England only. You can receive treatment for many ailments including:<img style="width: 175px; float: right;" alt="Walk in Centres" src="/images/WalkInCentres.jpg" /></p> <ul> <li>infection and rashes,</li> <li>fractures and lacerations,</li> <li>emergency contraception and advice,</li> <li>stomach upsets,</li> <li>cuts and bruises, or</li> <li>burns and strains.</li> </ul> <p>NHS Walk In Centres treat around 3m patients a year and have proved to be a successful complementary service to traditional GP and A&E services. Some centres offer access to doctors as well as nurses. However, they are not designed for treating long-term conditions or immediately life-threatening problems.</p> <h2>Accident & Emergency (A&E)</h2> <p>Major A&E departments assess and treat patients who have serious injuries or illnesses. Generally, you should visit A&E or call 999 for emergencies, such as:</p> <ul> <li>loss of consciousness,</li> <li>pain that is not relieved by simple analgesia,</li> <li>acute confused state,</li> <li>persistent, severe chest pain, or</li> <li>breathing difficulties.</li> </ul> <p>If you're injured or seriously ill, you should go, or be taken, to A&E. If an ambulance is needed you can call 999, the emergency phone number in the UK. You can also dial 112, which is the equivalent for the European Union.</p> <p>Major A&E departments offer access 365 days a year and usually open 24 hours a day. Be aware that not all hospitals have an A&E department.</p> <p> </p>
The main treatment aim here is to prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of clear fluids. Rehydration powders (e.g. Dioralyte) help the fluid to be absorbed. Vomiting usually settles within a few hours. If it persists beyond 24 hours, sooner in babies and young children, consult your doctor. In adults and older children, kaolin mixture will help reduce the Diarrhoea after the worst is over.
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A first aid instructor explains why it is important to have some first aid skills so that you can act in a life-threatening situation or simply attend to minor burns or scalds. Also, find out why members of the public decided to do a first aid course. Also read the first aid guide
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A cough is a reflex action to clear your airways of mucus and irritants such as dust or smoke. Coughs may be dry or chesty and most coughs clear up within three weeks. Treatment isn't usually necessary, but a home remedy containing honey and lemon may help ease a short-term cough. There's little evidence to suggest that cough medicines will be any more effective. Dry coughs are usually felt in the throat as a tickle that sets off the coughing. It happens when the throat and upper airways become inflamed (swollen). No phlegm (thick mucus) is produced. The common cold or flu causes a dry cough because your brain thinks the inflammation in your throat and upper airways is a foreign object and tries to remove it by coughing. A chesty cough usually produces phlegm. The cough is helpful, because it clears the phlegm from your lung passages. Only see your GP if you've had a cough for more than three weeks after a viral infection, or if your cough is progressively getting worse.
Cold is a mild viral infection of the nose, throat, sinuses and upper airways. It can cause a blocked nose followed by a runny nose, sneezing, a sore throat and a cough.
In adults and older children, the cold will usually last for about a week as the body fights off the infection. Colds in younger children can last up to two weeks. There is no cure for a cold, although you can usually relieve the symptoms of a cold at home by taking over-the-counter medication, such as paracetamol, and drinking plenty of fluids.
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