Choose self care this winter

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One of the ways to take care of yourself this winter is to make sure your medicine cabinet is well stocked. Minor conditions such as colds, coughs and sore throats can be easily treated with supplies you can keep at home. It costs as little as £10 to stock your medicine cabinet and this can make a big difference to your health this winter.

We recommend always having the following items at home:

  • Painkillers like ibuprofen and paracetamol
  • Aspirin (should not be taken by children under 12)
  • Antihistamines for allergies
  • Diarrhoea relief
  • Constipation relief
  • Throat lozenges
  • Antacid

You should also have a fully-stocked first aid kit with plasters and bandages. In the summer, make sure you have sunscreen and also antiseptic cream for bites and stings.

Luvjit Kandula, Chief Officer for Leicestershire and Rutland Local Pharmaceutical Committee  says: “One tip for self care is to familiarise yourself with all the different ways you can get medical help if you need it. NHS 111 is available 24/7 to give advice on how to treat any illnesses or injuries you may have.

“All pharmacists are equipped to give you advice on treating minor illnesses or can point you in the direction of more help if necessary. They can also advise on ways you can make small changes to have a healthier lifestyle.”

For more information on Self Care Week visit the Self Care Forum website. You can also get help and advice on looking after your health on our Your Health Services page.

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