Keep a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home recommends NHS Wiltshire CCG

Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group is advising local residents to be prepared this winter with their own well-stocked medicine cabinet, so they can treat themselves at the first signs of coughs, colds, sore throats or stomach bugs.

Dr Martin Foley, GP at St James Surgery in Devizes, said
“Most people can take care of their own health at home when they have minor ailments, such as sore throats and coughs by having a well-stocked medicine cabinet, drinking plenty of fluids and getting lots of rest.”

Looking after yourself when you’re feeling under the weather with a minor illness is easy if you already have a well-stocked medicine cabinet.  Keeping the following items will mean you can stay at home and focus on getting back to full health.

What to keep in your medicine cabinet

  • Painkillers – Aspirin, paracetamol and ibuprofen are highly effective at relieving most minor aches, pains, coughs and cold
  • Oral rehydration salts – can help restore your body’s natural balance of minerals and fluid lost through diarrhoea, fever, vomiting – if you can’t continue your normal diet
  • Anti-diarrhoea tablets – it’s a good idea to keep anti-diarrhoea medicine at home as diarrhoea can happen without warning. Causes include food poisoning and a stomach virus
  • Antihistamines – Useful for dealing with allergies, insect bites and hay fever
  • Indigestion treatment – If you have stomach ache, heartburn or trapped wind, a simple antacid will reduce stomach acidity and bring relief
  • Suncream – Keep a suncream of at least factor 15, with UVA protection. Exposure to the sun can cause sunburn and increase your risk of cancer.
Dr Peter Jenkins, Chair of Wiltshire CCG, added,
“Many people are affected by minor illnesses and ailments at this time of year with coughs, colds and sickness and having a well-stocked medicine cabinet means you can treat these symptoms yourself at home and prevent the need for a doctor’s appointment.  Your local pharmacist can also help with advice and over the counter medicine for many minor ailments and you don’t need an appointment to see your pharmacist.”

If you do need medical help and advice on where to go to access the right healthcare (and it’s not an emergency), then call NHS 111 anytime.  It’s free and they operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. <