Keep a well-stocked medicine cabinet at home this winter 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.
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
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
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
Useful for dealing with allergies, insect bites and hay fever
If you have stomach ache, heartburn or trapped wind, a simple antacid will reduce stomach acidity and bring relief
Sunburn can happen at any time of year, so keep some suncream of at least factor 15, with UVA protection. Exposure to the sun can cause sunburn and increase your risk of cancer
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.